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Defense Space Activities: Continuation of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program's Progress to Date Subject to Some Uncertainty
GAO-04-778R: Published: Jun 24, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2004.
The U.S. space policy states that access to and use of space is critical to preserving peace and protecting U.S. national security and also benefits the country's civil and commercial interests. Air Force guidance explains further that access to space requires the ability to launch critical space assets, when needed, by a mix of space launch systems from standard launch pads at major support facil...
Space Station: Inadequate Planning and Design Led to Propulsion Module Project Failure
GAO-01-633: Published: Jun 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2001.
This report discusses the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) contract with Boeing Reusable Space Systems to build the now-canceled follow-on propulsion module for the International Space Station. GAO found that the initial propulsion module project did not meet performance, cost, and schedule goals largely because NASA proceeded with Boeing's proposal without following fundamen...
Space Station: Status of Efforts to Determine Commercial Potential
NSIAD-99-153R: Published: Jun 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether space-station-related commercial activities could generate revenue capable of reducing the station's annual cost of operations, which the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) estimates will average $1.3 billion, or $13 billion over a 10-year mission life after the space station is fully assembled in 2004.GAO n...
Space Station: U.S. Life-Cycle Funding Requirements
T-NSIAD-98-212: Published: Jun 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1998.
GAO discussed U.S. funding requirements for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) International Space Station program, focusing on the station's development, assembly, and operation costs. GAO also: (1) compared the current cost estimate with the estimate in its June 1995 report; and (2) provided information on potential cost increases, current program reserves, the prime cont...
Space Surveillance: DOD and NASA Need Consolidated Requirements and a Coordinated Plan
NSIAD-98-42: Published: Dec 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space surveillance requirements and DOD's space surveillance capabilities, focusing on: (1) how well DOD's existing surveillance capabilities support DOD's and NASA's current and future surveillance requirements; and (2) the extent to which potential surveillance capabilities and technolog...
1998 NASA Budget: Review of Selected Activities
NSIAD-97-252R: Published: Sep 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1997.
GAO provided information on potential reduction in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) fiscal year (FY) 1998 budget request and prior years' appropriations for selected programs. GAO noted that the information did not reflect any adjustments taken by congressional authorization and appropriations committees during their review of the FY 1998 NASA budget request.GAO noted tha...
Space Station: Cost Control Problems Continue to Worsen
T-NSIAD-97-177: Published: Jun 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1997.
GAO discussed its current work on the International Space Station program, focusing on an update of information reported in July 1996 on the: (1) status of the program's financial reserves; and (2) prime contract's cost and schedule variances and estimates at completion.GAO noted that: (1) in GAO's report and subsequent testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space in...
Earth Observing System: Concerns Over NASA's Basic Research Funding Strategy
NSIAD-96-97: Published: Jul 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) plans for funding its Earth Observing System (EOS) and developing EOS-related basic research, focusing on: (1) the current number of EOS science investigations; (2) researchers' views on whether changes to EOS have adversely affected their ability to carry out their interdisciplinary earth...
Earth Observing System: Cost and Research Issues
T-NSIAD-96-116: Published: Mar 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the National Air and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth Observing System (EOS). GAO found that: (1) the projected total life-cycle cost of EOS from fiscal year 1991 to 2022 is $33 billion; (2) these costs include costs for satellites, launch services, data systems, science research, facility construction, and civil service personnel; (3) in order...
NASA Budgets: Gap Between Funding Requirements and Projected Budgets Has Been Reopened
NSIAD-95-155BR: Published: May 12, 1995. Publicly Released: May 12, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) budgets, focusing on: (1) NASA efforts to reduce or eliminate the gap between its funding requirements and likely budgets; and (2) whether gaps remain between NASA program plans and its likely future budgets.GAO found that: (1) recent events have reopened a gap between NASA program plans an...