Space exploration (61 - 70 of 231 items)
NASA Management Challenges: Human Capital and Other Critical Areas Need to be Addressed
GAO-02-945T: Published: Jul 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2002.
This testimony discusses management challenges and program risks that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) faces in maintaining a skilled workforce, controlling costs, and providing effective oversight for important projects. NASA is taking on a major transformation aimed at eliminating stovepipes; becoming more integrated and results oriented; and reducing risks while working...
Defense Space Activities: Status of Reorganization
GAO-02-772R: Published: Jun 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2002.
To meet long-standing concerns about the Department of Defense's (DOD) organization and management of national security space activities, Congress chartered the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization to study the organization and management of space activities that support U.S. national security interests and make recommendations for improvements. DO...
Space Surveillance Network: New Way Proposed To Support Commercial and Foreign Entities
GAO-02-403R: Published: Jun 7, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2002.
Government, commercial, and foreign entities rely almost exclusively on information generated by the United States space surveillance network to reduce the risk of space collisions when launching and operating their respective space missions. The network is maintained and operated by the Air Force Space Command; surveillance data is processed and an unclassified portion is sent to the National Aer...
NASA: Better Mechanisms Needed for Sharing Lessons Learned
GAO-02-195: Published: Jan 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 2002.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) uses several mechanisms to capture and disseminate lessons learned. NASA has established an agency-wide Lessons Learned Information System that managers are required to review on an ongoing basis. NASA uses training, program reviews, and periodic revisions to agency policies and guidelines to communicate lessons learned. Several NASA centers...
NASA: Status of Plans for Achieving Key Outcomes and Addressing Major Management Challenges
GAO-02-184: Published: Nov 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 2001.
GAO reviewed the following key outcomes in National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) fiscal year 2002 performance plan: expanding scientific knowledge of the Earth's system, expanding the commercial development of space, and deploying and operating the International Space Station. GAO found that NASA has improved its fiscal year 2002 performance plan and responded to recommendations b...
Space Shuttle Safety: Update on NASA's Progress in Revitalizing the Shuttle Workforce and Making Safety Upgrades
GAO-01-1122T: Published: Sep 6, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2001.
In August 2000, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space shuttle program was at a critical juncture. Its workforce had declined significantly since 1995, its flight rate was to double to support the assembly of the International Space Station, and costly safety upgrades were planned to enhance the space shuttle's operation until at least 2012. Workforce reductions were jeop...
NASA: International Space Station and Shuttle Support Cost Limits
GAO-01-1000R: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2001.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 set cost limits on the international space station and space shuttle programs. Under the act, NASA may not obligate more than $25 billion for space station development or more than $17.7 billion for shuttle launches in connection with space station assembly. The act also stipulates that for the purpose...
NASA's X-33 and X-34 Programs
GAO-01-1041R: Published: Aug 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 2001.
This report (1) reviews the usefulness of cooperative agreements as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contractual mechanism, (2) the reasons behind NASA's aggressive and rapid-style management of the X-33 and X-34 programs, (3) the timeliness of NASA's plans to generate adequate program cost estimates for gauging management reserves in the 15-20 percent range, and (4) the infl...
NASA: Status of Achieving Key Outcomes and Addressing Major Management Challenges
GAO-01-868: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2001.
GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) fiscal year 2000 performance report to assess the agency's progress in achieving selected key outcomes important to NASA's mission. The selected key outcomes are to (1) expand scientific knowledge of the Earth system, (2) expand the commercial development of space, and (3) deploy and operate the International Space Station saf...
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...