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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?

Electrostatic Discharge Control Industry Standard Updated

In 2014, the Electrostatic Discharge Association updated its primary Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) control standard: American National Standards Institute/ESD S20.20. The changes affect how NASA defines the minimum requirements for ESD controls applied when the agency and its suppliers process and handle mission hardware that is sensitive to damaging ESD events.

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NASA Explores NDE Options for Evaluating Additively Manufactured Parts

Although Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been around for decades, increasing awareness of the significant benefits of flying 3D printed parts and using 3D printers in space has pushed NASA and the aerospace industry to take a close look at how to evaluate and certify AM parts to assure safety and mission success. 

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SMA Leadership Profile: Greg Blaney

Greg Blaney leads NASA IV&V with a focus on teamwork, safety, values, customer satisfaction and supporting mission success across the agency. 

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Safety Message: The Cost of Silence

Listen as Deputy Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance Hal Bell delivers a Safety Message on normalization of deviance and groupthink. 

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This Month's Safety Message

Return to Flight

The Seven Elements of Flight Rationale

This seven-elements approach systematically identifies weaknesses within a given "prove it's safe" argument for flight approval, allowing mitigation options to be discussed. Thus, those with the power to say "yes" to residual flight risk can better understand what is being accepted.

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
Process for Limiting Orbital Debris
NPR 8715.3C
NASA General Safety Program Requirements
NPR 8715.6A
NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris
» More Policy Updates

Upcoming Reviews

Policy Title
Safety Standard for Fire Protection
Facility System Safety Guidebook
Planning, Developing, and Managing an Effective Reliability and Maintainability Program
» More Policy Updates