Aeronautics (1 - 10 of 33 items)
Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide
GAO-13-317R: Published: Feb 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2013.
The Air Force based its Guide on existing NASA policy and procedures with respect to payload risk classification and launch vehicle certification. Payloads are classified based in part on factors such as national significance, payload complexity and cost, and are assigned a risk tolerance level accordingly. The Air Force, NASA, and NRO are working to coordinate and share information to facilitate...
Space Surveillance Network: New Way Proposed To Support Commercial and Foreign Entities
GAO-02-403R: Published: Jun 7, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2002.
Government, commercial, and foreign entities rely almost exclusively on information generated by the United States space surveillance network to reduce the risk of space collisions when launching and operating their respective space missions. The network is maintained and operated by the Air Force Space Command; surveillance data is processed and an unclassified portion is sent to the National Aer...
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...
Environmental Cleanup Costs: NASA Is Making Progress in Identifying Contamination, but More Effort Is Needed
NSIAD-97-98: Published: Jun 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) environmental cleanup costs, focusing on NASA's: (1) determination of the extent of contamination it may be responsible for cleaning up and progress in its cleanup program; (2) cost estimates for accomplishing cleanup; and (3) efforts to determine whether "potentially responsible parties" s...
NASA Infrastructure: Challenges to Achieving Reductions and Efficiencies
NSIAD-96-187: Published: Sep 9, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to achieve reductions and efficiencies in key areas of its infrastructure.GAO found that: (1) NASA plans for a $2.8-billion reduction in the current replacement value of its facilities will yield only about $250 million in cost reductions through fiscal year (FY) 2000;...
NASA Personnel: Challenges to Achieving Workforce Reductions
NSIAD-96-176: Published: Aug 2, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to downsize its staff.GAO found that: (1) NASA has reduced its fiscal year (FY) 2000 full-time equivalent (FTE) goal by more than 3,000 personnel; (2) NASA has provided eligible employees with voluntary separation incentive payments in exchange for their voluntary retirement or resi...
Earth Observing System: Concerns Over NASA's Basic Research Funding Strategy
NSIAD-96-97: Published: Jul 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) plans for funding its Earth Observing System (EOS) and developing EOS-related basic research, focusing on: (1) the current number of EOS science investigations; (2) researchers' views on whether changes to EOS have adversely affected their ability to carry out their interdisciplinary earth...
Space Shuttle: Declining Budget and Tight Schedule Could Jeopardize Space Station Support
NSIAD-95-171: Published: Jul 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the extent to which the space shuttle program can support the space station's assembly requirements, focusing on the: (1) impacts of the declining shuttle budget; and (2) demanding schedule to support the space station.GAO found that: (1) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) plans for increasing the shuttle's lift capability a...
NASA Property: Poor Lending Practices and Controls at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NSIAD-94-116: Published: Apr 18, 1994. Publicly Released: May 10, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the relationship between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and their management of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), focusing on: (1) property management weaknesses at JPL; and (2) NASA equipment loaned to JPL employees and provided to Caltech.GAO found that: (1) there a...
Space Shuttle Main Engine: NASA Has Not Evaluated the Alternate Fuel Turbopump Costs and Benefits
NSIAD-94-54: Published: Oct 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1993.
GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) planned development of an alternate high pressure fuel turbopump for the Space Shuttle's main engines, focusing on whether NASA has adequately analyzed cost, performance, and expected program benefits in comparison to other alternatives before resuming its development of the alternate pump.GAO found that: (1) the current engin...