Accession Number : ADA258799


Title :   National Aero-Space Plane: Restructuring Future Research and Development Efforts


Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258799.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 57


Abstract : U.S. efforts to develop and demonstrate an aerospace plane that could achieve low earth orbit using a single stage are focused in the National Aero- Space Plane (NASP) Program. However, the program faces an uncertain future as it competes with other programs for limited federal funding at the same time its costs have escalated and its technologies remain to be developed within an ambitious schedule. Because of these and other concerns, three congressional committees asked GAO to examine various aspects of the NASP Program. This report discusses (1) the status of the program's technology development, (2) changes in the program's projected cost and schedule, (3) the requirements for and the potential mission applications of future operational NASP-derived vehicles and efforts to spin off NASP-developed technology, and(4) issues to be decided in reassessing the direction of the program.


Descriptors :   *AEROSPACE CRAFT , *SPACE FLIGHT , ORBITS , AIR BREATHING , HYPERSONIC VEHICLES , SPACE TECHNOLOGY


Subject Categories : Astronautics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE