Credit: SpaceX

 

 

Two new space reports have been issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), one on nuclear power and future spacecraft missions. The other focuses on moving the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

DOE Could Improve Planning and Communication Related to Plutonium-238 and Radioisotope Power Systems Production Challenges looks at NASA’s dependency on the Department of Energy to supply Pu-238 for space missions. NASA may not have sufficient Pu-238 to support future missions or will have to delay such missions until more Pu-238 is provided.

Radioisotope Power System for the Curiosity Rover at Kennedy Space Center.
Credit: NASA

 

 

 

Federal Aviation Administration: Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Potentially Moving the Office of Commercial Space Transportation focuses on stakeholder and official perspectives on moving this office and what they perceive could occur as a result of such a move, for example, on communication and coordination, regulations and resources.

For copies of these GAO reports, go to:

1)

Federal Aviation Administration: Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Potentially Moving the Office of Commercial Space Transportation

GAO-18-96, October 5

Report: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-96

Highlights: http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687589.pdf

2)

DOE Could Improve Planning and Communication Related to Plutonium-238 and Radioisotope Power Systems Production Challenges

GAO-17-673, September 8

Report: http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687031.pdf

Highlights: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-673

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