Aeronautics (71 - 80 of 110 items)
Administrative Systems: NASA Should Reassess Its AIM Program and Rescind Its IBM-Compatible Policy
IMTEC-90-41: Published: May 1, 1990. Publicly Released: May 8, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) automatic data processing (ADP) procurement practices.GAO found that NASA: (1) relied on headquarters and each of its nine centers to individually process automated administrative data; (2) did not provide adequate documentation justifying its decision to decentralize the operation of Autom...
Space Program: Space Debris a Potential Threat to Space Station and Shuttle
IMTEC-90-18: Published: Apr 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) response to the space debris issue, focusing on: (1) its plans and cost estimates for protecting the planned space station from debris; (2) NASA and Department of Defense (DOD) debris tracking capabilities; and (3) the effect of orbital debris on space shuttle operations.GAO found that: (1)...
Space Operations: NASA Is Not Properly Safeguarding Valuable Data From Past Missions
IMTEC-90-1: Published: Mar 2, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1990.
GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) management and storage of space science data.GAO found that NASA: (1) stored space data under unsatisfactory conditions; (2) did not perform an agencywide inventory of its magnetic tapes and, consequently, did not know what data were retained or lost; (3) could not easily identify or retrieve tapes stored in its centers or at...
NASA Project Status Reports: Congressional Requirements Can Be Met, but Reliability Must Be Ensured
NSIAD-90-40: Published: Jan 23, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) ability to produce status reports that provide sufficient and reliable cost, schedule, and performance information on major NASA projects.GAO found that NASA and its four principal oversight congressional committees jointly established and agreed to new criteria for NASA project status repo...
Space Operations: NASA's Communications Support for Earth Orbiting Spacecraft
IMTEC-89-41: Published: Apr 7, 1989. Publicly Released: May 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) plans for providing emergency backup communications support for earth-orbiting spacecraft.GAO found that NASA: (1) before implementation of its space-based Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS), primarily relied on its worldwide network of ground stations to provide communication...
Satellite Data Archiving: U.S. and Foreign Activities and Plans for Environmental Information
RCED-88-201: Published: Sep 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed U.S. and international environmental satellite data archiving activities and plans.GAO found that: (1) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are primarily responsible for archiving environmental satellite data; (2) the agencies expe...
Space Shuttle: The Future of the Vandenberg Launch Site Needs to Be Determined
NSIAD-88-158: Published: Aug 3, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1988.
GAO examined the Air Force's deactivation efforts for the space shuttle's Vandenberg Launch Site (VLS) and its plans for maintaining and reactivating the site.GAO found that the Air Force: (1) planned to complete the few remaining VLS deactivation tasks during fiscal years 1988 and 1989; (2) placed VLS in a low-maintenance status due to limited funding and the lack of a shuttle launch schedule; an...
Weather Satellites: Economies Available by Converging Government Meteorological Satellites
NSIAD-87-107: Published: Apr 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1987.
GAO reviewed the United States' two separate, but similar, polar-orbiting meteorological satellite systems to determine if the two systems could be combined to eliminate duplicative practices and overlapping functions, and continue to provide necessary services to the systems' users.GAO found that: (1) national policy supports the convergence of polar meteorological satellite systems; (2) converge...
Small Business Act: NASA's Disadvantaged Business Advocate Not Reporting to Proper Management Level
GGD-87-50: Published: Apr 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to determine its compliance with the Small Business Act's required reporting level.GAO found that: (1) although a NASA regulation changed the OSDBU Director's reporting level from the Administrator to the Deputy Administrator...
Better Management Controls and ADP Requirements Analysis Can Help NASA Lewis Research Center
IMTEC-84-25: Published: Sep 27, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1984.
GAO reported on automatic data processing (ADP) equipment acquisition practices at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Lewis Research Center.GAO found that a recent ADP solicitation reduced maximum practicable competition and removed competitive cost advantages potentially held by other vendors. Further, the Center could not determine the appropriate size and timing for futur...