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Updates to NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris

An update to the NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris and Evaluating the Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Environment (NPR 8715.6B) was released on February 16, 2017. NPR 8715.6B replaces the previous version, NPR 8715.6A with Change 1, which was released on  May 25, 2012.

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SMA Leadership Profile: Glenn Graham

Last July, Glenn Graham stepped into a new role after 28 years in the U.S. Air Force: Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) director at Armstrong Flight Research Center. At what Graham calls a center of excellence for aviation in the mecca of aviation (the Antelope Valley North of Los Angeles) his experience is a great fit for the NASA center and its flying-focused missions. 

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Updates to Agency Requirements Accessibility Platform

NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance recently released updates to Cradle, the agency’s Safety and Mission Assurance requirements database, to improve user experience.

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NPR 8705.6C Revision Overview

Updates to NPR 8705.6, Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews, and Assessments, took effect Jan. 9, 2017. These changes were made to update and streamline the audit process.

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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

As a society, we have become reliant on technology both at work and at home. Many of us keep our cell phones on-hand around the clock, believing an instantaneous response is not only wanted, but expected from friends, family and colleagues. Although we all feel inclined to meet these social expectations, it’s crucial that we adjust our behavior when driving and put down or turn off our cell phones until we reach our destination.


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 8715.6B Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris Feb. 16, 2017 See NPR 8715.6B
NPR 8705.6C Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews, and Assessments Jan. 9, 2017 See NPR 8705.6C
NPD 8730.5B Quality Assurance Program Policy Oct. 31, 2016 See NPD 8730.5B
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Currently in Review

Policy Title  
NASA-STD-8729.1 NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS) See NASA-STD-8729.1
NPR 8705.2 Human Rating Requirements for Space Systems See NPR 8705.2
NPR 8715.3 NASA General Safety Program Requirements (Chapters 4, 5 and 8 only) See NPR 8715.3
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Upcoming Reviews

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