Space exploration (11 - 20 of 40 items)
NASA: Progress Made on Strategic Human Capital Management, but Future Program Challenges Remain
GAO-07-1004: Published: Aug 8, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2007.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is engaged in efforts to replace the Space Shuttle with the next generation of human space flight systems and implement the President's space exploration policy. To do this, NASA must recruit, develop, and retain certain critical skills in its workforce, guided by its strategic human capital management plan. GAO was asked to examine the exte...
NASA Supplier Base: Challenges Exist in Transitioning from the Space Shuttle Program to the Next Generation of Human Space Flight Systems
GAO-07-940: Published: Jul 25, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2007.
The Space Shuttle Program is currently supported by over 1,500 active suppliers, some of whom are the only known or certified source of a particular material, part or service. The retirement of the Shuttle and transition to planned exploration activities, as called for in the President's Vision for Space Exploration, creates the need for NASA to begin making decisions today about its supplier base...
NASA: Challenges in Completing and Sustaining the International Space Station
GAO-07-1121T: Published: Jul 24, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2007.
This testimony discusses the challenges faced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle. NASA is in the midst of one of the most challenging periods in its history. As part of its Vision for Space Exploration, NASA is simultaneously developing a range of new technologies and highly complex systems to support future ex...
NASA: Issues Surrounding the Transition from the Space Shuttle to the Next Generation of Human Space Flight Systems
GAO-07-595T: Published: Mar 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2007.
On January 14, 2004, the President announced a new Vision for space exploration that directs the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to focus its efforts on returning humans to the moon by 2020 in preparation for future, more ambitions missions. Implementing the Vision will require hundreds of billions of dollars and a sustained commitment from multiple administrations and Congres...
NASA: Sound Management and Oversight Key to Addressing Crew Exploration Vehicle Project Risks
GAO-06-1127T: Published: Sep 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2006.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to spend nearly $230 billion over the next two decades implementing the President's Vision for Space Exploration (Vision) plans. In July 2006, GAO issued a report that questioned the program's affordability, and particularly, NASA's acquisition approach for one of the program's major projects--the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). This t...
U.S. Aerospace Industry: Progress in Implementing Aerospace Commission Recommendations, and Remaining Challenges
GAO-06-920: Published: Sep 13, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2006.
The U.S. aerospace industry's wide-ranging activities--including commercial aviation, national security, and space exploration--make it critical to the economic health and strategic strength of our nation. However, the industry faces challenges, such as a national air traffic management system that, in its present form, cannot handle expected increases in demand; an aging aerospace workforce; and...
NASA's Deep Space Network: Current Management Structure Is Not Conducive to Effectively Matching Resources with Future Requirements
GAO-06-445: Published: Apr 27, 2006. Publicly Released: May 22, 2006.
The President's Vision for Space Exploration calls for human and robotic missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. In response, over the next two decades, NASA may spend $100 billion on new technologies and facilities that will require reliable ground communications to achieve those missions. Presently, that communications capability is provided by NASA's Deep Space Network--a system of antennas loc...
Space Acquisitions: Improvements Needed in Space Systems Acquisitions and Keys to Achieving Them
GAO-06-626T: Published: Apr 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2006.
DOD's space system acquisitions have experienced problems over the past several decades that have driven up costs by hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars, stretched schedules by years, and increased performance risks. GAO was asked to testify on its findings on space acquisition problems and steps needed to improve outcomes.DOD's space acquisition programs continue to face substantial co...
NASA: Implementing a Knowledge-Based Acquisition Framework Could Lead to Better Investment Decisions and Project Outcomes
GAO-06-218: Published: Dec 21, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2006.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to spend over $100 billion on capabilities and technologies to achieve the initial goals of the President's 2004 Vision for Space Exploration. In the past, NASA has had difficulty meeting cost, schedule, and performance objectives for some of its projects because it failed to adequately define project requirements and quantify resource...
Space Shuttle: Status of NASA's Efforts to Address Workforce Issues Related to the Space Shuttle's Retirement
GAO-05-718T: Published: May 18, 2005. Publicly Released: May 18, 2005.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space shuttle program is key to implementing the President's vision for space exploration, which calls for completing the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) by the end of the decade. Currently, the space shuttle, which is to be retired after ISS assembly is completed, is the only launch system capable of transporting ISS com...