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Commercial Launch Vehicles: NASA Taking Measures to Manage Delays and Risks
GAO-11-692T: Published: May 26, 2011. Publicly Released: May 26, 2011.
Since the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) created the strategy for the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) project in 2005, the space landscape has changed significantly--the Space Shuttle program is retiring and the Ares I will not be available--increasing the importance of the timely development of COTS vehicles. The lack of alternatives for supplying the Inter...
NASA: Key Management and Program Challenges
GAO-10-387T: Published: Feb 3, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2010.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is in the midst of many changes and one of the most challenging periods in its history. The space shuttle is slated to retire this year, the International Space Station nears completion but remains underutilized, and a new means of human space flight is under development. Most recently, the administration has proposed a new direction for NAS...
NASA: Commercial Partners Are Making Progress, but Face Aggressive Schedules to Demonstrate Critical Space Station Cargo Transport Capabilities
GAO-09-618: Published: Jun 16, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2009.
After the planned retirement of the space shuttle in 2010, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will face a cargo resupply shortfall for the International Space Station of approximately 40 metric tons between 2010 and 2015. NASA budgeted $500 million in seed money to commercial partners to develop new cargo transport capabilities through its Commercial Orbital Transportation Se...
Space Station: Actions Under Way to Manage Cost, but Significant Challenges Remain
GAO-02-735: Published: Jul 17, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2002.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revealed that the cost to complete assembly of the international space station has risen from $25 billion to $30 billion. Much of that cost growth is due to inadequate definition of requirements, changes in program content, schedule delays, and poor program oversight. Weaknesses in the program's cost-estimating process call into question the...
NASA: International Space Station and Shuttle Support Cost Limits
GAO-01-1000R: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2001.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 set cost limits on the international space station and space shuttle programs. Under the act, NASA may not obligate more than $25 billion for space station development or more than $17.7 billion for shuttle launches in connection with space station assembly. The act also stipulates that for the purpose...
Space Station: Prime Contract Changes
NSIAD-00-103R: Published: May 11, 2000. Publicly Released: May 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space station program's prime contract changes during fiscal years 1998 and 1999, focusing on: (1) the number of changes made to the original contract, how many added capability or revised initial designs, and the total estimated cost of the changes; (2) the number of changes...
Space Station: Russian-Built and Service Module Compliance With Safety Requirements
NSIAD-00-96R: Published: Apr 28, 2000. Publicly Released: May 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Russian compliance with space station safety requirements, focusing on whether: (1) the Russian-built Zarya and the Service Module comply with safety requirements; (2) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has approved any waivers of safety requirements; and (3) NASA was due any compensation from the Zarya contract...
Space Station: Russian Compliance With Safety Requirements
T-NSIAD-00-128: Published: Mar 16, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) International Space Station, focusing on: (1) areas where the Russian-built Zarya and Service Module do not comply with safety requirements; (2) NASA's review and approval of noncompliances; and (3) whether NASA was due any compensation from the Zarya contractor for noncompliance or perfor...
Space Station: Cost to Operate After Assembly is Uncertain
NSIAD-99-177: Published: Aug 6, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) estimate for the cost to operate the International Space Station after assembly is completed, focusing on: (1) whether any space station-related costs are not included in NASA's estimate; (2) the level of uncertainty in the cost estimate for operations, especially with regard to the potenti...
Space Station: Status of Efforts to Determine Commercial Potential
NSIAD-99-153R: Published: Jun 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether space-station-related commercial activities could generate revenue capable of reducing the station's annual cost of operations, which the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) estimates will average $1.3 billion, or $13 billion over a 10-year mission life after the space station is fully assembled in 2004.GAO n...