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COSPAR Updates Planetary Protection Policy for Lunar Missions

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Artist Concept

Recently, the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) updated its Planetary Protection policy for the Moon, including adding Category II sub-designations to accommodate missions to different regions. The new Category IIa and IIb designations reflect the importance of the Permanently Shadowed Regions (PSRs) to science and the Artemis generation of human exploration.

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New EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available

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The most recent EEE Parts Bulletin provides information on activities related to Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) parts that occurred at NASA between June and September 2018. This is a special edition on Electrostatic Discharge.

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SMA Leadership Profile: Tim Crumbley

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In March, Crumbley stepped into a new role as the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance Software Assurance technical fellow. Crumbley is responsible for establishing the agency-level Software Assurance procedures, policies, training and requirements for NASA. Overall, Crumbley leads Software Assurance policy development and provides research program oversight, technical direction, and support for the agency and its partners.

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New MBMA Tool Available to SMA Community

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SEAM Tool

The NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging Program is bridging gaps between engineering and assurance disciplines using a Model-Based Mission Assurance tool built around NASA-STD-8729.1, NASA Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Standard for Spaceflight and Support Systems. The tool — the Systems Engineering and Assurance Modeling platform — is a web-based collaborative platform for modeling assurance cases that can be integrated with the models of the system. 

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Human Factors at NASA

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Human Factors
The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance-sponsored Human Factors Task Force (HFTF) advocates training, promotion and outreach of Human Factors across the agency. Over the last three years, the HFTF developed numerous tools within the Human Factors Program. The HFTF members promote addressing Human Factors preventatively to improve organizational performance, as well as retrospectively by identifying the role of Human Factors in mishap investigations.
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Planetary Protection Welcomes New Deputy Officer

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Elaine Seasly

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance recently named Elaine Seasly as the deputy Planetary Protection Officer. In this role, she will be supporting the Office of Planetary Protection in its efforts to promote the responsible exploration of the solar system by implementing and developing efforts that protect the science, explored environments and Earth.

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Supply Chain Conference Focuses on Risk Management

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Goddard Center Director Chris Scolese addresses conference attendees

NASA’s programs rely on robust supply chains to achieve mission success, resulting in many complex relationships that often cross between not only disciplines and projects, but contracts and suppliers. To ensure success, Safety and Mission Assurance professionals must look at the supply chain through a Risk Management perspective to help leaders make risk-informed decisions about the products and services that go into building the spacecraft, payloads and ground systems for the agency’s projects.

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New MetCal Course in SATERN

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Calibration

The NASA Metrology and Calibration (MetCal) Program released a new course in SATERN, “4:1 Test Accuracy Ratio for Compliance with ANSI/NCSL Z540.1-1994 (R2002) Sub-clause 10.2.b,” (SMA-HQ-WBT-217).

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Goddard Develops Integrated Platform to Improve Mission Performance

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Conceptual Drawing of Metamorphosis

The Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate at Goddard Space Flight Center developed an integrated platform, the Meta information system, which currently encompasses 22 operational applications for Goddard and NASA Headquarters’ Science Mission Directorate.

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Improving Mishap Investigations for Human Spaceflight

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Commercial Crew Astronauts

After each of NASA’s major mishaps — Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia — the agency investigated the mishap and applied findings to future flights. As spaceflight became safer with the implementation of the lessons learned, mishap investigations also improved from each experience. With NASA preparing to fly three new crewed space vehicles in the coming years, clear understanding of the Mishap Investigation process with regards to Human Spaceflight and the underlying authorities and legal landscape of these investigations becomes paramount. 

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Update to Lifting Devices Standard Now in Effect

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Lifting

NASA-STD-8719.9, Lifting Standard went into effect Nov. 2, 2018. The update consisted of slight technical changes, new recommended Lifting Device Equipment Manager minimum requirements and editorial cleanup. Because this standard went through a major revision three years ago, updates to this revision were minor. 

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