UPDATED: Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 1:20pm
McGregor, TX — Since NASA shut down the space shuttle program in 2011, the agency has been relying on their Russian counterparts and private companies like SpaceX to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
The President wanted to have all missions launch off American soil by 2015, but that has now been kicked down the road by a couple of years.
SpaceX has a contract to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, but not human cargo. NASA has been using the Russian space agency to do that work.
In a Tuesday announcement, NASA snubbed SpaceX and decided to keep using Russian resources even though SpaceX said they could do it almost 50 million dollars cheaper per person.
NASA cited Congress’ lack of funding as the reason for the delay.
SpaceX testing facilities are located in McGregor.