16-minutes before the scheduled lift-off, SpaceX decided to suspend the launch due to poor weather conditions.

The scheduled launch on Wednesday supposed to take NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station (ISS).

The next opportunity for SpaceX and NASA will come on Saturday, said a BBC report.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “I know there’s a lot of disappointment today. The weather got us.”

“But this was a great day for NASA and for SpaceX. Our teams worked together in a really impressive way, making good decisions all along. So, let’s go; let’s go get this done. Saturday is going to be a great day,” he added.

The launch was meant to be the first orbital mission from the US in nine years.

The United States has retired its space shuttles in 2011.

Since then, the US utilized the Russian Soyuz vehicles to send its own astronaut into space.

NASA has been giving up its past practice of owning and operating the space systems, it uses in low-Earth orbit and intends in the future simply to buy crew transport services from the private sector – much like a company might outsource its payroll or HR needs, said BBC.

SpaceX is the first of these new service providers.

Bridenstine added that this approach will save his agency money that can then be spent on missions to the Moon and Mars.

“We envision a future where low-Earth orbit is entirely commercialized, where NASA is one customer of many customers, where we have numerous providers that are competing on cost, on innovation and safety,” he said.

“We are proving out a business model that ultimately will enable us to go to the Moon, this time sustainably. In other words, we’re going to go to the Moon to stay,” Bridenstine added.

The launch is rescheduled for 15:22 EDT on Saturday.


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