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Florida’s Space Coast on track after Ian, set for 3 launches in 3 days

United Launch Alliance moves its Atlas V booster into the Vertical Integration Facility  adjacent to Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Monday, August 26.

Enlarge / United Launch Alliance moves its Atlas V booster into the Vertical Integration Facility adjacent to Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Monday, August 26. (credit: United Launch Alliance)

Hurricane Ian cut a devastating swath across Florida this week, and its core passed directly over Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral on Thursday.

However, by then, Ian had weakened to become a moderately strong tropical storm, with the bulk of its heaviest rainfall to the north of the launchpads along the Atlantic coast. As a result, damage to NASA’s launch facilities at Kennedy Space Center, and the Space Force launchpads at Cape Canaveral, was minimal.

Accordingly, by Friday, work was already underway at facilities along Florida’s “Space Coast” for a rapid-fire succession of three launches in three days.

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