John Livacich Receives Yes, If Coin for Approach to Safety
May 08, 2023
John Livacich, Safety and Occupational Health manager at Ames Research Center, recently received a “Yes, If” coin for his proactive approach to mitigating risks and ensuring safe and reliable lifting operations.
SMA Leadership Profile: Jose Caraballo
May 05, 2023
As the Facility Safety program executive at Headquarters, Jose Caraballo works with Safety and Mission Assurance managers and various institutional groups to help them accomplish the agency’s mission of keeping NASA employees safe.
ODQN: First Issue of 2023 Now Available
March 23, 2023
The latest issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News is now available. See the latest updates as of March 2023.
Up Lifting the Space Mission: Strand Jacks and Hydraulic Jacking Systems
March 10, 2023
NASA personnel at Marshall Space Flight Center are preparing for a big lift in support of the Artemis Program.
In the coming months, NASA intends to use four strand jacks in unison to lower the test stand’s crosshead, which weighs 1.25 million pounds, or 625 tons, onto Test Stand 4693 with the Exploration Upper Stage test article underneath.
SMA Leadership Profile: Nick Benardini
January 31, 2023
As NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer, James “Nick” Benardini knows his role is all about the community: his NASA discipline colleagues, agency programs and projects, the international community, and academia.
New Agency Standard for Wind Tunnel Model Systems Criteria
January 17, 2023
NASA released NASA-STD-8719.28, Wind Tunnel Model Systems Criteria, effective Oct. 10, 2022. The new agency standard — which replaces local center standards at Ames Research Center, Glenn Research Center and Langley Research Center — ensures models can move seamlessly between the centers for testing in various wind tunnels.
Cancellation of NPR 8705.5 Reflects Evolution of NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success
January 04, 2023
NPR 8705.5, Technical Probabilistic Risk Assessment Procedures for Safety and Mission Success for NASA Programs and Projects was cancelled, a move consistent with the policy direction to be more objectives-driven, as defined in the recent update to NPD 8700.1, NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success.
New Issue of EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available
December 21, 2022
The EEE Parts Bulletin for November 2022 includes a thorough analysis of Covid-19’s impact on the Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) parts supply chain and also offers approaches to risk reduction.
SMA Leadership Profile: Ronnie Rodriguez
December 01, 2022
Merriam Webster defines a leader simply as a “person who leads.” For Kennedy Space Center Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Director Ronnie Rodriguez, a leader is better defined by why people follow him or her.
Don’t Miss This JWST Micrometeoroid Mitigation Update
November 17, 2022
NASA engineered the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to withstand continual bombardment from dust-sized particles moving at extreme velocities, known as micrometeoroid strikes. To date, JWST is averaging one to two strikes a month.