Research and development (11 - 20 of 27 items)
NASA: More Knowledge Needed to Determine Best Alternatives to Provide Space Station Logistics Support
GAO-05-488: Published: May 18, 2005. Publicly Released: May 31, 2005.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space shuttle fleet has been key to International Space Station operations. Since the grounding of the fleet in February 2003, Russia has provided logistics support. However, due to the limited payload capacity of the Russian space vehicles, on-orbit assembly of the space station stopped. In May 2004 and in February 2005, NASA testified be...
NASA's Space Vision: Business Case for Prometheus 1 Needed to Ensure Requirements Match Available Resources
GAO-05-242: Published: Feb 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2005.
In 2003, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) initiated the Prometheus 1 project to explore the outer reaches of the Solar System. The Prometheus 1 spacecraft is being designed to harness nuclear energy that will increase available electrical power from about 1,000 watts to over 100,000 watts and enable the use of electric propulsion thrusters. Historically, NASA has had diffic...
Aerospace Plane Technology: Research and Development Efforts in Japan and Australia
NSIAD-92-5: Published: Oct 4, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO composed investment in Japanese and Australian aerospace vehicle research and technological development efforts with the joint Department of Defense (DOD) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) Program.GAO found that: (1) Japan has not officially approved a plan to build an aerospace plane, although it ha...
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...
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...
DOD Acquisition: Case Study of the Air Force Space Based Space Surveillance System
NSIAD-86-45S-17: Published: Jul 31, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1986.
GAO provided a supplement to its report on the defense acquisition work force. GAO discussed the role of the program manager and contracting officer in developing the Air Force Space-Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) program's acquisition strategy.GAO found that: (1) the program manager had a lead role in developing the original three-phase acquisition strategy, while the first contracting officer a...
Contracting Out: NASA Not Complying With OMB Circular A-76
NSIAD-86-15: Published: Nov 27, 1985. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1985.
GAO reviewed contract administration at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Lewis Research Center.GAO found that: (1) the Center contracted out functions for services without comparing the contract costs to in-house performance costs; and (2) NASA does not comply with the Office of Management and and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76, which requires agencies to perform such cost co...
Status of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Modernization Program
NSIAD-85-78: Published: Jul 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1985.
GAO reviewed various aspects of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) modernization program, focusing on: (1) cost, performance, and system development issues pertaining to the Peacekeeper missile system; and (2) progress made by the Air Force in developing the small ICBM and its survivable basing modes.GAO found that the ICBM modernization program is progressing as planned with no major d...
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...