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What's Happening in the SMA Community?

NASA Updates Flexible Hose Operations Safety Training

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The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance’s Ground-Based Pressure Systems Working Group recently completed an update to the agencywide SATERN training course SMA-HQ-WBT-229, Flexible Hose Operations Safety. 

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Update to NPR 8715.6, Orbital Debris Mitigation

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NASA recently published NPR 8715.6E, Orbital Debris Mitigation. This NPR defines the roles, responsibilities and procedural requirements concerning the implementation and review of orbital debris mitigation measures by NASA and NASA-sponsored missions.

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Status of the Development of IA9100, Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations

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NASA adopted AS9100, Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space, and Defense Organizations into its quality policy in 2005 and has continued its use in the quality policy baseline through its last D revision that occurred in 2016. 

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April 2024 Issue of ODQN Now Available

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The April 2024 issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News is now available.

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NASA Safety Reporting

NASA Safety Reporting

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Yes, If Program

At NASA, safety is our first priority. When the possibility of something comes into question, our response should begin with, "Yes, if" instead of "No, because." Those who have exemplified this spirit of ingenuity, creativity and commitment to safety have received the "Yes, If" coin from the current chief of Safety and Mission Assurance. Recognize a NASA colleague who you believe should earn a "Yes, If" coin.


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Featured Safety Message

Lessons From Challenger

This Jan. 28, marks the 35th anniversary of the Challenger accident. The loss of the crew was a tragedy felt by their families, friends and coworkers at the agency, as well as people throughout the world.

The Challenger accident taught us tough lessons and brought forward what have become recognizable phrases: normalization of deviance, organizational silence and silent safety program.

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 

Recently Published
Policy Title Effective Date    
NPR 8705.2 Human-Rating Requirements for Space Systems
Jan. 19, 2024 See NPR 8705.2    
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Currently in Review

Currently in Review
Policy Title  
NPR 8705.4 RIsk Classification for NASA Payloads  
NASA-STD-8719.25 Range Flight Safety Requirements See NASA-STD-8719.25
NPR 8715.5
Range Flight Safety Program
See NPR 8715.5
 Lifting Standard See NASA-STD-8719.9
NASA Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) Standard
NPR 8715.3 General Safety Program Requirements  See NPR 8715.3
NPR 8715.6 NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris and Evaluating the Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Environments See NPR 8715.6
NPR 8735.1 Exchange of Problem Data Using NASA Advisories and the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) See NPR 8735.1
Quad-E Parts Selection, Testing and Derating Standard  
NASA-STD-8739.12  Metrology and Calibration See NASA-STD-8739.12
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Upcoming Reviews

Upcoming Reviews To see that latest draft of a policy or participate in a review, please send us a request.
Policy Title  
NPR 8705.2 Human-Rating Requirements for Space Systems
See NPR 8705.2
NPR 8735.2
Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects
See NPR 8735.2
NPR 8715.1
NASA Safety and Health Programs
See NPR 8715.1
NPR 8705.6
Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews, and Assessments  See NPR 8705.6
NPR 8705.4 Risk Classification for NASA Payloads See NPR 8705.4
NASA-STD-8729.1 NASA Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Standard for Spaceflight and Support Systems See NASA-STD-8729.1
NPR 7900.3 Aircraft Operations Management   See NPR 7900.3
NASA-STD-8719.12 Safety Standard for Explosives, Propellants, and Pyrotechnics See NASA STD-8719.12
NASA-STD-8739.10 Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts Assurance Standard See NASA-STD-8739.10
NPR 8715.7
 Payload Safety Program See NPR-8715.7
» More Policy Updates