Utah Congressman Rob Bishop and others blasted President Barack Obama's plan to radically reshape NASA's future space flight program.
The presidential plan, outlined by Obama during a speech Thursday in Florida, cuts out ATK Space Systems, a major Top of Utah employer, from providing a rocket motor already in the pipeline for NASA.
"The challenge facing our space program differs from the decades past," said Obama.
In a speech at the Kennedy space center, Obama detailed his replacement vision for NASA.
It includes privatizing more of the technology and hardware to be used for flights to space, including Mars. But Obama is ditching plans to head to the moon, a major thrust for the program dubbed by NASA as the Constellation project.
"We've been there before," President Obama said about another moon shot.
Congressman Bishop, R-Utah, along with ranking Republicans on the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee provided live, Internet reaction to the speech.
"This plan costs billions upon billions more than if we were to stay the course ... a proven course grounded in proven research and technologies," wrote Bishop during the speech.
ATK, which employs more than 2,000 people in Box Elder County, worked several years on its part of the Constellation program that former President George W. Bush proposed as a way to revive manned missions to the moon and beyond.
ATK has been developing the rocket engine to motor the next generation of NASA missiles.
Company officials were not available for immediate comment to the President's speech.
But Bishop and other vowed to lead a legislative effort to restore the Constellation program.