House committee approves funding to preserve Ares rocket

The House Committee on Science and Technology approved the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 on Thursday. Language in the bill assists in the preservation of the Ares 1 rocket and Orion space capsule. The legislation must now be voted on by the full House of Representatives for final passage. “This has been a team effort on behalf of the entire Utah delegation from day one,” says First District Congressman Rob Bishop, R-UT. “This week, we were able to build upon developments made last week in the Senate by including even stronger language that will help ensure the preservation of solid rocket motor technologies, such as the Ares 1 rocket.”Rep. Bishop says that he had cooperation from Second District Congressman Jim Matheson, D-UT, in getting language inserted into the bill to help the bill’s progress.”While we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Rep. Bishop continues, “this is a significant advancement in our efforts to ensure that the U.S. does not forfeit its dominance in space exploration and missile defense to foreign and often unfriendly countries. “I will continue to help maintain this positive momentum by working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure that all essential components necessary to the preservation of solid rocket technologies are upheld during the final conference committee process.”

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