NASA Moves 380-Foot-Tall Mobile Launcher Inside Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

NASA crews at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center were prepping for Hurricane Dorian on Friday, August 30, by moving the center’s 380-foot-tall mobile launcher inside to shield it from the storm.

The structure, used to prepare and launch rockets, weighs about 10.5 million pounds.

This video shows a 6.6-million-pound crawler transporter moving the mobile launcher from Launch Pad 39B to a Vehicle Assembly Building at the space center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The Vehicle Assembly Building was described by local media as a “windowless fortress” that can endure wind speeds of about 125 mph.

As of 5 pm on Friday, Dorian was about 420 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas and about 595 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The storm was moving at 9 mph with winds up to 115 mph, making it a Category 3 hurricane, the update said. The hurricane was projected to strengthen further and remain “extremely dangerous,” the NHC said.

Hurricane Dorian was expected to move near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday and near Florida late Monday, the NHC said. Credit: NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems via Storyful