Accession Number : ADA262896


Title :   NASA Program Costs: Space Missions Require Substantially More Funding Than Initially Estimated


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


Personal Author(s) : Gebicke, Mark E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262896.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 21


Abstract : This report responds to the Chairman's request that we provide information on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) historical experience at estimating space program costs. The Subcommittee was concerned that at the time Congress is asked to authorize the start of new programs estimated to cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, NASA may not have reasonably accurate estimates of their total funding requirements. Specifically, we reviewed the changes from initial to current estimates for major space programs initiated in the past 15 years and studied the reasons for those changes.


Descriptors :   *SPACE MISSIONS , INTERPLANETARY SPACE , COSTS


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Astronautics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE