SpaceX Starship Hop Now Likely For Monday

FILE - This Sept. 20, 1966 photo provided by the San Diego Air and Space Museum shows an Atlas Centaur 7 rocket on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Fla. A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is the Centaur upper stage of this 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Observations by a telescope in Hawaii clinched its identity, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Convair/General Dynamics Astronautics Atlas Negative Collection/San Diego Air and Space Museum via AP)

It looks like a test launch of a SpaceX Starship prototype will remain on hold until early next week.  FAA-approved flight restrictions for today’s launch of the Starship SN8 from Boca Chica Beach have reportedly been pulled.  Some sort of testing at the site remains possible today, as road closures remain in effect.  SpaceX has also reportedly lowered the maximum height that the Starship prototype will reach, dropping the test hop from nearly 50-thousand-feet to just over 41-thousand-feet.  No reason was given for the change.

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