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NASA Needs to Better Assess Contract Termination Liability Risks and Ensure Consistency in Its Practices
GAO-11-609R: Published: Jul 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2011.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) procures most of its goods and services through contracts, and it terminates very few of them. In fiscal year 2010, for example, NASA's procurements, ranging from small contracts for human resources consulting services to multimillion dollar contracts to build and operate spacecraft, totaled approximately $17.4 billion, representing about 83...
Space Acquisitions: Uncertainties in the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program Pose Management and Oversight Challenges
GAO-08-1039: Published: Sep 26, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2008.
The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to spend over $27 billion acquiring launch services through the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program over the next 12 years. The EELV program uses two families of commercially owned and operated vehicles to launch satellites. Partly because the commercial space market did not develop as expected, the EELV program has undergone significant changes....
Cassini Mission: Estimated Launch Costs for NASA's Mission to Saturn
NSIAD-95-141BR: Published: May 8, 1995. Publicly Released: May 25, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Titan IV-Centaur launch of its Cassini spacecraft, focusing on the: (1) current estimated cost for the launch; and (2) extent to which cost savings opportunities exist.GAO found that: (1) NASA's most recent estimate for the Titan IV-Centaur launch of its Cassini spacecraft is...
Space Shuttle: Status of Advanced Solid Rocket Motor Program
NSIAD-93-26: Published: Nov 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Advanced Solid Rocket Motor (ASRM) Program, focusing on the: (1) extent to which the need for the program has changed; and (2) reasons for cost growth and schedule slippage.GAO found that: (1) NASA planned the ASRM program to enhance space shuttle safety and reduce human error...
OCG-93-27TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed major policy, management, and program issues at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), focusing on: (1) aligning plans with likely budgets; (2) systems development management; (3) improving operations and oversight; and (4) preserving U.S. aeronautics leadership.GAO found that NASA: (1) strategic and program plans call for unreal...
Military Space Programs: An Unclassified Overview of Defense Satellite Programs and Launch Activities
NSIAD-90-154FS: Published: Jun 29, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Department of Defense's (DOD) satellite program plans, focusing on the relationships between and cost of DOD satellites, launch vehicles, and launch facilities.GAO found that: (1) DOD satellites perform a wide variety of missions to support U.S. national security interests and pursue advances in research and technology; (2) due to launch failur...
Weather Satellites: Cost Growth and Development Delays Jeopardize U.S. Forecasting Ability
NSIAD-89-169: Published: Jun 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) cooperative arrangement for the development and procurement of the next series of geostationary operational environmental satellites (GOES), focusing on the: (1) award of the prime contract and its principal subcontract; (2) c...
Space Funding: NASA's Appropriations and DOD's Funding Estimates for Space Programs
NSIAD-87-81FS: Published: Feb 26, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO defined and compared the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) and the Department of Defense's (DOD) funding for space programs.GAO found that NASA: (1) receives funding for its space program through appropriations for research and development, space flight, control, and data communications, facility construction, and research and progra...
The Space Transportation System
105609: Mar 9, 1978
In 1972, the two expected principal users of the Space Transportation System, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Defense (DOD), agreed that the program would require two launch sites, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. NASA budget requests include additonal orbiters which would bring the total to five. The...