On September 24, 2022, NASA announced that it was postponing indefinitely planned on the 27th, the launch of the SLS rocket as part of the Artemis 1 mission and removes it from the launch pad. This is due to an impending tropical storm.
“NASA abandons launch option and prepares to remove rocket from launch site while continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Ian weather forecast“, – said the representative of the agency.
At the moment, an emergency has been declared in the state of Florida, and the storm itself formed in the Caribbean Sea on September 24. It is expected to intensify to the level of a full hurricane in a few days.
The storm is forecast to pass southwest of Jamaica, pass over the Cayman Islands, and also cross western Cuba. It will reach the coast of Florida in the middle of next week.
So far, NASA is considering an October 5 launch, as the current window, which runs until October 4, is likely to be missed. If the hurricane does not decrease, then the date will be postponed again. Thereafter, launch windows may be October 17-31, excluding October 24-26 and October 28.
Previously, due to malfunctions, the NASA probe flying to the moon, translated to safe operating mode.