Space Station:

Update on the Impact of the Expanded Russian Role

NSIAD-94-248: Published: Jul 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of Russian participation in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space station program, focusing on whether Russian participation will: (1) reduce space station funding requirements by $2 billion as NASA estimates; and (2) improve the station's capabilities for conducting research.

GAO found that: (1) there are no net savings from Russian participation in the space station program that could be used to fund other program areas and accelerate the station's assembly schedule; (2) Russian participation could add $0.4 billion in program funding requirements because of lower than anticipated hardware contributions; (3) NASA will have to find substantial savings from other sources to meet its assembly schedule and funding target; (4) increased program funding needs will likely cancel any anticipated savings from expanded Russian participation; and (5) other program funding requirements will also increase due to contracts with Russia for space-related activities, shuttle improvements and modifications, and additional shuttle flights to assemble the new station.

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