Aeronautics (31 - 40 of 46 items)
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...
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...
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...
Implications of Joint NASA/DOD Participation in Space Shuttle Operations
NSIAD-84-13: Published: Nov 7, 1983. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1983.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided its assessment of joint National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Defense (DOD) participation in space shuttle operations and Air Force activities concerned with developing and acquiring a dedicated DOD shuttle operations control facility.GAO found that, with the advent of the space shuttle, a trend has developed toward...
NASA Must Reconsider Operations Pricing Policy To Compensate for Cost Growth on the Space Transportation System
MASAD-82-15: Published: Feb 23, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1982.
GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) pricing policy and operating cost for the Space Transportation System (STS) to determine the overall effect that STS cost increases would have on future NASA budget requests and on its other research and development.GAO found that, based on estimated future costs, NASA established a 3-year, $18 million fixed price for commercial...
Implementing a Data Handling Policy for Space Science Flight Investigations
MASAD-81-34: Published: May 29, 1981. Publicly Released: May 29, 1981.
As a followup to an earlier report, GAO has completed a survey of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) handling of scientific data. The purpose of the survey was to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of the new policy on handling data obtained from space science projects. NASA management instruction (NMI) and handbooks related to the acquisition and management of s...
A Look at NASA's Aircraft Energy Efficiency Program
PSAD-80-50: Published: Jul 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1980.
The Aircraft Energy Efficiency Program is a 10-year effort of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to accelerate the development of various aeronautical technologies which would make future transport aircraft up to 50 percent more fuel efficient than today's aircraft. The program was to be completed by the end of 1985. It is a collection of six distinct but interrelated project...
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...