Space exploration (41 - 50 of 55 items)
Space Operations: Listing of NASA Scientific Missions, 1980-2000
IMTEC-89-46FS: Published: Apr 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) active and planned missions between 1980 and 2000.GAO found that NASA supported 84 active or planned scientific missions, with: (1) 5 active and 7 planned missions involving planetary and lunar research; (2) 3 active and 27 planned missions involving the earth sciences...
Transition Series: NASA Issues
OCG-89-15TR: Published: Nov 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1988.
GAO summarized information relating to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) critical program management issues.GAO noted that NASA management problems causing project delays and increasing costs include: (1) lack of a strategic long-term plan for civil space projects; (2) inconsistent and incomplete project cost reports; (3) lack of a life-cycle cost management process for it...
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...
Space Science: Status of the Hubble Space Telescope Program
NSIAD-88-118BR: Published: May 2, 1988. Publicly Released: May 9, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Program, focusing on: (1) the program's current cost, schedule, and performance status; (2) the Space Telescope Science Institute's role in the program; and (3) NASA orbital maintenance plans for the telescope.GAO found that: (1) technical...
Weather Satellites: Economies Available by Converging Government Meteorological Satellites
NSIAD-87-107: Published: Apr 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1987.
GAO reviewed the United States' two separate, but similar, polar-orbiting meteorological satellite systems to determine if the two systems could be combined to eliminate duplicative practices and overlapping functions, and continue to provide necessary services to the systems' users.GAO found that: (1) national policy supports the convergence of polar meteorological satellite systems; (2) converge...
Space Operations: NASA's Use of Information Technology
IMTEC-87-20: Published: Apr 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided an overview of the information technology critical to the missions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).GAO found that: (1) in fiscal year (FY) 1986, NASA allocated about $784 million for information technology, and plans to spend about $4.1 billion on new information technology projects during FY 1987 through 1991; (2) 70...
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...
From Satellites to Space Shuttle and Beyond: GAO Evaluates the Military's Role in Space
129474: Jan 1, 1986
This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 21, Issue 1, Winter 1986, discusses how GAO has approached the space militarization issue. The focus of GAO work has included evaluating: (1) the Department of Defense's organizational structure and ability to manage the multiservice space program; (2) efforts to develop a space system to improve strategic and tactical force effectiveness; (3) t...
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...
A Second Launch Site for the Shuttle? An Analysis of Needs for the Nation's Space Program
PSAD-78-57: Published: Aug 4, 1978. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1978.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is constructing space shuttle facilities at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the primary launch, landing, and orbiter refurbishment site which is scheduled to become operational in mid-1980. A second site, Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), will be funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) and is expected to become operational in June 1983 at a co...