Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today lauded the AdministrationвЂ™s announcement that NASA has settled on plans for the replacement to the now retired space shuttle. The announcement made today confirms that Alliant Techsystems (ATK)-produced solid rocket boosters will, in fact, be an essential component of the new plan to launch a test flight into low earth orbit by 2017. ATK has facilities located in Northern Utah.
вЂњWhile todayвЂ™s announcement is welcome news, I remain very concerned that, under the current Administration, much uncertainty remains with regards to the future of NASA and its commitment to manned space travel,вЂќ said Bishop. “However, todayвЂ™s announcement does help address some of the looming uncertainty that has been surrounding NASAвЂ™s commitment to any future manned space exploration. I am pleased that the Administration and NASA have finally settled on a plan for the immediate future.
“Allowing our leadership in space exploration to lapse is detrimental not only to the future of space exploration but also to our missile defense capabilities. I am proud that ATKвЂ™s impressive record of success and many contributions to advancements in space exploration have been recognized and that they will continue to play a pivotal role in future exploration of the cosmos.”