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CASIS Wastes Crew Time And Delays NASA's Human Spaceflight Research

By Keith Cowing
July 30, 2018
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CASIS Wastes Crew Time And Delays NASA's Human Spaceflight Research

NASA’s Management and Utilization of the International Space Station
“NASA uses 76.6 percent of the Station’s research resources, so it pays 76.6 percent of the U.S. Segment’s operating costs. Although a significant portion of total Station research time, the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 requires at least 50 percent of these resources, including upmass and crew time, be allocated to the CASIS-managed National Laboratory, limiting the time and capabilities available to NASA for mitigating risks associated with future space exploration goals. While our prior work found that CASIS has used on average only 52.7 percent of the crew time allocated from September 2013 to April 2017, its use of crew time has increased since 2016 to 72.8 percent between March 2016 and September 2016 and 68.1 percent between September 2016 and April 2017.39 Any allocation unused by CASIS can be used by NASA for its own research.”
OIG: NASA’s Management of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) (2018) earlier post
“CASIS will be allocated additional research hours when NASA adds an additional crew member to the Station in late 2018. However, given its performance to date, CASIS utilization rates for the National Lab will likely further diminish.”

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