A Perspective on Acquisition of NASA Space Systems
Final rept. Oct 1991-Dec 1992
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The purpose of the work documented in this annotated briefing was for IDA to understand NASAs unique acquisition process as opposed to DoDs, develop preliminary outcomes for space-related programs in terms of cost and schedule growth, and explore issues related to improving methods for estimating costs and schedules of space acquisition programs. IDAs initial findings concerning cost and schedule outcomes for NASA programs over the past thirty years show that manned programs generally show more cost growth then unmanned programs and high schedule growth is associated with high cost growth. Overall, NASA space programs have demonstrated enormous technical success however, these successes take considerably more time and money than comparable DoD programs.
- Manned Spacecraft