Introducing the NASA Advisory Reporting System (NARS)
July 30, 2015
NASA’s new system changes how the agency generates and searches for NASA Advisories.
Updated: Metrology and Calibration Working Group Develops Agency-Wide Capabilities Database
May 20, 2015
NASA’s Metrology and Calibration Program Office at Kennedy Space Center released the NASA Calibration Capabilities database on May 19, 2015. The database lists the calibration capabilities of NASA centers, providing information on the types, measurement ranges and accuracies of calibrations that can be performed at each location.
Electrostatic Discharge Control Industry Standard Updated
March 20, 2015
In 2014, the Electrostatic Discharge Association updated its primary Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) control standard: American National Standards Institute/ESD S20.20. The changes affect how NASA defines the minimum requirements for ESD controls applied when the agency and its suppliers process and handle mission hardware that is sensitive to damaging ESD events.
NASA Explores NDE Options for Evaluating Additively Manufactured Parts
March 04, 2015
Although Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been around for decades, increasing awareness of the significant benefits of flying 3D printed parts and using 3D printers in space has pushed NASA and the aerospace industry to take a close look at how to evaluate and certify AM parts to assure safety and mission success.
NASA Programs Explore Risk-Based Techniques in Lieu of Traditional GMIPs
January 05, 2015
NASA programs are exploring risk-based approaches that reduce cost without increasing risk for safety-critical attributes as a replacement for Government Mandatory Inspection Points (GMIPs). Quality Assurance and risk management officers from NASA programs and industry gathered at ATK in Promontory, Utah, on Oct. 22-23 to share their ideas and methods.
The NEPP Program Hosts EEE Parts Workshop With Focus on Small Missions
December 12, 2014
The NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging Program hosted an international Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical Parts workshop focusing on small missions.
Space Addendum Adds Quality Requirements to Industry ESD Standard
December 04, 2014
NASA and other government and industry partners have made substantial progress this year in the development of technical standards that effectively mitigate the longstanding and growing threat posed by electrostatic discharge.
NASA Invests in Additive Manufacturing Technologies
November 21, 2014
NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance has developed a three-year plan to develop Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) methodologies designed to ensure the production of safe and reliable Additive Manufactured (AM) parts for spaceflight applications. AM, or 3-D printing, is a rapidly growing technology that has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing by reducing component lead time, cost, material waste and energy usage.
Ruminations, Myths and Unreliable Facts
November 17, 2014
Henry Livingston, an engineering fellow and technical director at BAE Systems Electronic Systems, is in the process of writing a series of essays — "Ruminations, Myths and Unreliable Facts" — that provides insight on the serious and growing issue of counterfeit parts. The Introduction and Chapters 1-2 are now available on his website.
OSMA Holds Quality Benchmarking Meeting at Ball Aerospace
November 17, 2014
NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance held a quality benchmarking visit at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 23. It was the third in a series of benchmarking meetings intended to enhance quality across NASA and the space industry.