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It's about routine, affordable, and safe access to and from space...
Space Transportation Systems Operations
Above: The 1994 Commercial Space Transportation Study - Full Text as Searchable .pdf, 661 Pages, 42MB (or shorter Executive Summary)
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NASA Kennedy Space Center
How can we achieve routine, affordable, and safe transportation to and from space? It is the goal of this site to assist in answering that question.
Enabling future space transportation systems growth requires improving multiple elements and their processes. This includes the flight vehicle, the spaceport, and the organization. It requires all of these be optimized, together. Customers, developers, designers and operators working from a whole systems perspective, building on the lessons of the past - that is our emphasis in the next generation of designs for access to space.
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United States Government Accountability Office, GAO-12-822 (.pdf) "EVOLVED EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE - DOD Is Addressing Knowledge Gaps in Its New Acquisition Strategy", Report to Congressional Committees, July 2012.
"On May 2, 2007, the Air Force waived the requirement for Boeing to provide certified cost or pricing data for a significant amount of hardware associated with the production contract. The hardware is still being used, and the waiver, while officials believe it afforded DOD a reduced price, has limited government insight into cost or pricing data on a large lot of launch vehicle hardware, including engines, purchased at that time. The lack of certified cost or pricing data for this hardware has contributed to years of Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) reports that consistently find ULA proposals inadequate for government evaluation and contract negotiation." Pg. 13.
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