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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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COSPAR Updates Planetary Protection Policy for Lunar Missions

3-minute read
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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NPR 8715.3D Reflects Recent NPR 8715.1 Institutional Safety Updates

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Regulations

NASA updated NPR 8715.3, NASA General Safety Program Requirements on April 13 from Revision D With Change 2 to Revision D With Change 3. This update reflects recent changes to and ensures consistency with NPR 8715.1, NASA Safety and Health Programs. 

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Updates to NASA-STD-8739.6 Reflect Ongoing Changes to Industry Standards and Expand ESD Control Applicability

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Policies and Procedures Binders

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance’s Workmanship Standards program recently updated NASA-STD-8739.6, Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards to

  • Align with changes in industry standards
  • Expand Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) control requirements
  • Clarify training requirements
  • Reflect changes in other NASA Policy Directives and NASA Procedural Requirements
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NPR 8735.2 Sees Complete Rewrite in Revision C

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NPR 8735.2 Sees Complete Rewrite in Revision C

Recent updates to NPR 8735.2, Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects consolidate Office of Safety and Mission Assurance policy into a hierarchy, make life cycle Quality Assurance more obvious without increasing prescription, and present approaches and solutions for a set of mission assurance objectives. 

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Updated: NASA Updates Planetary Protection Policies

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Earth, Moon and Mars

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.

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Updated NPR 8715.7 Expanded Application to Payloads

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Solar Orbiter PLA Mate Integration

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance recently updated NPR 8715.7, Payload Safety Program — formerly Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) Payload Safety Program  — to bring the document into commonality with guidelines for NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) structure and format and to broaden its applicability to any and all payloads.

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MEO Releases New Technical Manual Detailing Meteoroid Environments

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Meteor Shower

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance’s Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO) recently released “A Meteoroid Handbook for Aerospace Engineers and Managers” (NASA/TM-2019-220142) to help educate programs across the agency about the environments their spacecraft could encounter during their missions and, in turn, help programs protect their spacecraft from potentially damaging threats.

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OSMA Prepares to Release NASA-STD-8739.14 for Review

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NASA-STD-8739.14

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance is preparing to submit NASA-STD-8739.14, NASA Fastener Procurement, Receiving Inspection, and Storage Practices for NASA Mission Hardware for agencywide review in order to meet the planned May 6, 2020, publication date. 

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National Space Council Announces Update to USG ODMSP

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Earth Surrounded by OD

The U.S. National Space Council announced the update to the U.S. Government (USG) Orbital Debris Mitigation Standard Practices (ODMSP). The announcement took place at the First International Orbital Debris Conference (co-sponsored by NASA) in Sugar Land, Texas.

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Requirement Amendment for Storage and Distribution of Small Arms Ammunition

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Safe

The Explosives and Pyrotechnics Safety program recently updated its policy regarding the storage and distribution of small arms ammunition.

Managing the oversight of ammunition affects both the Explosives and Pyrotechnics Safety program and center security offices, and requires careful definition of responsibilities and processes to eliminate redundant activities between the two groups.

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