Aerospace research (21 - 30 of 34 items)
Aerospace Plane Technology: Research and Development Efforts in Europe
NSIAD-91-194: Published: Jul 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed investments in European aerospace vehicle research and technological development efforts.GAO found that: (1) France, Germany, and the United Kingdom are developing the required technologies to secure independent manned access to space, reduce the cost of launching payloads into orbit, and ensure a competitive role in high-speed commercial transport...
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...
Space Station: NASA Efforts To Establish a Design-To-Life-Cycle Cost Process
NSIAD-88-147: Published: May 5, 1988. Publicly Released: May 5, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) implementation of cost control measures for space station operations.GAO found that NASA: (1) reviewed its efforts to establish a programwide design-to-life-cycle policy after an inconclusive attempt in 1986; (2) was considering a draft directive to help establish a management system to...
Space Station: National Aeronautics and Space Administration's 1987 Cost Estimate
NSIAD-87-180FS: Published: Jul 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the methodology the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) used in estimating the cost of a permanent manned space station program.GAO found that: (1) in late 1986, the NASA Administrator directed the revalidation or modification of a 1984 space station cost estimate of $8 billion; (2) NASA estimated the cost of each known detailed wo...
Space Funding: NASA's Appropriations and DOD's Funding Estimates for Space Programs
NSIAD-87-81FS: Published: Feb 26, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO defined and compared the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) and the Department of Defense's (DOD) funding for space programs.GAO found that NASA: (1) receives funding for its space program through appropriations for research and development, space flight, control, and data communications, facility construction, and research and progra...
From Satellites to Space Shuttle and Beyond: GAO Evaluates the Military's Role in Space
129474: Jan 1, 1986
This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 21, Issue 1, Winter 1986, discusses how GAO has approached the space militarization issue. The focus of GAO work has included evaluating: (1) the Department of Defense's organizational structure and ability to manage the multiservice space program; (2) efforts to develop a space system to improve strategic and tactical force effectiveness; (3) t...
Department of Defense's Space Laser Program Plan--Status and Issues
NSIAD-84-132: Published: Aug 9, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 1984.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (D0D) Space Laser Program Plan to evaluate the plan's progress and potential.GAO found that: (1) the 6-year, $908.3 million effort presented in 1982 increased to 7 years and $1,558.3 million in 1983; and (2) DOD was not able to adequately monitor the plan's status because the management and funding structure is too diffuse to be effective. Further, no singl...
Implications of Joint NASA/DOD Participation in Space Shuttle Operations
NSIAD-84-13: Published: Nov 7, 1983. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1983.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided its assessment of joint National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Defense (DOD) participation in space shuttle operations and Air Force activities concerned with developing and acquiring a dedicated DOD shuttle operations control facility.GAO found that, with the advent of the space shuttle, a trend has developed toward...
Issues Concerning the Future Operation of the Space Transportation System
MASAD-83-6: Published: Dec 28, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1982.
In this study, GAO reports on the operational responsibilities of the Space Transportation System and presents information on operational issues which must be dealt with in the years ahead by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and for which budgetary decisions will most likely have to be made by Congress.Whether NASA should manage Space Shuttle operations or shift management...
The SEASAT-A Project: Where It Stands Today
PSAD-77-126: Published: Sep 16, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1977.
SEASAT-A is an ocean dynamics satellite scheduled for launch in 1978 with sensors to measure winds, waves, ocean currents, sea temperatures, ice coverage, and atmospheric and water vapor.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has experienced cost, schedule, and performance difficulties with the SEASAT-A because of technical problems and an estimated $5 million increase in the cos...