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What's Happening in the SMA Community?

Goddard Develops Risk-Based Approach to Using Inherited Components

Over the last seven years, Goddard Space Flight Center has experienced a massive increase in the use of inherited components, including flight-printed wiring assemblies.

An inherited component is one that either already exists or is built-to-print from an existing design. If these parts aren’t designed, manufactured, inspected, tested and delivered acceptably, they pose an elevated risk to missions.

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Project Review: MMOD Impacts Found on a Returned ISS Cover

The July 2016 edition of Orbital Debris Quarterly News included an article on Micrometeoroid and Orbital Debris impacts on an International Space Station cover. Continue reading for the full article. 

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Metrology and Calibration Directive Recently Updated

NASA recently published an administrative change (Change 2) of NPD 8730.1C, Metrology and Calibration that went into effect on May 19, 2016. The implemented changes were developed through the Metrology and Calibration Working Group and are intended to provide increased flexibility to centers implementing the policy.

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New ELV Payload Safety Course in SATERN

Recently, a new course, “Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Requirements” (SMA-HQ-WBT-206), was released to the agency in SATERN. The course focuses on NASA-STD-8719.24, NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Requirements.

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NASA Safety Reporting

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This Month's Safety Message


The Balance Zone

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Ever since centers began recording slips, trips and falls, these incidents have remained the single most frequent cause of injury at NASA. Across the United States, slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits with more than 8 million cases per year, and, perhaps more surprisingly, they are the second leading cause of accidental deaths.


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-STD 8739.1B Workmanship Standard for Polymeric Application on Electronic Assemblies Effective June 30, 2016
NASA-STD 8739.4A Crimping, Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses, and Wiring Effective June 30, 2016
NASA-STD 8739.6A Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards Effective June 30, 2016
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Currently in Review

Policy Title  
NPR 8000.4A Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirements
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 adn Projects
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Upcoming Reviews

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