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The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) assures the safety and enhances the success of all NASA activities. Take a look around our new website to learn what's happening in NASA's Safety and Mission Assurance community including updates on disciplines, programs, policies and personnel.

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What's Happening in the SMA Community?

TEERM Works With Programs and Projects to Address Environmental Pressures

NASA’s Technology Evaluation for Environmental Risk Mitigation Program Office, part of the Environmental Management Division, works with agency programs and projects to enhance mission readiness and reduce risks caused by environmental pressures.

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SMA Program Profile: Independent Verification and Validation

NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Program reduces risk associated with safety- and mission-critical software.

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NASA R&M Attendees Make the Most Out of RAMS 2015

NASA Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) professionals attend the 2015 Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), where they held a NASA splinter session and presented papers. 

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Europa Clipper Uses New Software Assurance Process

The Europa Clipper is the first mission to integrate into its design a new Software Assurance process on managing Command File Errors.

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NASA Safety Reporting

NASA Safety Reporting

Learn more about reporting safety concerns at NASA.
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This Month's Safety Message


NASA and Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Know the Rules

NASA projects are flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at an ever-growing rate to complete scientific research, assist other government agencies with emergency response and learn how to safely navigate the National Airspace System along with crewed aircraft. While many weigh just a few pounds, measure flight time in minutes and are limited to line-of-sight control, some weigh thousands of pounds, have international range and utilize satellite-link control.


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 8730.5B
NASA Quality Assurance Program Policy
Revision effective Oct. 2, 2014
NPR 8705.4
Risk Classification for NASA Payloads
Revision effective Oct. 2, 2014
NPD 8730.1C
Metrology and Calibration
Revision effective Oct. 2, 2014
» More Policy Updates

Currently in Review

Policy Title
NASA-HDBK-8709.24 NASA Safety Culture Handbook
NASA-STD-8719.17
NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS)
NASA-STD-8719.14A 
Process for Limiting Orbital Debris
» More Policy Updates

Upcoming Reviews

Policy Title
NASA-STD-8719.11A
Safety Standard for Fire Protection
NASA-STD-8719.7
Facility System Safety Guidebook
NASA-STD-8729.1
Planning, Developing, and Managing an Effective Reliability and Maintainability Program
» More Policy Updates