SpaceX fans worldwide paid close attention to the company's Boca Chica facility in South Texas on Monday. Standing on the launch pad and cleared for flight, the Starship SN9 prototype was due to launch on its first 6.2 to 7.8 miles (10km to 12.5km) test flight. The launch appears to have been called off, however, as strong winds in the launch area were a cause for concern.
Michael Baylor of NASASpaceflight.com tweeted: "The wind is the primary issue preventing a flight today.
"Starship SN9 could be in good shape for Tuesday's launch window which opens at 8am Central."
SpaceX has two more launch opportunities this week, should more delays get in the way of SN9 flying.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued flight restrictions for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with Monday's so-called note to airmen (NOTAM) now scrubbed.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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SpaceX launch: The SN9 test flight was scrubbed on Monday (Image: NASASPACEFLIGHT/MICHAEL BAYLOR TWITTER)
SpaceX launch scrubbed: More launch windows are open on Tuesday and Wednesday (Image: NASASPACEFLIGHT)
The remaining restrictions are in place between 2pm and 11.59pm GMT (8am and 6.59pm CST) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The NOTAMs designate a no-fly zone around Boca Chica Beach, near Brownsville.
The US Coast Guard has also designated an official hazard zone extending from SpaceX's facility and into the Gulf of Mexico during the launch hours.
Mariners in the area have been warned of possible dangers such as debris, fires and blast pressure during the test flight.
Starship will take to the skies more than a month after its previous iteration, SN8, spectacularly crash landed.
SpaceX launch scrubbed: FAA flight restrictions around Boca Chica (Image: