Aeronautics (91 - 100 of 110 items)
NASA Should Provide the Congress Complete Cost Information on the Space Telescope Program
PSAD-80-15: Published: Jan 3, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 1980.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to launch a space telescope aboard the space shuttle in 1983. The program is on schedule and within its budget, and all the telescope's scientific instruments should meet or exceed the established performance requirements. GAO believes that NASA should provide Congress with better financial information on this project.On a recent statu...
Federal R&D Laboratories--Directors' Perspectives on Management
PSAD-80-8: Published: Nov 28, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 1979.
A survey was conducted for the purpose of determining the role of Federal laboratories in carrying out agency missions and filling the Nation's research and development (R&D) needs. A questionnaire was mailed to laboratory directors in 8 of the 12 Federal agencies with laboratories. These eight agencies, which obligated about 77 percent of the total Federal R&D budget in fiscal year 1977, were: th...
Review of Selected Contracts Awarded by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
PSAD-79-103: Published: Sep 12, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1979.
A survey was made of contract administration at the Goddard Space Flight Center.Three service contracts out of the nine reviewed were either written improperly or appeared to lack the essential internal controls for minimizing fraud and assuring that contracted services are actually provided. The administration of a sole-source painting contract had the following faults: (1) the specifications in...
Weaknesses in National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Facilities Utilization Program
PSAD-79-53: Published: Mar 15, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1979.
In order to identify the management of underused, deactivated, or inoperable facilities as an area for future study, GAO reviewed the Facilities Utilization Program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA established its Facilities Utilization Program to monitor the use of its real property, which has a capitalized value of over $2.8 billion. The program's purpose is to s...
A Second Launch Site for the Shuttle? An Analysis of Needs for the Nation's Space Program
PSAD-78-57: Published: Aug 4, 1978. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1978.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is constructing space shuttle facilities at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the primary launch, landing, and orbiter refurbishment site which is scheduled to become operational in mid-1980. A second site, Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), will be funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) and is expected to become operational in June 1983 at a co...
Landsat Policy Issues Still Unresolved
PSAD-78-58: Published: Apr 17, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1978.
Landsat is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration experimental project to determine the usefulness of satellite-acquired data for managing the Earth's environment and natural resources.Although the project has been going on since 1970 and will extend into the 1980's at costs which will exceed $650 million, there is no clear statement of government policy regarding support of an operationa...
Crop Forecasting by Satellite: Progress and Problems
PSAD-78-52: Published: Apr 7, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1978.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are trying to improve forecasts of foreign wheat production by using Landsat satellite imagery and weather data. The Large Area Crop Inventory Experiment (LACIE) is designed to determine the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of using Landsat...
Pricing of a Fixed-Price Incentive Contract Awarded to RCA Corporation by the Goddard Space Flight Center
PSAD-78-49: Published: Dec 9, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 1977.
A fixed-price incentive contract awarded to RCA Corporation, Astro Electronics, by the Goddard Space Flight Center provides for furnishing eight Television Infra-red Observation Satellite spacecraft buses, associated documents, spares components, and ground support equipment. The value of the contract through modification 16 was $61,938,241 at the target price and $65,078,437 at the ceiling price...
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Should Provide the Congress with More Information on the Pioneer Venus Project
PSAD-77-65: Published: Nov 7, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1977.
Pioneer Venus is a space flight project designed to increase knowledge of our nearest planetary neighbor and to obtain information for solving atmospheric problems on earth. The project involves launching two spacecraft to Venus in 1978.Costs for the project have grown and technical problems have cropped up in the project. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA'S) quality assura...
NASA Report May Overstate the Economic Benefits of Research and Development Spending
PAD-78-18: Published: Oct 18, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1977.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contracted with Chase Econometrics Associates, Inc., to evaluate how research and development (R&D) spending affects the U.S. economy.The Chase report "The Economic Impact of NASA R&D Spending" concluded that this spending produced many benefits between 1960 and 1974, although it did not try to evaluate how effectively NASA carried out its p...