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FAA issues travel advisory for Boca Chica for April 10, 2023 Starship launch

Though the FAA has not yet issued the launch license to SpaceX, allowing it to do the first orbital launch test of its Superheavy/Starship rocket, the agency today did issue a travel advisory for the Boca Chica area for April 10-11, 2023, in connection with this launch.

The FAA advisory is here. Scroll down to see the space activities section, which includes this information:

PRIMARY: 04/10/23 1310-1745Z
BACKUP(S): 04/11-12/23 1310-1745Z

Based on this information, we should expect the FAA launch license to be publicly announced any moment.

Hat tip BtB’s stringer Jay, who trolls Twitter so I don’t have to.

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  • geoffc

    There is a rumour going around that as soon as the FAA gives the launch license there is a Civil Suit looking to halt the launch on environmental grounds.

    We shall see. Miss Passover is all I ask Apr 10-11 is good. right now. I want to watch live!

  • MDN

    It was reported by NASA Space Flight in a recent video update on Starship that there has been a Notice to Mariners issued for around the Hawaiian islands for April 6-10 as well.

  • Richard M

    Related: Eric Berger just tweeted this out:

    “For what it’s worth SpaceX has told NASA it is targeting April 10, with backup days on April 11 and 12, for the Starship Orbital Flight Test. None of this is official without a launch license and the usual caveats apply. Who knew that wen hop applied to more than Easter bunnies?”

    Eric has some very good sources. That said, his caveats all apply, too.

    That said, if there is a scrub, there could well be a significant delay in the next attempt, according to Zack Golden, whose RGV Aerial team has been watching Starbase activity like hawks: “In the event of a scrubbed launch attempt for the first Starship Orbital Flight Test, it will take at least 3 days to top off the Orbital Tank Farm. This is based on the number of tankers needed to refill the storage tanks after the Wet Dress Rehearsal.” Berger grilled him a bit on that. Zack clarified: “Our team has been tracking the number of offloads to the tank farm for about 9 months. They have documented the patterns after each testing event. This is an estimation based on post WDR deliveries, and the maximum number of offloads that have been recorded in a 24 hour span.”

    Take it for what it’s worth: a cautionary note, at least.

    But first, let’s see that FAA license!

  • Richard M

    WaPo’s Christian Davenport hearing the same thing:

    “For the SpaceX Starship launch attempt, 4/10 is possible, I’m told. The FAA safety evaluation is complete, the legal review is underway but there is an environmental issue to close out. That may or may not get resolved by Monday but it sounds like the license is almost there.”

    This may make Bob’s blood a little, though.

  • Jeff Wright

    With Trump being roasted, the powers that be are happy to let this slide. I could see a few boxes of tacks and downed wires slowing the usual suspects’ ESG suits until after the launch. Severe weather and all blowing things around-you see. Elon needs night vision to watch for same.

  • Star Bird

    I want t o send all Liberal Democrats to the Ice Planet of Hoth and meet a Wampa

  • Mike Borgelt

    I’m going for 4/12
    Gagarin, Columbia.

  • Jester Naybor

    Could it be that the FAA is now on the side of SpaceX. … and is coordinating with SpaceX to publish the launch license so close to liftoff that the Forces of Lawfare don’t attain standing and can’t move fast enough to stop it?

    Hey, a guy can dream …

  • Doubting Thomas

    Trying with my son, to divine what we do. We got tickets for 1st OFT at Rocket Ranch Outpost.

    Eric Berger says he has sources (he won’t name) say that April 10-12 window is GONE.

    Yet NASA WB-57 out of JSC is still held as placeholder.

    Go or don’t go on Sunday??? Mike says 4/12

    Any thoughts Robert or Commentators?

  • Doubting Thomas: I wish I could give you some advice, but predicting the date of this launch is impossible. Even if you go and stay for a week there is no guarantee that is when it will happen.

  • Doubting Thomas

    I’ll let you guys know what I do and assuming that I get there to see it, I’ll give you my impressions as a guy that has seen Saturn V, Titan IIIC, Space Shuttle, Falcon Heavy close up (w/in 5 miles).

  • Richard M

    Yeah, we may only know with any certainty just a few days before, if that.

    Right now, the launch date seems to be (tentatively, I emphasize) April 17.

    But it does look like April 10 will end up being a wet dress rehearsal instead. I am unsure if that justifies a drive down there to spectate.

  • sippin_bourbon

    Currently, weather for the Southern tip of TX is looking rough for 4/10.

    If I up and disappeared to TX for a week, right before Easter, my wife would kill me.
    Still the temptation is there…

  • Doubting Thomas

    SpaceX just posted on Twitter Feed:

    SpaceX @SpaceX 2h

    Starship fully stacked at Starbase. Team is working towards a launch rehearsal next week followed by Starship’s first integrated flight test ~week later pending regulatory approval.

    My son and I are moving all our arrangements to Sunday the 16th of April.

    Sippin….maybe you can make Easter at home, not be killed by your wife and still come to TX to watch launch.

  • Edward

    If you haven’t seen it yet, Tim Dodd, Everyday Astronaut, has some tourist and travel tips for going to Starbase: (1/2 hour)

  • Doubting Thomas

    Tim Dodd’s piece is great. The better of the two “Touring Starbase” features he has done.

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