Research and development (81 - 90 of 101 items)
A Look at NASA's Aircraft Energy Efficiency Program
PSAD-80-50: Published: Jul 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1980.
The Aircraft Energy Efficiency Program is a 10-year effort of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to accelerate the development of various aeronautical technologies which would make future transport aircraft up to 50 percent more fuel efficient than today's aircraft. The program was to be completed by the end of 1985. It is a collection of six distinct but interrelated project...
Space Industrialization Act of 1980
112559: Jun 11, 1980
Proposed legislation to establish the Space Industrializaton Corporation also addresses the important issues of reasearch and development and the approporiate role for the Federal Government in fostering and enhancing technological transfer and innovation while maintaining the integrity of the Nation's free enterprise system. Space industrialization embraces three broad areas: information, or info...
U.S. Must Spend More To Maintain Lead in Space Technology
FGMSD-80-32: Published: Jan 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 1980.
An assessment was made of the near term potential of manufacturing in space. Space manufacturing would take advantage of the environment of space to produce materials or products which are either superior to those produced on Earth or are believed to be impossible to produce on Earth.Space manufacturing, with permanent manufacturing facilities in orbit, is not a near term concept. Rather, it is a...
The Near-Term Potential of Manufacturing in Space
113814: Jan 1, 1980
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 15, Issue 4, Fall 1980. Aerospace feats have brought economic benefits both directly and indirectly. While direct benefits are significant, the majority of economic gains have been realized through indirect benefits such as solid-state technology. In judging the future potential of space programs, this is an important point for consideration. Programs...
Federal R&D Laboratories--Directors' Perspectives on Management
PSAD-80-8: Published: Nov 28, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 1979.
A survey was conducted for the purpose of determining the role of Federal laboratories in carrying out agency missions and filling the Nation's research and development (R&D) needs. A questionnaire was mailed to laboratory directors in 8 of the 12 Federal agencies with laboratories. These eight agencies, which obligated about 77 percent of the total Federal R&D budget in fiscal year 1977, were: th...
Comments on the Solar Power Satellite Research, Development, and Demonstration Program Act of 1978
EMD-78-61: Published: Apr 13, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1978.
The Solar Power Satellite Research, Development, and Demonstration Program Act of 1978 would establish a program in the Department of Energy (DOE) to pursue research, development, and demonstration of solar power satellites (SPS) as a major source of energy. Enacting legislation for such a program at this time with the expectation of demonstrating such systems in the near future is premature. Tech...
NASA Report May Overstate the Economic Benefits of Research and Development Spending
PAD-78-18: Published: Oct 18, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1977.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contracted with Chase Econometrics Associates, Inc., to evaluate how research and development (R&D) spending affects the U.S. economy.The Chase report "The Economic Impact of NASA R&D Spending" concluded that this spending produced many benefits between 1960 and 1974, although it did not try to evaluate how effectively NASA carried out its p...
Landsat's Role in an Earth Resources Information System
PSAD-77-58: Published: Jun 10, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1977.
Landsat is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) experimental project to determine the usefulness of satellite-acquired data for the management of the Earth's environment and natural resources. Costs for the first three missions and a proposed fourth mission are estimated at up to $656 million. However, greater questions than cost must also be faced.Landsat already has provide...
NASA's Resource Data Base and Techniques for Supporting, Planning, and Controlling Programs Need Improvement
PSAD-77-78: Published: May 19, 1977. Publicly Released: May 19, 1977.
Data compiled by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on its resources and management techniques for supporting, planning, and controlling research and development programs omitted some resources and did not identify others with the projects they benefited.The database of resources available in fiscal year 1976 for carrying out its research and development programs excluded abo...
Space Shuttle Facility Program: More Definitive Cost Information Needed
PSAD-77-17: Published: May 9, 1977. Publicly Released: May 9, 1977.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is acquiring shuttle facilities to support the Space Transportation System. A review of the shuttle facility program focused on the current cost, schedule, and performance status. In late 1971, NASA established a $300 million target to acquire the facilities needed. Through fiscal year 1977, Congress appropriated $259 million in construction...