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GAO Footnotes Parabolic Arc as NASA Ponders Need for Warp Drive, Flux Capacitors

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This is kind of cool. The Government Accountability Office footnoted Parabolic Arc in its decision to deny Blue Origin’s protest concerning the privatization of launch Pad 39A. I think it’s the first time we’ve been cited in a government report. Woo-hoo!

Credit: GAO

Credit: GAO

And while we’re on the topic, check out this bit of sarcasm from NASA that GAO quoted about its potential future need for “flux capacitors and warp drives.”

Blue Origin Loses GAO Appeal Over Pad 39A Bid Process

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Launch Pad 39A with the space shuttle Endeavour. (Credit: NASA)

Launch Pad 39A with the space shuttle Endeavour. (Credit: NASA)

Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin has lost a round in his battle with SpaceX’s Elon Musk over who will control former space shuttle launch Pad 39A in Florida.

In a 12-page decision, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied a protest by Blue Origin over the approach NASA is taking to commercialize the former space shuttle launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center.

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TPIS Releases White Paper in Support of SLS Review

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Tea Party in Space White Paper
Space Launch System Procurement Could Violate CICA

September 2011

Subject: De Facto Sole Sourcing of Space Launch System Would Violate Law

Summary: A violation of 41 U.S.C. 253 (the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984) will occur if NASA moves ahead with a decision to avoid full and open competition by implementing “de facto sole source awards” on the Space Launch System, which will cost anywhere from $111 to $322 billion in taxpayer funds, and potentially much more.

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GAO: NASA Acted Legally in Constellation Actions

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The Government Accountability Office has issued a report saying that NASA acted legally in its efforts on the Constellation lunar program. Congressional appropriators had called for investigation, saying that the Administration was illegally attempting to shut down the program in violation of a law requiring Congressional approval.

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GAO: NASA Faces Significant Challenges in Conducting ISS Research

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International Space Station

International Space Station

The Government Accountability Office has found that after spending a quarter century planning and building the International Space Station, NASA may not be able to fully use the facility for space research because of a lack of transportation, funding and organization.

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GAO: FAA Facing Oversight Challenges as Commercial Space Sector Grows

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The Federal Aviation Administration faces a number of key challenges in overseeing the growing commercial space launch industry, according to a Government Accountability report released last week.

These include maintaining a sufficient number of staff with the necessary expertise to oversee the safety of launches and spaceport operations; determining whether FAA’s current safety regulations are appropriate for all types of commercial space vehicles, operations, and launch sites; developing information to help FAA decide when to regulate crew and passenger safety after 2012; and continuing to avoid conflicts between FAA’s regulatory and promotional roles.

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GAO: Constellation’s Cost, Schedule Remain Uncertain

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Ares 1-X undergoing assembly

Ares 1-X undergoing assembly

Nearly six years after President George W. Bush launched the program, NASA’s Constellation program still lacks a sound business case, a defined schedule, and clear cost estimates. So says the Government Accountability Office in a new report titled, “Constellation Program Cost and Schedule Will Remain Uncertain Until a Sound Business Case Is Established.”

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GAO: PlanetSpace Appeal Rejected Due to Subcontracting, Financial Concerns

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The Government Accountability Office has released a document that explains why it denied PlanetSpace’s appeal of NASA’s decision to award commercial launch contracts to SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation.

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Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates Endorse More Funding for Wallops Island

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Artist's conception of OSC's Taurus II rocket at Wallops Island.

Artist's conception of OSC's Taurus II rocket at Wallops Island.

Jack Kennedy has a couple of posts about the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on his Spaceports blog:

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds endorsed increased operational funding to enhance the staff size of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport today speaking at the Southwestern Virginia Technology Council Energy Technology Summit as interest in the fledgling commercial space operations increases among the Virginia public.

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GAO Says NASA Projects Often Late, Over Budget

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GAO: NASA projects late and over budget
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Ten out of 13 large-scale NASA projects that cost $250 million or more exceed their budget, on average, by 13 percent, according to the report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress. Those same projects also have an average launch delay of 11 months.

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