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NASA Updates Flexible Hose Operations Safety Training

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The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance’s Ground-Based Pressure Systems Working Group recently completed an update to the agencywide SATERN training course SMA-HQ-WBT-229, Flexible Hose Operations Safety. 

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Two Years of Space Traffic: Current Trends in New Payloads and Debris in Orbit

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The June 2023 issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News is now available and includes the article “Two Years of Space Traffic: Current Trends in New Payloads and Debris in Orbit,” republished here. 

This issue also includes the articles “ISS Maneuvers Twice in a Week's Span to Avoid Potential Collisions,” “Three Minor Breakups in First Quarter of 2023” and “Recent Advances in Modeling Hollow Objects During Reentry,” among other articles.

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John Livacich Receives Yes, If Coin for Approach to Safety

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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.

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SMA Leadership Profile: Jose Caraballo

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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.

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ODQN: First Issue of 2023 Now Available

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The latest issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News is now available. See the latest updates as of March 2023. 

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Up Lifting the Space Mission: Strand Jacks and Hydraulic Jacking Systems

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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. 

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SMA Leadership Profile: Nick Benardini

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SMA Leadership Profile: Dr. J. Nick Benardini

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. 

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New Agency Standard for Wind Tunnel Model Systems Criteria

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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. 

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Cancellation of NPR 8705.5 Reflects Evolution of NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success

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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.

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New Issue of EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available

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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.

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SMA Leadership Profile: Ronnie Rodriguez

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SMA Leadership Profile: Ronnie Rodriguez

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.

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