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MASCD

The Mission Assurance Standards and Capabilities Division

The Mission Assurance Standards and Capabilities Division (MASCD) monitors, anticipates, promotes, and actively maintains and improves the health of Safety and Mission Assurance discipline areas.

Who We Are

The Mission Assurance Standards and Capabilities Division consists of Safety and Mission Assurance discipline experts within the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance tasked with providing the agency with policy and technical guidance and advice.

What We Do

The Mission Assurance Standards and Capabilities Division (MASCD) ensures that

  • Directives, standards and related guidance are clear, current and consistent across disciplines
  • Adequate knowledge, tools, methods and facilities are available to address current and future test, experiment and analysis needs
  • Resources exist to ensure the competence and promote technical excellence of personnel
  • Stakeholders are properly informed about matters related to the discipline
  • Effective insight, oversight and assurance of center-level activities are in place
  • Effective support of institution and program-level activities and cross-center collaborations are in place
  • Technical objectives and requirements are routinely satisfied by programs and institutions

MASCD works hard to maintain NASA's Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) capabilities as the agency moves toward new missions (e.g., deep space exploration, small spacecraft technology development and unmanned aerial vehicles), new acquisition models (e.g., increased use of Space Act Agreements and reduced oversight), new engineering practices (e.g., agile software development, use of commercial-grade parts, model-based systems engineering) and new technological advances (e.g., additive manufacturing/3-D printing).

For example, MASCD

  • Reviews and updates the agency-level SMA (8700-series) standards and directives (NPRs and NPDs)
  • Develops training materials, handbooks and other guidance materials on topics such as System Safety, Risk Management and Orbital Debris (OD)
  • Reviews projects for proper consideration of SMA concerns related to areas such as, contingency planning, OD, Planetary Protection and Nuclear Flight Safety

Mission

The Mission Assurance Standards and Capabilities Division (MASCD) fosters and continually advances the state of NASA’s Safety and Mission Assurance through the development and promulgation of policy, standards, guidance, technical knowledge and capabilities.

Vision

Serve NASA missions by providing the architecture and technical means to manage mission critical risk with high assurance.

People

Matt Forsbacka

Matt Forsbacka

MASCD Director

Matt Forsbacka is the director of the Mission Assurance Standards and Capabilities Division (MASCD) within the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.

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Staff

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Delegated Programs

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