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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 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?

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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NID 8000-108 Replaces NPR 8000.4A

Effective Oct. 24, 2016, NID 8000-108, Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirements, replaced NPR 8000.4A, same title, for at least a 12-month period with implementation to begin immediately.
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October Issue of ODQN Now Available

The October issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News is now available, including articles on ASTRO-H spacecraft fragments during payload checkout operations, the new SOZ breakup, the disposal of GOES-3 and more.
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New System Receives and Searches NASA Advisories and GIDEP Notices

Want to search for NASA Advisories, Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) Notices and other similar documents on your own?

Up until now, if you wanted to search GIDEP, you either needed your own account or had to contact your center GIDEP representative. Now, if you are within the NASA firewall, you can search for GIDEP Notices and NASA Advisories yourself. 

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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

Safety of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations at NASA

Coordinating Requirements for Operation within the National Airspace System

It should come as no surprise that small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) or “drones” are becoming more popular as NASA research platforms. Their use also has been on the rise in other arenas such as in facilities, protective services and construction. The potential applications of these vehicles are endless.

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 Quality Assurance Program Policy Effective Oct. 31, 2016
NID 8000-108 Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirements (for NPR 8000.4A) Effective Oct. 25, 2016
NASA-STD-8739.1B Workmanship Standard for Polymeric Application on Electronic Assemblies Effective June 30, 2016 See Policy News

Currently in Review

Policy Title  
NPR 8000.4A Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirements
NPR 8705.2B Human Rating Requirements for Space Systems
NPR 8705.5B Technical Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) Procedures for Safety and Mission Success for NASA Programs adn Projects
» More Policy Updates

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