Lookout, Cape Canaveral…
At dawn, tomorrow, the largest single-story building in the world will be tested as never before. The Kennedy Space Center’s most visible landmark, the Vertical Assembly Building – or VAB – may take a direct hit from Hurricane Matthew bringing winds of 130 miles per hour sustained and 165 miles per hour in gusts.
The problem is that the VAB was only designed to withstand 125 mile-per-hour winds. Even though this massive building is designed with panels in its sides that a strong hurricane can blow out to reduce the sideways pressure on this massive building, no one knows if the VAB can survive wind speeds in excess of her design limit.