Updated: NASA Updates Planetary Protection Policies
July 20, 2020
NASA released two NASA Interim Directives (NIDs) updating the agency’s requirements for robotic and human missions traveling to the Earth’s Moon and human missions traveling to Mars.
NPR 8621.1 D Released
July 16, 2020
NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance released NPR 8621.1D, NASA Procedural Requirements for Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating, and Recordkeeping, effective July 6, 2020. In addition to various administrative changes, the update includes two new chapters focused on commercial launch and aircraft mishaps.
SMA Leadership Profile: Clifton Arnold
June 30, 2020
When asked about his new Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) role, Clifton Arnold joked that it came with many hats — in fact, more hats that he ever expected.
“The position expanded,” explained Arnold. “Pressure Systems included ground and flight pressure systems. With that, Lifting Devices was added, and then we included a special category called Propellants and Pressurants that deals with all propellants and inert gases.
SMA Leadership Profile: Grant Watson
June 22, 2020
Grant Watson unknowingly spent his entire career preparing for his new role, a role that didn’t even exist until this year. As the director of the newly-formed Institutional Safety Management Division of the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, Watson’s 25 plus years in Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA), as well as his executive role as Langley Research Center’s SMA director, give him the knowledge and experience to succeed.
NASA-STD-8739.8 Recently Updated
June 18, 2020
The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) Software Assurance program recently updated NASA-STD-8739.8, NASA Software Assurance and Software Safety Standard — formerly NASA Software Assurance Standard.
New Issue of EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available
June 10, 2020
The latest issue of the EEE Parts Bulletin covers news from the Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts discipline from October 2019 through March 2020.
Upcoming Virtual Human Factors Training and Certification
May 27, 2020
The Human Factors Task Force is hosting a virtual NASA Human Factors Analysis and Classifications System training and certification course, available to NASA personnel interested in learning about the impact of Human Factors across the agency. The three-day certification course will be July 28-30, via Microsoft Teams.
2020 NEPP Electronics Technology Workshop
May 26, 2020
NASA is holding the 11th annual NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) Electronics Technology Workshop, June 15-18. This year’s workshop will be 100% virtual.
SARP: NASA Secure Software Engineering Portal
May 22, 2020
“NASA Secure Software Engineering Portal,” a Software Assurance Research Program (SARP) project, intends to develop an online portal to provide user-friendly access to security-related software development knowledge.
SARP: Automating Software Complexity Monitoring and Security Analysis
May 22, 2020
“Automating Software Complexity Monitoring and Security Analysis,” a Software Assurance Research Program (SARP) project, intends to identify a set of complexity-related metrics and automatically generate them for use by Software Assurance personnel and developers throughout the entire software development process.