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Space Station: Status of Financial Reserves
NSIAD-92-279: Published: Jul 20, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) financial reserves to offset unanticipated contingencies associated with the high-risk Space Station Freedom program.GAO found that: (1) NASA has $2.1 billion in reserves remaining from its revised 1992 budget of $16.6 billion for the program; (2) NASA reduced its reserves by...
Space Station: Delays in Dealing With Space Debris May Reduce Safety and Increase Costs
IMTEC-92-50: Published: Jun 2, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) progress in its: (1) incorporation of the current estimate of the debris environment into space station requirements; (2) effort to keep the debris environment model current; and (3) overall strategy to protect the station from space debris of various sizes.GAO found that: (1) most current...
NASA Space Suits
NSIAD-92-197R: Published: Apr 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1992.
GAO provided information on the results of its survey on alternatives to the the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) decision to stop development of a new, high-pressure space suit. GAO noted that in light of astronaut safety and productivity issues, NASA will need to reevaluate its decision not to support the development of a new space suit if estimates of Space Station Freedom...
Toward the Moon, Asteroids, and Mars
146025: Jan 1, 1992
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 14, Winter 1991/92, discusses a practical space exploration program that would: (1) increase knowledge about how climate changes work; (2) discover metals and other resources in asteroids and develop uses for them; (3) establish a lunar base to study such problems of broad interest as the obliteration of many terrestial species 65 million years...
Questions Remain on the Costs, Uses, and Risks of the Redesigned Space Station
T-NSIAD-91-26: Published: May 1, 1991. Publicly Released: May 1, 1991.
GAO discussed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) redesigned space station program's costs, financial reserves, affordability, scientific benefits, and technical challenges. GAO noted that: (1) in response to congressional direction, NASA redesigned the space station, and planned to build and test a smaller station largely on the ground and then place it into orbit in segmen...
Space Station: NASA's Search for Design, Cost, and Schedule Stability Continues
NSIAD-91-125: Published: Mar 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Space Station Program, focusing on the: (1) annual design, estimated cost, and schedule changes since 1985; (2) annual budget requests and resulting funding for fiscal year (FY) 1985 through FY 1991; and (3) NASA 1989 program review's impact on the space station's cost and capabilities.GAO...
Space Projects: Improvements Needed in Selecting Future Projects for Private Financing
NSIAD-90-147: Published: Sep 21, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1990.
GAO assessed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to find acceptable private financing sources for seven space projects.GAO found that: (1) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and NASA selected and removed six of the seven projects selected from the NASA budget request before adequately evaluating their suitability for commercialization; (2) commercial aerospace...
Technology Development: Future Use of NASA's Large Format Camera Is Uncertain
NSIAD-90-142: Published: Jun 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1990.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) why the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had stored the Large Format Camera (LFC) since its first and only flight in 1984; and (2) possible future LFC uses.GAO found that: (1) NASA had successfully demonstrated LFC capabilities by showing that high-quality pictures could be produced in space; and (2) NASA acquired high-r...
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)...
Space Station: National Aeronautics and Space Administration's 1987 Cost Estimate
NSIAD-87-180FS: Published: Jul 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the methodology the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) used in estimating the cost of a permanent manned space station program.GAO found that: (1) in late 1986, the NASA Administrator directed the revalidation or modification of a 1984 space station cost estimate of $8 billion; (2) NASA estimated the cost of each known detailed wo...