Aerospace research (1 - 10 of 29 items)
Space Acquisitions: DOD Is Overcoming Long-Standing Problems, but Faces Challenges to Ensuring Its Investments Are Optimized
GAO-13-508T: Published: Apr 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2013.
Most of the Department of Defense's (DOD) major satellite programs are in mature phases of development, that is, the initial satellites have been designed, fabricated, and launched into orbit while additional satellites of the same design are being produced. For the portfolio of major satellite programs, new cost and schedule growth is not as widespread as it was in prior years, but DOD is still e...
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: DOD Needs to Ensure New Acquisition Strategy is Based on Sufficient Information
GAO-11-641: Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) plan to spend about $15 billion for launch services from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2017 through DOD's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. The program launches satellites for military, intelligence, civil, and commercial customers. In 2009, DOD and the NRO decided the program's business model needed imp...
NASA: Briefing on National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Programs and Associated Activities
GAO-10-87R: Published: Oct 15, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2009.
The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, as amended, established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the civilian agency that exercises control over U.S. aeronautical and space activities and seeks and encourages the fullest commercial use of space. NASA's activities span a broad range of complex and technical endeavors, from investigating the composition, evaluation...
Space Acquisitions: Actions Needed to Expand and Sustain Use of Best Practices
GAO-07-730T: Published: Apr 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2007.
DOD's space system acquisitions have experienced problems over the past several decades that have driven up costs by hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars, stretched schedules by years, and increased performance risks. DOD has recognized the need to change its approach to developing space systems and is attempting to instill best practices in new efforts. GAO was asked to testify on its f...
Defense Acquisitions: Space System Acquisition Risks and Keys to Addressing Them
GAO-06-776R: Published: Jun 1, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2006.
On April 6, 2006, we testified before Congress on the Department of Defense's (DOD) space acquisitions. In fiscal year 2007, DOD expects to spend nearly $7 billion to acquire space-based capabilities to support current military and other government operations as well as to enable DOD to transform the way it collects and disseminates information, gathers data on its adversaries, and attacks targets...
Space Acquisitions: Committing Prematurely to the Transformational Satellite Program Elevates Risks for Poor Cost, Schedule, and Performance Outcomes
GAO-04-71R: Published: Dec 4, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 2003.
In a multibillion-dollar effort, the Department of Defense (DOD) plans to build a space-based communications system that leverages technologies never before used in space. Such a system would enable DOD to transform how information is collected on potential U.S. adversaries and how military forces are warned of hostile action. The backbone of this system will be the Transformational Satellite (TSA...
Defense Space Activities: Status of Reorganization
GAO-02-772R: Published: Jun 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2002.
To meet long-standing concerns about the Department of Defense's (DOD) organization and management of national security space activities, Congress chartered the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization to study the organization and management of space activities that support U.S. national security interests and make recommendations for improvements. DO...
Satellite Control Systems: Opportunity for DOD to Implement Space Policy and Integrate Capabilities
NSIAD-99-81: Published: May 17, 1999. Publicly Released: May 17, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) progress in integrating and improving its satellite control capabilities and in fostering integrated and interoperable satellite control within the government, as directed by the 1996 national space policy; and (2) determined whether opportunities exist for DOD to standardize its satellite control capabilities...
Space Surveillance: DOD and NASA Need Consolidated Requirements and a Coordinated Plan
NSIAD-98-42: Published: Dec 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space surveillance requirements and DOD's space surveillance capabilities, focusing on: (1) how well DOD's existing surveillance capabilities support DOD's and NASA's current and future surveillance requirements; and (2) the extent to which potential surveillance capabilities and technolog...
NASA's Clipperton Project
NSIAD-96-90R: Published: Feb 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) involvement in a French launch vehicle development project. GAO noted that: (1) NASA involvement in the French project is limited to a safety issue concerning the reentry of the launch vehicle into the atmosphere; (2) NASA will use specialized radar to track and gather data on the launch ve...