Boca Chica residents told to evacuate today as SpaceX readies for Starship SN9 ...

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SpaceX is due to launch and land Starship SN9 on its first suborbital flight after a month of delays, launch reviews and engine swaps. Elon Musk's company aimed to launch the SN9 earlier this week but the plans were scuppered by strong winds in the launch area of Boca Chica, South Texas. Subsequent attempts to fly the 160ft (50m) rocket were delayed pending a launch review US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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SpaceX fans will be glad to know, however, the launch might finally go ahead today (January 28).

Cameron County Judge Eddie Travino Jr has issued road closure notices for Boca Chica - a good sign a rocket launch is imminent.

The road closures are in effect between 3pm and midnight GMT (9am and 6pm CST).

Judge Travino said: "Should SpaceX not complete its test launch activities on January 29, 2021, then SpaceX may use an alternative date to complete its test launch activities."

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The FAA has also issued flight restrictions over SpaceX's South Texas facility, citing "space operations" in the area.

The temporary flight restrictions are in effect between 2pm and 11.59pm GMT (8am and 5.59pm CST) on Thursday and Friday.

The residents of Boca Chica Village have also been instructed to evacuate today, according to Mary, a NASASpaceFlight videographer and local resident.

She tweeted early on Thursday (UK time): "Boca Chica Village residents have been asked to evacuate by 8am tomorrow.

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