Space exploration (71 - 80 of 129 items)
Space Station: Delays in Dealing With Space Debris May Reduce Safety and Increase Costs
IMTEC-92-50: Published: Jun 2, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) progress in its: (1) incorporation of the current estimate of the debris environment into space station requirements; (2) effort to keep the debris environment model current; and (3) overall strategy to protect the station from space debris of various sizes.GAO found that: (1) most current...
Space Station: Contract Oversight and Performance Provisions for Major Work Packages
NSIAD-92-171BR: Published: Apr 14, 1992. Publicly Released: May 19, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) management of three work package contracts for Space Station Freedom, focusing on: (1) how the NASA centers managing each of the contracts responded to Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements for post-award contract administration and quality assurance planning conferences and for quali...
Shuttle Rocket Motor Program: NASA Should Delay Awarding Some Construction Contracts
NSIAD-92-201: Published: Apr 27, 1992. Publicly Released: May 6, 1992.
Pursuant to congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Advanced Solid Rocket Motor (ASRM) Program, focusing on which construction activities NASA could delay pending a congressional decision on the program's future without adversely affecting the scheduled ASRM launch date.GAO found that: (1) although the President has proposed terminating the AS...
NASA Space Suits
NSIAD-92-197R: Published: Apr 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1992.
GAO provided information on the results of its survey on alternatives to the the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) decision to stop development of a new, high-pressure space suit. GAO noted that in light of astronaut safety and productivity issues, NASA will need to reevaluate its decision not to support the development of a new space suit if estimates of Space Station Freedom...
National Aero-Space Plane: Key Issues Facing the Program
T-NSIAD-92-26: Published: Mar 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1992.
GAO discussed the National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) Program, focusing on the program's flight testing plans, costs, schedule changes, and progress in developing key technologies. GAO noted that NASP: (1) is a joint Department of Defense/National Aeronautics and Space Administration technology development and demonstration program to build and test the X-30 manned experimental flight vehicle; (2) is...
NASA Budget: Potential Shortfalls in Funding NASA's 5-Year Plan
T-NSIAD-92-18: Published: Mar 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1992.
GAO discussed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) 5-Year Plan. GAO noted that: (1) between fiscal year (FY) 1988 and FY 1991, the NASA budget has grown steadily in current dollars from $9 billion to $14 billion; (2) although the NASA FY 1992 budget submission proposed the 5-Year Plan, in which its annual appropriation would reach nearly $25 billion by FY 1995 based on previo...
Space Projects: Status and Remaining Challenges of the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility
NSIAD-92-77: Published: Feb 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF) program, focusing on the: (1) program's cost and schedule status; (2) results of tests of the observatory's outer mirrors; and (3) remaining technical challenges.GAO found that: (1) since fiscal year 1989, the program's estimated cost has increase...
NASA 5-Year Planning
NSIAD-92-155R: Published: Feb 19, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1992.
GAO provided information on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) 5-year program plans. GAO noted that: (1) NASA is overcommitted in terms of resources for its program plans; (2) NASA may have to reduce program plans by $13 billion to $21 billion through fiscal year (FY) 1997; (3) restrictions on domestic discretionary funding may not allow inflation-sized increases in the NAS...
Space Shuttle: NASA Faces Challenges in Its Attempt to Achieve Planned Flight Rates
NSIAD-92-32: Published: Dec 6, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) future space shuttle flight plans, focusing on the: (1) factors associated with achieving planned flight rates; (2) processes to ensure that NASA does not compromise safety by increasing flight rates; (3) impact of variations in flight rate estimates on subsystem and spare parts procurement...
Toward the Moon, Asteroids, and Mars
146025: Jan 1, 1992
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 14, Winter 1991/92, discusses a practical space exploration program that would: (1) increase knowledge about how climate changes work; (2) discover metals and other resources in asteroids and develop uses for them; (3) establish a lunar base to study such problems of broad interest as the obliteration of many terrestial species 65 million years...