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Don’t Miss This JWST Micrometeoroid Mitigation Update

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JWST

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.

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NASA Explores NDE Options for Evaluating Additively Manufactured Parts

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3D printing

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. 

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Goddard Develops Software Tools to Improve Mission Reliability

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GSFC Data Systems

Goddard Space Flight Center developed Mission Configuration and the Failure Interrogation and Archiving Tool to improve reliability predictions for missions.

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NASA Programs Explore Risk-Based Techniques in Lieu of Traditional GMIPs

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RBA

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.

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Cross-Agency SMA Team Overcame Unique Challenges with LADEE

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LADEE

A multi-center Safety and Mission Assurance team, led by Ames Research Center, collaborated to provide oversight to the LADEE mission.

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The NEPP Program Hosts EEE Parts Workshop With Focus on Small Missions

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NEPP Event on EEE Parts

The NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging Program hosted an international Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical Parts workshop focusing on small missions.

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NASA Invests in Additive Manufacturing Technologies

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Additive Manufacturing

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. 

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Metrology and Calibration Program’s Equipment Repurposing Efforts Save Millions

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MetCal Repurposing Efforts

For the past three years, NASA’s Metrology and Calibration Program Office has been repurposing measuring and test equipment previously used to support the Shuttle Program at Kennedy Space Center, resulting in close to $2 million in cost avoidance to date.

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Agile Development Brings New Challenges for Software Assurance at NASA

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Agile Development

Agile development helps support NASA’s next-generation missions, but it also poses new challenges for Software Assurance oversight.

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Reliability Plays Important Role in SpaceCube Development

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Spacecube

Goddard Space Flight Center has made reliability a key component in the development of SpaceCube.

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NASA’s Explosives Safety Program Makes Major Changes

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Explosives Safety Program Changes

In 2013, NASA Headquarters and center Explosives Safety Officers retooled the agency's Explosives Safety program, putting emphasis on requirements, qualifications, tools, training and audits to ensure the safe handling, storage and application of explosive materials, including pyrotechnics.

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