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What's Happening in the SMA Community?

New EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available

The most recent EEE Parts Bulletin provides information on activities related to Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) parts that occurred at NASA between June and July 2017. 

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SMA Leadership Profile: Richard Burt

Richard “Rick” Burt, Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) director at Marshall Space Flight Center, has what he calls the “Fundamental Four”:

  • Do the right things
  • Do them right
  • Do them now
  • Own them
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Printed Circuit Board Assessments at NASA Drive Update to Industry Standard

Multi-disciplinary physics-of-failure testing and simulations conducted on Printed Circuit Boards at Goddard Space Flight Center recently resulted in an industry standard update, which will lead to cost savings not only for NASA but for the electronics industry in general.

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NASA-STD-8729.1A, Reliability and Maintainability Revision Overview

The NASA Reliability and Maintainability program recently released Revision A to NASA-STD-8729.1, NASA Reliability and Maintainability Standard for Spaceflight and Support Systems.
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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 8705.5A, With Change 1 Technical Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) Procedures for Safety and Mission Success for NASA Programs and Projects Aug. 18, 2017 See NPR 8705.5
NASA-STD-8719.17C NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS) Aug. 9, 2017 See NASA-STD-8719.17
NPR 8715.3D NASA General Safety Program Requirements (Chapters 4, 5 and 8 only) Aug. 1, 2017 See NPR 8715.3
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Currently in Review

Policy Title  
NASA-STD-8719.12 Safety Standard for Explosives, Propellants, and Pyrotechnics See NASA-STD-8719.12
NASA-STD-8719.25 Range Flight Safety Requirements  
NASA-STD-8739.12 NASA Standard for Metrology and Calibration
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Upcoming Reviews

Policy Title  
NASA-STD-6008 NASA Fastener Procurement, Receiving Inspection, and Storage Practices for Spaceflight Hardware See NASA-STD-6008
NASA-STD-8709.20 Management of Safety and Mission Assurance Technical Authority (SMA TA) Requirements See NASA-STD-8709.20
NASA-STD-8709.22 Safety and Mission Assurance Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Definitions
» More Policy Updates