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NASA Releases New Planetary Protection Standard

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NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance released NASA-STD-8719.27, Planetary Protection Standard, effective Aug. 30, 2022. The standard is a follow-on document complementing NPR 8715.24, Planetary Protection Provisions for Robotic Extraterrestrial Missions. It addresses and is relevant to both crewed and robotic missions and covers the technical details a mission should consider for the design and execution of the Planetary Protection mission throughout the project life cycle. It is relevant starting in the Mission Concept Review and System Requirements Review phase by defining the Planetary Protection categorization to end-of-mission disposal reporting.

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SMA Leadership Profile: Clifton Arnold

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Clifton Arnold

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.

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SMA Leadership Profile: Grant Watson

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Grant Watson Profile

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.

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NASA-STD-8739.8 Recently Updated

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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.

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New Issue of EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available

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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. 

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Upcoming Virtual Human Factors Training and Certification

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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.

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2020 NEPP Electronics Technology Workshop

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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.

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SARP: NASA Secure Software Engineering Portal

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SSEP

“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.

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SARP: Automating Software Complexity Monitoring and Security Analysis

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Automating Software

“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.

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SARP: Toward a Guide for Software Defect Tracking, Modeling, and Analysis

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One Software Assurance Research Program (SARP) project, “Toward a Guide for Software Defect Tracking, Modeling, and Analysis,” intends to connect software Reliability growth models to practical software defect tracking. 

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SARP: Software Assurance Tasking Checklists for NASA-STD-8739.8

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One Software Assurance Research Program (SARP) project, “Software Assurance Tasking Checklists for NASA-STD-8739.8,” intends to automate the identification of Software Assurance activities.

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