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Updates to Policy for Human Rating

NPR 8705.2, Human Rating Requirements for Space Systems was updated to reflect current agency policies. Revision C included changes to improve accountability throughout the Human-Rating certification process, clarification of the scope of human-systems integration analyses, clarifications regarding the failure tolerance requirement and more explicit involvement of the crew safety representatives.

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November Issue of ODQN Now Available

Check out the November 2017 issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News (ODQN).

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MEO Selects Three Florida Locations for Meteor Cameras

The Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO) selected three new sites, all in Florida, to host All Sky Fireball Network cameras — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Robinson Observatory at the University of Central Florida and the Beach Corrosion Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center. Installation occurred in October.

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Updates to NASA-STD-8719.17

The NASA Pressure Vessels and Systems Working Group developed updates to NASA-STD-8719.17, Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS). With thousands of ground-based pressure systems across the agency storing substantial amounts of energy, it’s essential requirements for their safe and reliable operation remain current. 

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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 Status  
NPR 8705.5A, With Change 1 Technical Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) Procedures for Safety and Mission Success for NASA Programs and Projects Aug. 18, 2017 See NPR 8705.5
NASA-STD-8719.17C NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS) Aug. 9, 2017 See NASA-STD-8719.17
NPR 8715.3D NASA General Safety Program Requirements (Chapters 4, 5 and 8 only) Aug. 1, 2017 See NPR 8715.3
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Currently in Review

Policy Title  
NASA-STD-8719.12 Safety Standard for Explosives, Propellants, and Pyrotechnics See NASA-STD-8719.12
NASA-STD-8719.25 Range Flight Safety Requirements  
NASA-STD-8739.12 NASA Standard for Metrology and Calibration
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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-8709.22 Safety and Mission Assurance Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Definitions
» More Policy Updates