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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

Space, Science and NASA

In my first term, I was pleased to serve on the House Science Committee, where I had a seat on the Subcommittee on Space. My original desire to serve on this specific subcommittee was based on the important connection Northern Utah has to our nation’s space program through entities like ATK Thiokol and the USU Space Dynamics Lab located in our District. Then the tragic events of the Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003 pushed this subcommittee’s work to the forefront of important issues before Congress. That day was obviously a sad day for all Americans, as we joined in mourning with the families of those brave astronauts who were lost. Our thoughts and prayers went out to all involved, including the thousands of Utahns whose important skills directly benefit the Shuttle program. That tragedy is a reminder of the courage and commitment of our NASA flight crews and support teams – we should always be proud of their heroism and patriotism. I am confident that we who are left behind learned from this loss and that America’s space programs are producing remedies and moving forward. Space exploration and experimentation are critically valuable to our nation. I know of no better way to honor those seven who sacrificed their lives than to recommit ourselves to defend and enhance America’s important strategies in space.

More on Space, Science and NASA

April 5, 2017 Press Release
Orbital ATK has announced the early production of hardware for its Next Generation Launch system. This program is estimated to create 200 new jobs in Utah, primarily at the company's Promontory, UT location. This new family of Solid Rocket Boosters called the "Castor 300" series, is aimed at lessoning US commercial reliance on Russian rockets. Rep. Rob Bishop released the following statement:  
April 30, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON —In response to the latest U.S. sanctions, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin addressed America's reliance on the Russian Soyuz to transport astronauts to space. Rogozin stated, "I propose that the United States delivers its astronauts to the ISS with the help of a trampoline."
April 10, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON– U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA), Robert Aderholt (R-AL), John Culberson (R-TX), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Pete Olson (R-TX), Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Ted Poe (R-TX) have once again reintroduced bipartisan legislation directing NASA to develop a plan for returning to the Moon and establishing a human presence there. The RE-asserting American Leadership in Space Act, or REAL Space Act, sets a clear course for NASA toward human space flight while keeping within current budgetary constraints.
August 3, 2012 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today released the following statement in response to NASA's decision to exclude ATK from the companies awarded the contract for the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative:
April 25, 2012 Press Release
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.
September 14, 2011 Press Release
 Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today lauded the Administration'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.  
April 16, 2010 Press Release
General Robert Kehler, U.S. Air Force Space Command said just this week that some of his chief concerns [about NASA's Constellation Cancellation which terminates the Ares Rocket] were a "fragile industrial base" and an acquisition process that is far too slow and cumbersome to field new leaps ahead [in] technologies in a timely manner. He added that he is "not comfortable" with the state of the U.S.
April 16, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement after meeting with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today.  Bishop, along with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) met with Administrator Bolden to discuss the President Obama's plans to cancel NASA's human space flight program.
April 16, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today decried President Obama's plans to cancel the Ares rocket and NASA's human space flight program, noting that billions of taxpayer dollars will be wasted terminating a highly proven and successful Ares rocket program, with billions more being dumped into unproven start-up efforts that are over five years away from being ready.  
March 23, 2010 Article
By ANDY PASZTOR, Wall Street Journalclick here to view the article The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is scrambling to come up with a new budget proposal to placate congressional critics as senior members of the House Appropriations Committee say that White House's plan for the agency won't fly on Capitol Hill.