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What's Happening in the SMA Community?

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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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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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  
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