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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?

New Issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News

See the July issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News. 

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JSC Team Improves R&M for Wastewater Recovery System That Will Support Mission to Mars

A team at NASA Johnson Space Flight Center is working to improve Reliability and Maintainability for the Cascade Distillation System using Model-Based Systems Engineering techniques.

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NASA Discusses Safety and Mission Assurance With JAXA and ESA at TRISMAC 2015

NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) gathered in Italy to discuss Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) during this year’s Trilateral SMA Conference (TRISMAC).

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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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NASA Safety Reporting

NASA Safety Reporting

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


The Value of a Sustained Maintenance Program

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

Maintenance of infrastructure has been a popular topic for news media this past year, with outlets reporting on the degradation of dams, bridges and even the U.S. highway system. At NASA, the challenge of balancing rising maintenance costs and renovating, replacing or repurposing decades-old infrastructure grows with the end of each major program and with flat or declining budgets.


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