WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Reps. Rob Bishop (UT-1) and Jason Chaffetz (UT-3) today met with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to ensure NASA continues to implement the parameters of the Space Launch System (SLS), NASA’s new rocket, in accordance with the 2010 NASA Authorization Act. The two initial flight tests of the SLS, which will use solid rocket motors, are scheduled to begin in 2017. The solid rocket motors that will propel the SLS will be manufactured in Northern Utah.
HATCH: “I appreciate Administrator Bolden briefing us on the status of NASA’s next rocket. We had a great meeting today and Administrator Bolden discussed the objectives of the mission and the test flights that are slated to begin in 2017. I’ll continue to keep in close contact with Administrator Bolden to ensure this process continues to move forward.”
LEE: "I am pleased we were able to meet with Administrator Bolden and his team to discuss new technologies and how they might assist the Space Launch System. Utah has a unique interest in seeing the project go forward and today's discussion was a positive step in that direction."
BISHOP: ““It is troubling to see what has become of NASA since the President has been in office and even more concerning to learn of the implications on our missile defense capabilities. I recognize that Administrator Bolden has been tasked with a difficult mission in implementing many of the Administration’s space policies. I always appreciate his willingness to sit down with us to take questions and hear our concerns regarding the future of solid rocket motors. I was pleased to hear his confirmation that we remain on schedule for 2017. Ensuring that delays are not occurring with the progression of the Space Launch System is a priority.”
CHAFFETZ: “America has a competitive edge in space and we need to keep that competitive edge. I appreciate the dialogue with Administrator Bolden this morning and hope to continue working closely together to ensure America retains this advantage.”