Aerospace research (11 - 20 of 49 items)
U.S. Aerospace Industry: Progress in Implementing Aerospace Commission Recommendations, and Remaining Challenges
GAO-06-920: Published: Sep 13, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2006.
The U.S. aerospace industry's wide-ranging activities--including commercial aviation, national security, and space exploration--make it critical to the economic health and strategic strength of our nation. However, the industry faces challenges, such as a national air traffic management system that, in its present form, cannot handle expected increases in demand; an aging aerospace workforce; and...
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 Testing: Promise of Closer NASA/DOD Cooperation Remains Largely Unfulfilled
NSIAD-98-52: Published: Mar 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1998.
GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) and Department of Defense's (DOD) cooperation in developing a national perspective on aerospace test facilities, focusing on: (1) the extent to which NASA/DOD working groups on major test facilities have been operating on a regular basis; (2) NASA's and DOD's actions in response to a future need to test an engine for new Air F...
NASA Procurement: Contract and Management Improvements at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NSIAD-95-40: Published: Dec 30, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the contract between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the operation of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and analyzed modifications to it.GAO found that: (1) NASA has improved the JPL contract in several areas including award fee, selected cost controls, scope of w...
Space Station: Impact of the Expanded Russian Role on Funding and Research
NSIAD-94-220: Published: Jun 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether Russian participation in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space station program will: (1) reduce costs; and (2) increase the space station's research capabilities.GAO found that: (1) the overall impact of expanded Russian involvement in the space station program will not be known for several months; (2) much of the...
Asian Aeronautics: Technology Acquisition Drives Industry Development
NSIAD-94-140: Published: May 4, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the aeronautics research and development (R&D) activities of Japan, China, Indonesia, and Taiwan, focusing on the: (1) approaches these nations use to develop their aeronautics industries; (2) level of aeronautics development each country has achieved; and (3) implications of this development for the U.S. aeronautics industry.GAO found that: (1) th...
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...
Advanced Solid Rocket Motor Status
NSIAD-93-258R: Published: Aug 13, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Advanced Solid Rocket Motor Program. GAO noted that: (1) the need for the advanced motor has diminished since the development program was first approved in 1988; (2) NASA had no actual flight experience with the advanced motors when the program was approved; (3)...
NASA Aeronautics: Protecting Sensitive Technology
NSIAD-93-201: Published: Aug 12, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to control the transfer of its competitively sensitive aeronautics information to the U.S. industry's foreign competitors, focusing on: (1) how NASA controls the disclosure of sensitive information; (2) whether NASA has an information control problem; and (3) what actions are needed...
Space Station: Information on National Security Applications and Cost
NSIAD-93-208: Published: May 18, 1993. Publicly Released: May 18, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's space station program, focusing on: (1) the Department of Defense's (DOD) potential use of the space station for national security purposes; (2) the program's total cost; and (3) other existing and planned space stations.GAO found that: (1) DOD has not identified or planned any research that would...