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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...
Space Exploration: Cost, Schedule, and Performance of NASA's Mars Observer Mission
NSIAD-88-137FS: Published: May 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the cost, schedule, performance, and status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Mars Observer mission.GAO found that NASA: (1) started the mission in 1985, with an estimated total project cost of $292.5 million; (2) increased its estimate to $513.8 million in October 1987, citing costs relating to fut...
Space Science: Status of the Hubble Space Telescope Program
NSIAD-88-118BR: Published: May 2, 1988. Publicly Released: May 9, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Program, focusing on: (1) the program's current cost, schedule, and performance status; (2) the Space Telescope Science Institute's role in the program; and (3) NASA orbital maintenance plans for the telescope.GAO found that: (1) technical...
The National Aero-Space Plane
137896: Jan 1, 1988
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 4, Winter 1988, discusses the National Aerospace Plane Program that the Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are jointly conducting to build and test the X-30 experimental flight vehicle. The program could result in a decision to develop future hypersonic cruise airplanes and single-stage-to-orbit space lau...
Strategic Defense Initiative Program: Status of Space Surveillance and Tracking System
NSIAD-88-61: Published: Nov 10, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) research on the Space Surveillance and Tracking System (SSTS) to determine its cost, schedule, and performance status.GAO found that: (1) SDIO spent $65 million over 3 years for three contractors to analyze technology, propose preliminary system concepts and requirements, define data needs,...
Department of Defense's Space Laser Program Plan--Status and Issues
NSIAD-84-132: Published: Aug 9, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 1984.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (D0D) Space Laser Program Plan to evaluate the plan's progress and potential.GAO found that: (1) the 6-year, $908.3 million effort presented in 1982 increased to 7 years and $1,558.3 million in 1983; and (2) DOD was not able to adequately monitor the plan's status because the management and funding structure is too diffuse to be effective. Further, no singl...