- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2012

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. (AP) - The first commercial cargo run to the International Space Station is off until spring.

SpaceX planned to launch its unmanned supply ship from Cape Canaveral on Feb. 7. But the company said more testing was needed with the spacecraft, named Dragon. And on Friday, officials confirmed the launch would not occur until late March.

Space station commander Daniel Burbank says he’d like to take part in the historic event, but it’s important that SpaceX fly when it’s ready. Burbank will return to Earth in mid-March.

Just over a year ago, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. became the first private business to send a spacecraft into orbit and return it safely. NASA is counting on companies like SpaceX to keep the station stocked, now that the shuttles are retired.

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