Satellites (11 - 20 of 20 items)
Military Space Programs: Opportunities to Reduce Missile Warning and Communication Satellites' Costs
T-NSIAD-94-108: Published: Feb 2, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 1994.
GAO discussed the status and future plans for the Department of Defense's (DOD) Defense Support Program (DSP) and Milstar satellite communications system. GAO noted that: (1) DOD has decided to terminate and replace its current DSP follow-on program to reduce costs and consider new tactical requirements; (2) DOD needs to evaluate the new DSP system's effectiveness and affordability before systems...
NASA Procurement: Approach to Sharing Risk Under Certain Research and Development Contracts Is Starting to Change
T-NSIAD-92-12: Published: Mar 18, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1992.
GAO discussed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) distribution of contract risk, focusing on: (1) how NASA allocates risk for research and development contracts; (2) how the Department of Defense (DOD) uses warranties; (3) how NASA uses defect warranties; and (4) the availability of insurance to cover contractors' materials and workmanship defects. GAO noted that: (1) althou...
Military Space Programs: An Unclassified Overview of Defense Satellite Programs and Launch Activities
NSIAD-90-154FS: Published: Jun 29, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Department of Defense's (DOD) satellite program plans, focusing on the relationships between and cost of DOD satellites, launch vehicles, and launch facilities.GAO found that: (1) DOD satellites perform a wide variety of missions to support U.S. national security interests and pursue advances in research and technology; (2) due to launch failur...
Military Space Operations: Use of Mobile Ground Stations in Satellite Control
IMTEC-89-53: Published: Jul 3, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined: (1) how mobile ground stations fit into the Air Force's overall satellite control architecture; (2) how many stations exist and are planned; (3) station costs by program element and appropriation account; and (4) how much the Department of Defense (DOD) budgeted in fiscal year (FY) 1990 for mobile ground stations.GAO found that: (1) the network...
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...
Commercializing Landsat and the Weather Satellites
126473: Jan 1, 1985
This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 20, Issue 1, Winter 1985, discusses the transfer of Landsat, a civilian land remote sensing satellite, and other weather satellites to the private sector in order to develop a better market for the program. GAO found that satellite experts objected to the sale because the federal government is the main user of the satellites, and they feared tha...
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...
Space Transportation System
093967: Jun 1, 1974
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