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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...
NASA's Space Vision: Business Case for Prometheus 1 Needed to Ensure Requirements Match Available Resources
GAO-05-242: Published: Feb 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2005.
In 2003, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) initiated the Prometheus 1 project to explore the outer reaches of the Solar System. The Prometheus 1 spacecraft is being designed to harness nuclear energy that will increase available electrical power from about 1,000 watts to over 100,000 watts and enable the use of electric propulsion thrusters. Historically, NASA has had diffic...
Space Station: Cost to Operate After Assembly is Uncertain
NSIAD-99-177: Published: Aug 6, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) estimate for the cost to operate the International Space Station after assembly is completed, focusing on: (1) whether any space station-related costs are not included in NASA's estimate; (2) the level of uncertainty in the cost estimate for operations, especially with regard to the potenti...
Space Station: U.S. Life-Cycle Funding Requirements
T-NSIAD-98-212: Published: Jun 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1998.
GAO discussed U.S. funding requirements for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) International Space Station program, focusing on the station's development, assembly, and operation costs. GAO also: (1) compared the current cost estimate with the estimate in its June 1995 report; and (2) provided information on potential cost increases, current program reserves, the prime cont...
Space Station: Deteriorating Cost and Schedule Performance Under the Prime Contract
T-NSIAD-97-262: Published: Sep 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the cost and schedule status of the International Space Station.GAO noted that: (1) in its June 1997 testimony, GAO noted that the cost and schedule performance under the prime contract had been consistently worsening for some time; (2) GAO pointed out that between January 1995 and April 1997, the costs associated with the schedule slippage had inc...
Space Station: Cost Control Problems Are Worsening
NSIAD-97-213: Published: Sep 16, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the International Space Station (ISS), which is being developed by the United States and others, focusing on: (1) Russia's performance problems and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) reaction to them, including the additional cost and cost risk assumed by NASA; (2) cost and schedule experience under the prime...
Space Station: Cost Control Difficulties Continue
NSIAD-96-135: Published: Jul 17, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1996.
Pursuant to congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) International Space Station (ISS) program, focusing on: (1) the program's cost and schedule status; and (2) NASA efforts to improve its cost reporting.GAO found that: (1) over the past several years, ISS flight hardware has been produced; (2) as of April 1996, the ISS prime contract was about...
Earth Observing System: Cost and Research Issues
T-NSIAD-96-116: Published: Mar 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the National Air and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth Observing System (EOS). GAO found that: (1) the projected total life-cycle cost of EOS from fiscal year 1991 to 2022 is $33 billion; (2) these costs include costs for satellites, launch services, data systems, science research, facility construction, and civil service personnel; (3) in order...
Space Shuttle: Declining Budget and Tight Schedule Could Jeopardize Space Station Support
NSIAD-95-171: Published: Jul 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the extent to which the space shuttle program can support the space station's assembly requirements, focusing on the: (1) impacts of the declining shuttle budget; and (2) demanding schedule to support the space station.GAO found that: (1) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) plans for increasing the shuttle's lift capability a...
Space Shuttle: NASA Must Reduce Costs Further to Operate Within Future Projected Funds
NSIAD-95-118: Published: Jun 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to reduce space shuttle operating costs, focusing on the: (1) potential for further cost reductions; and (2) impact of cost reductions on shuttle safety.GAO found that: (1) NASA has reduced its cumulative funding for shuttle operations by 22 percent from fiscal years (FY) 1992 to 19...