Cost estimates (31 - 40 of 44 items)
NASA Program Costs: Space Missions Require Substantially More Funding Than Initially Estimated
NSIAD-93-97: Published: Dec 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) historical experience at estimating space program costs.GAO found that: (1) 25 of the 29 programs reviewed required more funding than initially estimated; (2) the median estimate change for all programs was a 77-percent increase in space program costs; (3) general reasons giv...
Space Program: Space Debris a Potential Threat to Space Station and Shuttle
IMTEC-90-18: Published: Apr 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) response to the space debris issue, focusing on: (1) its plans and cost estimates for protecting the planned space station from debris; (2) NASA and Department of Defense (DOD) debris tracking capabilities; and (3) the effect of orbital debris on space shuttle operations.GAO found that: (1)...
Weather Satellites: Cost Growth and Development Delays Jeopardize U.S. Forecasting Ability
NSIAD-89-169: Published: Jun 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) cooperative arrangement for the development and procurement of the next series of geostationary operational environmental satellites (GOES), focusing on the: (1) award of the prime contract and its principal subcontract; (2) c...
GAO's Views on SDIO's Phase I Cost Estimate
T-NSIAD-89-18: Published: Mar 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1989.
GAO discussed the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) revised cost estimate for phase I of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). GAO found that SDIO revised its estimate of $145.7 billion to $69.1 billion in October 1988 because it: (1) significantly reduced the quantities of sensors and weapons needed for SDI phase I; (2) reduced by 51 percent the number of space-based intercepto...
Space Exploration: Cost, Schedule, and Performance of NASA's Galileo Mission to Jupiter
NSIAD-88-138FS: Published: May 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the cost, schedule, performance and status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Galileo mission to Jupiter.GAO found that: (1) although NASA initially estimated the total costs for the project at $410.1 million, it increased its estimate to $1,362.5 million due to shuttle launch delays, changes to the upper stages of the...
NASA Should Provide the Congress Complete Cost Information on the Space Telescope Program
PSAD-80-15: Published: Jan 3, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 1980.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to launch a space telescope aboard the space shuttle in 1983. The program is on schedule and within its budget, and all the telescope's scientific instruments should meet or exceed the established performance requirements. GAO believes that NASA should provide Congress with better financial information on this project.On a recent statu...
Analysis of NASA's Supplemental FY 1979 Budget Request
PSAD-79-59: Published: Mar 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1979.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) requested $185 million to supplement its approved fiscal year 1979 research and development appropriation of $3,292 million. NASA estimated that the additional funding was needed because of technical problems encountered in the development, manufacturing, and testing of Shuttle systems; the need for design changes and weight reductions; and...
Need for Full Cost Reporting and Participating Agreement on SEASAT-A Project
PSAD-78-76: Published: Jun 19, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1978.
Two issues discussed in previous reports on the SEASAT-A Project continue to be of concern: (1) the need to report full project costs to the Congress; and (2) the need to develop a top-level agreement between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regarding project participation. Semiannaul SEASAT-A reports show that...
Pricing of a Fixed-Price Incentive Contract Awarded to RCA Corporation by the Goddard Space Flight Center
PSAD-78-49: Published: Dec 9, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 1977.
A fixed-price incentive contract awarded to RCA Corporation, Astro Electronics, by the Goddard Space Flight Center provides for furnishing eight Television Infra-red Observation Satellite spacecraft buses, associated documents, spares components, and ground support equipment. The value of the contract through modification 16 was $61,938,241 at the target price and $65,078,437 at the ceiling price...