Many across Valley may be looking forward to the first rocket launch out of south Texas into space. Even though the founder and CEO of SpaceX talks about tests beginning as early as this week, don’t expect a rocket soaring though Brownsville skies just yet.
This weekend Elon Musk was very active on social media. He was detailing some of the activities at the South Texas sites. You may recall the starship prototype and one of it’s Raptor Engines are currently at the launch site near Boca Chica Beach.
This weekend Elon Musk suggesting that some of the initial tests may be taking place the week of March 18. Musk says the one engine on the prototype starship currently in Brownsville will be for very short hops, saying first hops will lift off but only barely.
He also he responds to a letter circulating online claiming to detail the closure of HWY 4 and various “checkpoints” placed for safety. Residents in the area claim that they were told two checkpoints would be placed. One near the Border Patrol checkpoint where only residents will be allowed when closures are announced and a hard checkpoint on LBJ and HWY 4, where no one, including SpaceX staff would be allowed once the closures are issued.
Recently, Cameron County announcing that the County Judge will have the authority to close the road for SpaceX. However, no word on when they plan to announce said closure.
You may remember that the spacecraft once had a nose cone out on Boca Chica Beach. Elon Musk now says they’re skipping building a new one because the prototype does not need it.