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What's Happening in the SMA Community?

NASA Monitors Perseids to Improve Meteor Forecasting

The Perseid meteor shower, which peaks in August of each year, was twice as active in 2016 compared to other years. The Perseids are always a major shower and move at very high speeds, so monitoring is essential for the safety of NASA’s spacecraft as there is great potential for high-energy impacts. Increases in activity, like that seen this year, add additional mission risks.

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Scintillating Quantum Dots May Hold the Key to High-Speed, Low-Cost X-Rays

Imagine if capturing an x-ray was as fast and simple as taking a digital photo. Now imagine being able to capture high speed radiography videos with the same relative ease. 

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NID 8000-108 Replaces NPR 8000.4A

Effective Oct. 24, 2016, NID 8000-108, Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirements, replaced NPR 8000.4A, same title, for at least a 12-month period with implementation to begin immediately.
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October Issue of ODQN Now Available

The October issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News is now available, including articles on ASTRO-H spacecraft fragments during payload checkout operations, the new SOZ breakup, the disposal of GOES-3 and more.
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Featured Safety Message


Lessons Learned from Apollo, Challenger and Columbia

As we approach our Day of Remembrance for the Apollo, Challenger and Columbia mishaps, it's important to recognize that we fell into persistent, systemic behaviors over the decades separating each tragedy.

How do we set precedents today upon which to base better decisions in the months and years to come?


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  
NPR 8705.6C Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews, and Assessments Effective Jan. 9, 2017  
NPD 8730.5B Quality Assurance Program Policy Revalidation Effective Oct. 31, 2016
NID 8000-108 Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirements (for NPR 8000.4A) Effective Oct. 25, 2016  

Currently in Review

Policy Title  
NPR 8705.2 Human Rating Requirements for Space Systems
NPR 8715.3 NASA General Safety Program Requirements (Chapters 4, 5 and 8 only)
NPR 8715.6B Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris  
» More Policy Updates

Upcoming Reviews

Policy Title  
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