Kennedy Space Center remains closed, but spared major damage

The roof on this industrial building behind the Space Station Processing Facility at KSC appears to have sustained minor damage after Hurricane Irma lashed the center with high winds

Kennedy Space Center remains closed, but spared major damage

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida appears to have weathered Hurricane Irma well but remains closed while damage is assessed.

Bob Richards, chief executive of Moon Express, said after a panel discussion here September 12 that the company's facilities at the former Launch Complex 17 and 18 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station had also suffered only minor damage during the hurricane, which would not affect the company's work there.

Power has been restored to NASA and Air Force facilities but water service is out. Until that's restored, Kennedy will stay closed to non-essential personnel. Inspection crews were out in full force.

Brigadier General Wayne Monteith, who's in charge of Air Force operations says, "We dodged another bullet".

About 9,000 people work at Kennedy, a lot of them contractors. On Monday, Irma remained well to the west of Cape Canaveral. Images of an aerial tour of the center September 12 showed some roof and other exterior damage to some buildings, but not necessarily as serious as what KSC suffered when Hurricane Matthew passed just offshore in October 2016.

Several private companies, including Boeing and SpaceX, have operations at Kennedy and reported minimal damage. In addition, the Air Force's secretive X-37B space planes - one rocketed into orbit just last week - use a couple of former shuttle hangars.

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