National security (81 - 90 of 99 items)
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 Shuttle: NASA's Major Changes to Flight Hardware
NSIAD-88-173FS: Published: Jun 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO identified the types of changes that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) made to the space shuttle's flight hardware, focusing on enhancements: (1) it made to flight hardware; (2) that cost at least $5 million each; and (3) it implemented from 1981 through 1987.GAO found that NASA: (1) made 56 changes to the space shuttle; (2) initia...
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...
The Times and Space: An Interview With Michael Collins
137888: Jan 1, 1988
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 4, Winter 1988, presents a round-table discussion of the status and future of the nation's manned space program, focusing on: (1) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) development of a strategic plan for the civilian space program; (2) whether NASA should send unmanned probes into deep space, return to the moon, or go to Mar...
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,...
Aircraft Modifications: Overestimates of Costs Generate Excess Funds
NSIAD-87-199BR: Published: Aug 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Air Force's use of appropriated funds for B-52, A-10, and F-111 aircraft modifications.GAO found that the Air Force: (1) did not always obligate funds for the modifications it requested; (2) obligated funds for modifications for which it did not receive appropriations; and (3) often received appropriated funds which varied by 25 percent from...
Budget Reimbursements: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Reimbursable Work
NSIAD-87-171FS: Published: Jun 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) budget reimbursements, focusing on: (1) how reimbursements impact NASA funding requirements; (2) the amount of estimated total reimbursements for fiscal year (FY) 1987; and (3) the amount, type, and source of FY 1985 reimbursements for several NASA appropriations accounts.GAO...
Weather Satellites: Economies Available by Converging Government Meteorological Satellites
NSIAD-87-107: Published: Apr 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1987.
GAO reviewed the United States' two separate, but similar, polar-orbiting meteorological satellite systems to determine if the two systems could be combined to eliminate duplicative practices and overlapping functions, and continue to provide necessary services to the systems' users.GAO found that: (1) national policy supports the convergence of polar meteorological satellite systems; (2) converge...