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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...
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 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 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...
1998 NASA Budget: Review of Selected Activities
NSIAD-97-252R: Published: Sep 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1997.
GAO provided information on potential reduction in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) fiscal year (FY) 1998 budget request and prior years' appropriations for selected programs. GAO noted that the information did not reflect any adjustments taken by congressional authorization and appropriations committees during their review of the FY 1998 NASA budget request.GAO noted tha...
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 Facilities: Challenges to Achieving Reductions and Efficiencies
T-NSIAD-96-238: Published: Sep 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1996.
GAO discussed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to reduce key areas of its infrastructure. GAO noted that: (1) since fiscal year (FY) 1993, NASA budget and staffing levels have decreased sharply, and NASA has reduced, restructured, or cancelled some of its programs and projects; (2) NASA plans to eliminate $4 billion worth of its facilities by the end of FY 2000, b...
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...
Earth Observing System: Cost and Research Issues
T-NSIAD-96-116: Published: Mar 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the National Air and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth Observing System (EOS). GAO found that: (1) the projected total life-cycle cost of EOS from fiscal year 1991 to 2022 is $33 billion; (2) these costs include costs for satellites, launch services, data systems, science research, facility construction, and civil service personnel; (3) in order...
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...