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NASA plans to invest billions in the coming years in science and exploration space flight initiatives. In the past, NASA has had difficulty meeting cost, schedule, and performance objectives for many of its projects. The need to effectively manage projects will gain even more importance as NASA seeks to manage its wide-ranging portfolio in an increasingly constrained fiscal environment. This report provides an independent assessment of selected NASA projects. This report compared projects against best practice criteria for system development including attainment of knowledge on technologies and design. The projects assessed are considered major acquisitions by NASA -- each with a life-cycle cost of over $250 million. Charts and tables.... problem; according to the project manager, a crack in the Single Board Computer (SBC) Printed Wiring Board was confirmed in January 2009. ... The project will experience significant delays based on this decision since the new SBC will not be delivered until spring 2010. ... Recent failure of the Taurus XL launch vehicle during the launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) further threatens toanbsp;...

Author:Gene L. Dodaro
Publisher:DIANE Publishing - 2010-06


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