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NASA Releases New Planetary Protection Standard

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NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance released NASA-STD-8719.27, Planetary Protection Standard, effective Aug. 30, 2022. The standard is a follow-on document complementing NPR 8715.24, Planetary Protection Provisions for Robotic Extraterrestrial Missions. It addresses and is relevant to both crewed and robotic missions and covers the technical details a mission should consider for the design and execution of the Planetary Protection mission throughout the project life cycle. It is relevant starting in the Mission Concept Review and System Requirements Review phase by defining the Planetary Protection categorization to end-of-mission disposal reporting.

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New Explosives Safety Course for Managers, Supervisors and Non-Explosives Personnel

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NASA’s Explosives and Pyrotechnics Safety program recently released “Explosives Safety Awareness Training for Managers, Supervisors and Non-Explosives Personnel” (SMA-HQ-WBT-222) in SATERN. This online course provides an overview of Explosives Safety flow-down requirements and responsibilities for program, project and element managers throughout NASA. It emphasizes the responsibilities of personnel and safety awareness of operations that involve the handling, storage, transportation and processing of explosives.

 
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Updates to Payload Safety Policies Supports New and Existing Programs

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The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance enhanced the Payload Safety program to cover all payload projects. As part of this process, the program recently released a revision to NASA-STD-8719.24, NASA Payload Safety Requirements, effective March 20, 2022. This standard update followed a significant revision to NPR 8715.7B, NASA Payload Safety Program, effective April 27, 2020.

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Updated Range Flight Safety Course Improves Training Experience

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The NASA Range Flight Safety Program, with support from the NASA Safety Center, recently released an update to “Range Flight Safety Analysis” (SMA-AS-WBT-435), available in SATERN. The new training includes recent policy changes, updated materials and the new Federal Aviation Administration Code of Federal Regulations Part 450 requirements. It also converts previous in-class exercises to instructor-led demonstrations.

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Lessons From Challenger

This Jan. 28, marks the 35th anniversary of the Challenger accident. The loss of the crew was a tragedy felt by their families, friends and coworkers at the agency, as well as people throughout the world.

The Challenger accident taught us tough lessons and brought forward what have become recognizable phrases: normalization of deviance, organizational silence and silent safety program.


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

Recently Published
Policy Title Effective Date    
 NPD 8700.1F Policy for Safety and Mission Success  July 28, 2022 See NPD 8700.1F  
NPR 8000.4  Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirement April 19, 2022 See NPR 8000.4  
NASA-STD-8719.24 Annex Annex to NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Requirements
March 30, 2022 See NASA-STD-8719.24  
NASA-STD-8719.24
NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Requirements
March 30, 2022 See NASA-STD-8719.24  
NID 8715.140 Safety Policy Regarding Hazardous Chemicals Storage
March 2, 2022 See NID 8715.140  
NASA-STD-8739.12
Metrology & Calibration
Feb. 7, 2022 See NASA-STD-8739.12  
NPR 8715.26
Nuclear Flight Safety Feb. 4, 2022 See NPR 8715.26 See Article
NPR 8715.3 General Safety Program Requirements Dec. 21, 2021 See NPR 8715.3  
NASA-STD-8719.17 NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS) Jan. 6, 2022 See NASA-STD-8719.17  
NASA-STD-8719.9 Lifting Standard Jan. 18, 2022 See NASA-STD-8719.9  
NPR 8735.2 Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects Nov. 22, 2021 See NPR 8753.2  
NASA-STD-8719.14
Process for Limiting Orbital Debris
Nov. 5, 2021 See NASA-STD-8719.14  
NPR 8705.6  Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews and Assessments Oct. 21, 2021 See NPR 8705.6  
NASA-STD-8739.1 Workmanship Standard for Polymeric Application on Electronic Assemblies Oct. 4, 2021 See NASA-STD-8739.1  
NASA-STD-8739.5 Workmanship Standard for Fiber Optic Terminations, Cable Assemblies and Installation Oct. 4, 2021 See NASA-STD-8739.5  
 NPR 8715.24 Planetary Protection Provisions for Robotic Extraterrestrial Missions Sept. 24, 2021 See NPR 8715.24  
 NPR 8705.4  Risk Classification for NASA Payloads Sept. 17, 2021 See NPR 8705.4  
NPD 8730.5 NASA Quality Assurance Program Policy Sept. 10, 2021    
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Currently in Review

Currently in Review
Policy Title  
 NPR 8715.6 NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris and Evaluating the Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Environments See NPR 8715.6
 NPD 7900.4  NASA Aircraft Operations Management See NPD 7900.4
NASA-STD-8719.17 NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS) See NASA-STD-8719.17
NASA-STD-87xx
Wind Tunnel Model Systems Criteria

NPR 8705.5
Technical Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) Procedures for Safety and Mission Success for NASA Programs and Projects
See NPR 8705.5
NASA-STD-8739.8
Software Assurance and Software Safety
See NASA-STD-8739.8
NASA-STD-87XX.PP Planetary Protection Standard  
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Upcoming Reviews

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Policy Title  
NASA-STD-8719.HR  Crew Safety and Survivability Technical Requirements for Space Systems  
NPR 8715.6  NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris and Evaluating the Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Environments See NPR 8715.6
NPR 8735.2  Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects See NPR 8735.2
NASA-STD-8719.25  Range Flight Safety Requirements See NASA-STD-8719.25
NASA-STD-8729.1 NASA Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Standard for Spaceflight and Support Systems See NASA-STD-8729.1
NASA-STD-8719.9  Lifting Standard See NASA-STD-8719.9
NPR 8715.3  General Safety Program Requirements  See NPR 8715.3
NPR 8715.PPHM Planetary Protection Provisions for Crewed Missions to the Earth's Moon  
NPR 7900.3 Aircraft Operations Management   See NPR 7900.3
NASA-STD-8719.12 Safety Standard for Explosives, Propellants, and Pyrotechnics See NASA STD-8719.12
 NPR 8715.5  Range Flight Safety Program  See NPR 8715.5
 NPR 8705.2 Human-Rating Requirements for Space Systems See NPR 8705.2
NASA-STD 8739.11 EEE Parts Selection, Screening, Qualification & Derating
NASA-STD-8739.10 Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts Assurance Standard See NASA-STD-8739.10
NPR 8735.1 Exchange of Problem Data Using NASA Advisories and the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) See NPR 8735.1
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