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What's Happening in the SMA Community?

NASA-Sponsored Quality Leadership Forum Holds Annual Meeting

The 2016 Quality Leadership Forum, sponsored by NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, took place in March in Cape Canaveral, Florida. One hundred and forty five attendees from NASA and other government agencies, as well as suppliers and distributors, discussed a wide range of topics that provided insight into Quality lessons learned, risks, best practices and updates to industry standards.

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2016's First Issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News Now Available

The issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News covering January through April 2016 is now available. 

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Goddard Hosts MBE Workshop and Shares Model-Based Mission Assurance With MBE Community

On Feb. 17-18, Goddard Space Flight Center hosted its second Model-Based Engineering (MBE) workshop, which included an overview of MBE’s mission assurance counterpart, Model-Based Mission Assurance.

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Range Safety Group Sets Sights on Autonomous Flight Systems Policy

Attendees of the Range Commanders Council’s 117th Range Safety Group Technical Interchange Meeting last November discussed the growing relevancy of autonomous flight systems in the Range Flight Safety community, as well as related policy changes needed to accommodate the new interest. In addition, they discussed resource protection, a launch vehicle failure, and upcoming policy and risk criteria changes related to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The meeting was hosted by the Missile Defense Agency at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, and attended by representatives from government agencies and industries with ties to and interest in the U.S. National Test Ranges.

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This Month's Safety Message


MMS Transporter Fire

Importance of IRT Training

What would your project team do if your NASA-owned flight hardware suffered mishap-level damage during transport? Would someone be prepared to assume the duties of an incident commander or NASA Interim Response Team (IRT) lead?

That’s exactly what happened when one of Goddard Space Flight Center’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) spacecraft was almost damaged in a close call.


Office of Safety and Mission Assurance

What We Do

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) assures the safety and enhances the success of all NASA activities through the development, implementation and oversight of agency-wide safety, reliability, maintainability and quality assurance policies and procedures. OSMA includes the Mission Support Division, Safety and Assurance Requirements Division, and NASA Safety Center, as well as the Independent Verification and Validation Facility.

Policy Status Updates

Recently Published

Policy Title Status  
NASA-HDBK-8739.23 Complex Electronics Handbook for Assurance Professionals Revision effective Feb. 2, 2016  
NASA-HDBK-8709.24 NASA Safety Culture Handbook Revision effective Nov. 23, 2015  
NASA-STD 8719.17B
NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PV/S) Revision effective Sept. 30, 2015  
» More Policy Updates

Currently in Review

Policy Title
NPR 8621.1B
Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating and Recordkeeping
NPR 8705.2B
Human-Rating Requirements for Space Systems
NPR 8705.6B Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews, and Assessments
» More Policy Updates

Upcoming Reviews

Policy Title
NPD 8720.1C NASA Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Program Policy
NPD 8730.1C Metrology and Calibration
NPD 8730.2C NASA Parts Policy
» More Policy Updates