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Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2019 10:21 am

CameronCounty announced Friday afternoon that closures related to SpaceX testing at BocaChicaBeach have been rescheduled.

The county had posted notice earlier this week that testing scheduled for late May was rescheduled to the week of June 3, but those plans are now on hold for another week.

According to a notice posted on the county’s website, State Highway 4 to BocaChicaBeach is scheduled to close from 2 to 8 p.m. on June 11 and/or in the alternative on June 12 and/or on the alternative on June 13.

The county has also established a hotline for road closures. The public can call (956) 548-9541 for information about the closures.

The first SpaceX tests occurred in April when Boca Chica Beach and State Highway 4 repeatedly closed as SpaceX’s Starship Hopper prototype underwent multiple tests, which peaked with the prototype’s first “hop,” where it lifted off the ground about three feet.

During these tests, the Starship Hopper prototype was tethered.

SpaceX Ceo Elon Musk said on Twitter on April 26 that crews were preparing for untethered hover tests.

On May 20, SpaceX filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to modify its experimental testing license.

According to that application, SpaceX wants to fly the hopper vertically from the ground to under 1,640 feet for low-altitude tests and up to 16,404 feet for its high-altitude tests.

 

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com

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