Meteor strikes on lobbyists' minds

By Dave Levinthal

Special interests have prodded U.S. government to fund tracking of killer space rocks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colorado":

"… nd the selection of procedures and systems." The bill died in committee. Colorado-based Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. also in 2008 lobbied on a se …"

Cost of 13 NASA projects skyrocket due to improper reviews

By Laurel Adams

The cost of 13 projects at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration grew almost 55 percent, a combined increase of about $2.5 billi

Excerpts from this story referencing "NASA":

"… three years, General Accountability Office investigations have shown that NASA projects are frequently approved without evidence of a sound business case …"

"… requirements and resources—which increases the cost and time of projects.NASA currently does not provide cost and schedule information about the develop …"

"… lity of a proposed project before letting it proceed to the next phases of NASA’s development process. GAO found that if design stability is not achieve …"

"… tly re-designs and unforeseen challenges are more likely to occur.“While NASA has undertaken several initiatives aimed at improving its acquisition mana …"

NASA needs to budget for alternative to Delta rocket, study finds

By Laurel Adams

NASA will stop using the workhorse Delta II to carry satellites and other science missions into space in October 2011 because of the unmanne

Excerpts from this story referencing "NASA":

"… atches, and system components configured in a way that is not secure (OIG). …"

"… e future science missions, a Government Accountability Office report found.NASA has shared the Delta II infrastructure costs with the U.S. Air Force until …"

"… e more than $45 million annually, the GAO said.Looking ahead through 2020, NASA says about 40 percent of its science missions will need a medium-class roc …"

"… of its science missions will need a medium-class rocket like the Delta II. NASA wants to leverage its investments in the Falcon 9 and Taurus II – unmann …"

NASA’s failure to ensure safety in human space flight

By The Center for Public Integrity

Safety management practices, including communication of safety information, blamed for space shuttle Columbia disaster

Excerpts from this story referencing "NASA":

"… ure — had returned to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).” Poor communication of safety information, a culture that stifled prof …"

"… report said. Years of cost-cutting and pressures to do more with less led NASA management to cut corners, investigators concluded. Ultimately, this led t …"

"… that the Orbiter was in trouble and take corrective action.”Follow-up:A NASA spokeswoman told the Center, “After the accident and before launching th …"

"… d the Center, “After the accident and before launching the next shuttle, NASA spent more than two years doing rigorous testing, engineering analysis, re …"

NASA inspector general lack of oversight

By The Center for Public Integrity

Bush's watchdog at NASA appears too close to NASA to be effective

Excerpts from this story referencing "NASA":

"… tration’s watchdog at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been far less active than either his predecessor or inspectors genera …"

"… ssor or inspectors general at agencies of similar size. And, at a minimum, NASA’s watchdog, Robert Cobb, created an appearance of being too close to the …"

"… ngs of a probe initiated following a litany of allegations from inside the NASA Inspector General’s office (IG). The investigation was undertaken on beh …"

"… nd safety. In addition, serious questions about Cobb’s independence from NASA’s senior management were raised by HUD investigators. Cobb, for example, …"