The U.S. government shutdown has forced SpaceX to delay the launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket.

Currently, the Falcon Heavy is on the launchpad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL awaiting its first test flight. And it will remain there because a test requires the help of the U.S. Air Force, which is unable to provide assistance pending the passage of a spending bill.

In a statement to news site The Verge on Monday, the Air Force’s 45th Space Wing, which is tasked with keeping the public safe during launches, said that the shutdown has caused it to remove “key members of the civilian workforce” from its efforts. Without those people, the spokesperson told The Verge, it’s unable to support launch operations.

The decision comes after Republicans and Democrats failed to reach an agreement on spending that ultimately led to the government shut down. Both sides, including President Donald Trump, are now negotiating to reopen the government. A temporary agreement could be hashed out today that would renew funding for a period of time.

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