Police issue an arrest warrant for a YouTuber who got into SpaceX’s Texas launch site and filmed the Starship rocket

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk next to a Starship rocket prototype.

  • Police have issued an arrest warrant for a YouTuber who got into a SpaceX facility in South Texas in March.
  • Caesar L. Galaviz filmed himself walking around the SpaceX launch site, and got close to the Starship SN11 rocket.
  • The sheriff of Cameron County said an arrest warrant has been issued for Galaviz.
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Police are looking for a YouTube creator who entered SpaceX’s launch site in South Texas and filmed close-up videos of SpaceX’s SN11 Starship rocket.

In late March, Caesar L. Galaviz got into the Boca Chica base of Elon Musk’s aerospace company without any security stopping him. He filmed himself wandering around the launch site and walking underneath the 16-story-tall prototype Starship. He then uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, which is called Loco VlogS.

Sheriff Eric Garza of Cameron County tweeted on Monday that police had issued an arrest warrant for Galaviz “for intentionally going onto the SpaceX property without their consent.”

Garza said Galaviz’s last known location was Conroe, Texas.

Galaviz recorded videos with the Starship prototype days before it burst into flames when landing during a test flight. The rocket was on stilts, so Galaviz couldn’t touch it.

This was the fourth Starship rocket to explode – but SpaceX’s most recent Starship test, on May 5, was successful.

Galaviz later deleted the video, which got five likes and 100 dislikes, but another YouTube account reuploaded the recording on March 31.

Galaviz posted an apology video on April 1, saying his actions were “wrong” and “illegal.”

“In my eyes, in that time of moment, I didn’t really think about that,” he said.

Galaviz told Insider in April that he entered the premises because he thought it would make a good video for his YouTube subscribers. “I hope that the SpaceX community can forgive me for my actions,” he said.

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A YouTuber got into a SpaceX launch site and filmed himself with the prototype SN11 Starship, days before the rocket exploded in a test flight

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SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is building and launching Starship prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas.

  • A YouTuber entered a SpaceX facility and filmed closeup videos of the Starship rocket, SN11.
  • Caesar later posted an apology video, saying “it was illegal but … I didn’t really think about that.”
  • He recorded the Starship SN11 days before it exploded during a test flight.
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A YouTuber filmed himself entering a SpaceX facility in south Texas last week, where he managed to get close to the company’s prototype Starship rocket without security stopping him.

The YouTuber, known as Caesar on his channel “Loco VlogS,” entered the Boca Chica grounds of Elon Musk’s company in late March, The Verge first reported Thursday. He has since deleted the video, which The Verge reported got five likes and 100 dislikes.

Another YouTube account reuploaded the recording on March 31. It shows Caesar walking around the 16-story-tall prototype Starship SN11, walking underneath it and getting close to the three truck-sized Raptor engines. Nobody else appears in the video. Caesar does not touch the rocket, which is on stilts.

Caesar filmed the Starship rocket days before it exploded on landing during a test – the fourth time a Starship prototype crashed during testing. Musk eventually wants to build 1,000 Starships to carry people and cargo to Mars, where they can establish a human settlement.

Caesar didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, but he posted a video on April 1 apologizing. “Yes it was wrong, yes it was illegal but in my eyes, in that time of moment, I didn’t really think about that,” he said.

“What went through my mind was, ‘Okay, I’m never gonna get this opportunity again.’ So I went for it. And, well, this happened.”

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SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, but a NASA spokesperson told the Verge that “SpaceX notified NASA that they investigated this incident.”

The agency “takes safety and security very seriously,” it added.

This isn’t the first time that fans have entered SpaceX premises. Insider reported in 2019 that a SpaceX fan was accused of criminal trespassing and arrested for getting too close to a rocket prototype called Starhopper.

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