BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -

SpaceX aborted its launch from Cape Canaveral on Saturday night minutes before the launch window ended.

The launch was set for Launch Complex 40 during a window starting at 6:36 p.m. Engineers determined the weather was too bad to launch.

The launch is important for Orbcomm, which is trying to deploy a new commercial satellite constellation, and for SpaceX, which is trying to increase its launch rate and continue efforts to recover and reuse rocket boosters, Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports.

It's the first of two missions scheduled this year to deploy 17 second-generation satellites for Orbcomm, a publicly traded New Jersey company whose "machine-to-machine" networks provide information on heavy equipment and goods moved around the globe by road, rail and sea.

There was no word on the next launch opportunity for the Falcon 9.