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Update: Orbital Debris Program Office to Procure Titan Transtage for Research

NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office is acquiring a Titan Transtage from the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group , commonly known as “The Boneyard,” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, Arizona, to conduct spectrographic inspections to better understand these historic spacecraft.

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Updates to Policy on Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating and Recordkeeping Improve Investigation Process

Changes to NPR 8621.1, Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating, and Recordkeeping went into effect on May 19, 2016. These updates affect NASA’s process for endorsing and releasing mishap reports following incidents.

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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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This Month's Safety Message


Skin Cancer Prevention and Screening

A Life-Saving Survey

Each year in the U.S., over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people. There are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime. Melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer, can develop from less dangerous types of skin cancer.


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  
NPD 8730.1C Metrology and Calibration Revision effective June 27, 2011 (updated as a revalidation May 19, 2016)
NPR 8621.1C Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating, and Recordkeeping Revision effective May 19, 2016
NASA-HDBK-8739.23 Complex Electronics Handbook for Assurance Professionals Revision effective Feb. 2, 2016  
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Currently in Review

Policy Title
NPR 8705.2B Human-Rating Requirements for Space Systems
NPR 8705.5B Technical Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) Procedures for Safety and Mission Success for NASA Programs and Projects
NPR 8705.6B Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews, and Assessments

Upcoming Reviews

Policy Title
NPD 8700.1E Policy for Safety and Mission Success
NPD 8720.1C NASA Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Program Policy
NPD 8730.1C Metrology and Calibration