Satellites (41 - 50 of 58 items)
NASA's Earth Observing System: Estimated Funding Requirements
NSIAD-95-175: Published: Jun 9, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO estimated the total funding requirements for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth Observing System (EOS).GAO found that: (1) GAO estimated that funding requirements for the EOS baseline program would total about $33 billion for fiscal years 1991 through 2022; (2) NASA is studying ways to reduce future EOS funding requirements and...
NASA: Major Challenges for Management
T-NSIAD-94-18: Published: Oct 6, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1993.
GAO discussed management challenges facing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), focusing on: (1) matching program goals with likely budgets; (2) managing systems development efforts more efficiently; (3) improving operations and oversight; and (4) preserving U.S. aeronautical leadership. GAO noted that: (1) NASA efforts to match its strategic plan with its budget have been ina...
NASA Program Costs: Space Missions Require Substantially More Funding Than Initially Estimated
NSIAD-93-97: Published: Dec 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) historical experience at estimating space program costs.GAO found that: (1) 25 of the 29 programs reviewed required more funding than initially estimated; (2) the median estimate change for all programs was a 77-percent increase in space program costs; (3) general reasons giv...
Questions Remain on the Costs, Uses, and Risks of the Redesigned Space Station
T-NSIAD-91-26: Published: May 1, 1991. Publicly Released: May 1, 1991.
GAO discussed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) redesigned space station program's costs, financial reserves, affordability, scientific benefits, and technical challenges. GAO noted that: (1) in response to congressional direction, NASA redesigned the space station, and planned to build and test a smaller station largely on the ground and then place it into orbit in segmen...
Military Space Programs: An Unclassified Overview of Defense Satellite Programs and Launch Activities
NSIAD-90-154FS: Published: Jun 29, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Department of Defense's (DOD) satellite program plans, focusing on the relationships between and cost of DOD satellites, launch vehicles, and launch facilities.GAO found that: (1) DOD satellites perform a wide variety of missions to support U.S. national security interests and pursue advances in research and technology; (2) due to launch failur...
Space Program: Space Debris a Potential Threat to Space Station and Shuttle
IMTEC-90-18: Published: Apr 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) response to the space debris issue, focusing on: (1) its plans and cost estimates for protecting the planned space station from debris; (2) NASA and Department of Defense (DOD) debris tracking capabilities; and (3) the effect of orbital debris on space shuttle operations.GAO found that: (1)...
GAO's Views on SDIO's Phase I Cost Estimate
T-NSIAD-89-18: Published: Mar 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1989.
GAO discussed the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) revised cost estimate for phase I of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). GAO found that SDIO revised its estimate of $145.7 billion to $69.1 billion in October 1988 because it: (1) significantly reduced the quantities of sensors and weapons needed for SDI phase I; (2) reduced by 51 percent the number of space-based intercepto...
Transition Series: NASA Issues
OCG-89-15TR: Published: Nov 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1988.
GAO summarized information relating to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) critical program management issues.GAO noted that NASA management problems causing project delays and increasing costs include: (1) lack of a strategic long-term plan for civil space projects; (2) inconsistent and incomplete project cost reports; (3) lack of a life-cycle cost management process for it...
Weather Satellite Costs Have Increased: Problems Have Occurred in Their Manufacturing Quality Control
RCED-86-28: Published: Oct 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) policies and practices for planning and procuring its weather satellites, including quality assurance practices and the reasons for the increasing weather satellite costs.GAO found that two problems occurred in the quality control of weather satellite manufacturing: (1) both polar orbitin...
Costs and Uses of Remote Sensing Satellites
RCED-83-111: Published: Mar 4, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1983.
GAO was requested to provide background information concerning a possible transfer of the Federal Government's civil remote sensing satellites, which include both Landsat and weather satellites, to the private sector. Specifically, GAO determined: (1) what Landsat and weather satellite data the various Federal agencies are using and how much they are paying for the service; (2) whether the Nationa...