We couldn’t get near the vehicle last night until 10 p.m. because of bad storms that moved through the area. Pea sized hail fell around the OPFs and VAB, but missed Pad A (thank god!). Everyone’s ears perked up when the weather warning called for severe T-storms and hail moving through the area. Lightning struck Pad B once and our pad three times, but the lightning protection system kept the vehicle from getting damaged. Don’t need another rollback!
We are working the weekend to try to make up the time we lost last night. The astronauts will be here next week, so we’re getting things ready for their countdown and emergency practice runs. The payload bay doors should have been opened this morning, so payload installation into the payload bay is scheduled to occur on Sunday.