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Special Edition of EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available

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The latest issue of the EEE Parts Bulletin covers news from the Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts. This issue focuses on the comparison of test methods for Human Body Model Electrostatic Discharge.

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New Issue of EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available

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The latest issue of the EEE Parts Bulletin covers news from the Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts discipline from March 2020 through October 2020. 

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NEPP Provides Guidance on Gallium Nitride in Electronic Components

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Gallium Nitride (GaN), a Wide Bandgap (WBG) semiconductor, is emerging as a promising material for electronic components in the aerospace industry. While historically semiconductor devices have been silicon-based, in recent years, devices using WBG materials such as silicon carbide and GaN have matured to a point where their performance and economic value are competitive with, or in some cases, exceed traditional silicon parts. 

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New ODQN Available: November 2020

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The latest issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News (ODQN) is now available. See the latestr updates as of November 2020. 

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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    
NASA-STD-8719.12A Safety Standard for Explosives, Propellants, and Pyrotechnics Sept. 26, 2019 See NASA-STD-8719.12  
 NID XXXX.X Planetary Protection Categorization for Robotic and Crewed Missions to the Earth's Moon  July 9, 2020      
 NID XXXX.X  Biological Planetary Protection for Human Mission to Mars  July 9, 2020      
 NPR 8621.1D Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating and Recordkeeping  July 6, 2020 See NASA-STD-8621.1D    
 NPR 8705.6D  Safety and Mission Assurance Audits, Reviews and Assessments April 27, 2020 See NPR 8705.6D    
NASA-HDBK-8709.22 Safety & Mission Assurance Acronyms, Abbreviations, & Definitions May 14, 2019 See NASA-HBDK-8709.22  
 NPR 8715.7B NASA Payload Safety Program April 27, 2020 See NPR 8715.7B    
NASA-STD-8739.14 NASA Fastener Procurement, Receiving Inspection, and Storage Practices for NASA Mission Hardware  June 2, 2020 See NASA-STD-8739.14    
NASA STD-8739.8A Software Assurance and Software Safety Standard June 10, 2020 See NASA-STD-8739.8    
NASA STD-8719.11B  Standard for Fire Protection and Life Safety Aug. 20, 2020 See NASA-STD-8719.11B  
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Currently in Review

Currently in Review
Policy Title  
NPR 8705.6E Safety and Mission Assurance Audits, Reviews and Assessments (Chapter 3 only)
NPR 8715 Draft 25 Planetary Protection Provisions for Robotic Extraterrestrial Missions (Previous document number 8020.12)  
NASA-STD-8719.26 Alternate/Supplemental Standard for Non-Code Metallic Pressure Vessels (Previous document number 8719.22)  
NPR 8715.1 NASA Safety and Health Programs See NPR 8715.1
NASA-STD-8739.6 Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards See NASA-STD-8739.6
NPR 8705.4A
Risk Classification for NASA Payloads
See NPR 8705.4
NPR 8735.2
Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects
See NPR 8735.2
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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  
NPD 8700.1 NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success See NPD 8700.1
NASA-STD-8719.7 Facility System Safety Guidebook  
NPR 8715.3 NASA General Safety Program Requirements (Chapter 6 only) See NPR 8715.3
NPD 8730.5 NASA Quality Assurance Program Policy See NPD 8730.5
STD or HDBK EEE Parts Selection, Screening, Qualification & Derating
NASA-STD-8719.13 Software Safety Standard See NASA-STD-8719.13
NASA-STD-8739.4 Workmanship Standard for Crimping Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses and Wiring See NASA-STD-8739.4
NPR Nuclear Flight Safety
NASA-STD-8719.24 NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Requirements
NASA-STD-8719.24 Annex Annex to NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Requirements  
NASA-STD-8739.1 Workmanship Standard for Polymeric Application on Electronic Assemblies See NASA-STD-8739.1
NASA-STD-8739.5 Workmanship Standard for Fiber Optic Terminations, Cable Assemblies, and Installation See NASA-STD-8739.5
STD Planetary Protection  
NPD 8020.7 Biological Contamination Control for Outbound and Inbound Planetary Spacecraft See NPD 8020.7
NASA-STD-8709.20 Management of Safety and Mission Assurance Technical Authority (SMA TA) Requirement  
NPR XXXX.X Nuclear Flight Safety  
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