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NASA Human Space Exploration: Opportunity Nears to Reassess Launch Vehicle and Ground Systems Cost and Schedule
GAO-16-612: Published: Jul 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2016.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) new launch vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS), has resolved some technical issues and matured its design since GAO's July 2015 report, but pressure remains on the program's limited cost and schedule reserves. This pressure, in turn, threatens its committed November 2018 launch readiness goal. The program has made progress in resolving...
Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle: Action Needed to Improve Visibility into Cost, Schedule, and Capacity to Resolve Technical Challenges
GAO-16-620: Published: Jul 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2016.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Orion Multi- Purpose Crew Vehicle (Orion) program has overcome several technical challenges and made design changes to the crew capsule to reduce risk. Known challenges, however, remain—such as development of the service module and the crew capsule heatshield, among others—that could cause cost increases and schedule delays as the prog...
NASA: Preliminary Observations on Major Acquisition Projects and Management Challenges
GAO-16-461T: Published: Feb 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2016.
GAO's ongoing work indicates that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made progress over the past 5 years in a number of key acquisition management areas, but it faces significant risks in some of its major projects. On the positive side, the cost and schedule performance of NASA's portfolio of major projects in development has improved and most current projects are adheri...
Space Launch System: Management Tools Should Better Track to Cost and Schedule Commitments to Adequately Monitor Increasing Risk
GAO-15-596: Published: Jul 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2015.
The cost and schedule estimates for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Space Launch System (SLS) program substantially complied with five of six relevant best practices, but could not be deemed fully reliable because they only partially met the sixth best practice—credibility. While an independent NASA office reviewed the estimate developed by the program and as a resul...
NASA: Human Space Exploration Programs Face Challenges
GAO-15-248T: Published: Dec 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2014.
In 2014, GAO reported on a number of issues related to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) human exploration programs: the Space Launch System (SLS) vehicle, the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Orion), and the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO). For example, in July 2014, GAO found that NASA had not matched resources to requirements for the SLS program and wa...
NASA: Actions Needed to Improve Transparency and Assess Long-Term Affordability of Human Exploration Programs
GAO-14-385: Published: May 8, 2014. Publicly Released: May 8, 2014.
The scope of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) preliminary cost estimates for the Space Launch System (SLS), Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Orion), and associated ground systems encompasses only the programs' initial capabilities and does not include the long-term, life cycle costs associated with the programs or significant prior costs:The SLS estimate is based on the...
NASA: Briefing on National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Programs and Associated Activities
GAO-10-87R: Published: Oct 15, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2009.
The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, as amended, established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the civilian agency that exercises control over U.S. aeronautical and space activities and seeks and encourages the fullest commercial use of space. NASA's activities span a broad range of complex and technical endeavors, from investigating the composition, evaluation...
NASA: Constellation Program Cost and Schedule Will Remain Uncertain Until a Sound Business Case Is Established
GAO-09-844: Published: Aug 26, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2009.
NASA's Constellation program is developing the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle and the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle as the agency's first major efforts in a plan to return to the moon and eventually send humans to Mars. GAO has issued a number of reports and testimonies on various aspects of this program, and made several recommendations. GAO was asked to assess NASA's progress in implementing GAO's...
NASA: Agency Faces Challenges Defining Scope and Costs of Space Shuttle Transition and Retirement
GAO-08-1096: Published: Sep 30, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2008.
The Space Shuttle Program (SSP) is scheduled to retire in 2010, and the transition and retirement of its facilities and assets will be an immense undertaking involving approximately 654 facilities worth an estimated $5.7 billion and equipment with an estimated value of more than $12 billion. NASA plans to retire the SSP in 2010 to make resources available for the Constellation program, which is pr...
NASA: Ares I and Orion Project Risks and Key Indicators to Measure Progress
GAO-08-186T: Published: Apr 3, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 2008.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is in the midst of two new development efforts as part of the Constellation Program--the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle and the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. These projects are critical to the success of the overall program, which will return humans to spaceflight after Space Shuttle retirement in 2010. To reduce the gap in human spaceflight,...