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What's Happening in the SMA Community?

Human Factors at NASA

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The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance-sponsored Human Factors Task Force (HFTF) advocates training, promotion and outreach of Human Factors across the agency. Over the last three years, the HFTF developed numerous tools within the Human Factors Program. The HFTF members promote addressing Human Factors preventatively to improve organizational performance, as well as retrospectively by identifying the role of HF in mishap investigations.
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Planetary Protection Welcomes New Deputy Officer

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The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance recently named Elaine Seasly as the deputy Planetary Protection Officer. In this role, she will be supporting the Office of Planetary Protection in its efforts to promote the responsible exploration of the solar system by implementing and developing efforts that protect the science, explored environments and Earth.

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Supply Chain Conference Focuses on Risk Management

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NASA’s programs rely on robust supply chains to achieve mission success, resulting in many complex relationships that often cross between not only disciplines and projects, but contracts and suppliers. To ensure success, Safety and Mission Assurance professionals must look at the supply chain through a Risk Management perspective to help leaders make risk-informed decisions about the products and services that go into building the spacecraft, payloads and ground systems for the agency’s projects.

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New MetCal Course in SATERN

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The NASA Metrology and Calibration (MetCal) Program released a new course in SATERN, “4:1 Test Accuracy Ratio for Compliance with ANSI/NCSL Z540.1-1994 (R2002) Sub-clause 10.2.b,” (SMA-HQ-WBT-217).

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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 Effective  
NPR 8715.3D, With Change 1
NASA General Safety Program Requirements
Oct. 29, 2018
See NPR 8715.3
NASA-STD-8719.9B
Lifting Standard
Oct. 25, 2018
See NASA-STD-8719.9
NASA-STD-8719.17C, With Change 2
NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS)
Oct. 12, 2018
See NASA-STD-8719.17

Currently in Review

Policy Title  
NASA-STD-8719.13 Software Safety Standard
See NASA-STD-8719.13
NASA-STD-8719.14 Process for Limiting Orbital Debris See NASA-STD-8719.14
NASA-STD-8739.8
Standard for Software Assurance See NASA-STD-8739.8
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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-8719.11 Safety Standard for Fire Protection See NASA-STD-8719.11
» More Policy Updates