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What's Happening in the SMA Community?

MEO Presents Papers to International Community

Earlier this year, the Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO) presented three papers at the 7th European Conference on Space Debris in Germany, sharing findings and updates related to comparison studies on the damage caused by meteoroids versus Orbital Debris, meteor shower forecasting and NASA’s Meteoroid Engineering Model. 

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New EEE Parts Standard Issued

NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts program recently released a new standard to establish a consistent set of requirements for NASA EEE parts selection, management and control of space flight hardware and critical ground support equipment.


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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Fireball

“What was that bright light in the sky last night?” is a popular question NASA hears from the public and media, and one that the Meteoroid Environment Office, along with its All Sky Fireball Network, does its best to answer, in detail.

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EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available

The latest EEE Parts Bulletin is the second of two special editions on Electrostatic Discharge.

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NASA Safety Reporting

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Skin Cancer Prevention and Screening

A Life Saving Survey

Each year in the U.S., over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people. There are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime. Melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer, can develop from less dangerous types of skin cancer.


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 8705.2 Human-Rating Requirements for Space Systems July 10, 2017 See NPR 8705.2
NASA-STD-8729.1 Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Standard for Spaceflight and Support Systems June 13, 2017 See NASA-STD-8729.1
NASA-STD-8739.10 Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts Management and Control Requirements for Space Flight Hardware & Critical Ground Support Equipment June 13, 2017 See NASA-STD-8739.10
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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-8719.17 NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS) See NASA-STD-8719.17
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