FAA restricts flight around Boca Chica next week for rocket launch and recovery

SpaceX engineers continue work on Starship prototype "hopper" at Boca Chica Beach Wednesday morning as crew prepare to test the rockets engine. (Miguel Roberts | The Brownsville Herald)

The notice was posted Friday as SpaceX entered its second day of testing. The restricted space is from the surface up to and including 1,000 feet.

Cameron County closed a portion of State Highway 4 to Boca Chica Beach Thursday and Friday so that SpaceX could conduct “tank tests” on its prototype Starship Hopper, Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino said Thursday.

The airspace restrictions are scheduled to be an effect from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.