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What's Happening in the SMA Community?

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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Space Debris Sensor Waiting for Launch

The February 2017 edition of Orbital Debris Quarterly News included the article "Space Debris Sensor Waiting for Launch." Continue reading for the full article. 

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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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NASA Safety Reporting

NASA Safety Reporting

Learn more about reporting safety concerns at NASA.
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Featured Safety Message

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  
NPR 8705.6C Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews, and Assessments Jan. 9, 2017  
NPD 8730.5B Quality Assurance Program Policy Oct. 31, 2016
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Currently in Review

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