The economics of NASA mission cost reserves

S. Whitley, S. Shinn
2012 2012 IEEE Aerospace Conference  
Increases in NASA mission costs are well-noted but not well-understood, and there is little evidence that they are decreasing in frequency or amount over time (Bitten and Freaner, 2010). The need to control spending has led to analysis of the causes and magnitude of historical mission overruns, and many program control efforts are being implemented to attempt to prevent or mitigate the problem (NPR 7120). However, cost overruns have not abated, and while some direct causes of increased spending
more » ... may be obvious (requirements creep, launch delays, directed changes, etc.), the underlying impetus to spend past the original budget may be more subtle. Gaining better insight into the causes of cost overruns will help NASA and its contracting organizations to avoid .them.
doi:10.1109/aero.2012.6187409 fatcat:w5s3alv545eqjetywzwo3n5csu