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Updates to Agency Requirements Accessibility Platform

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NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance recently released updates to Cradle, the agency’s Safety and Mission Assurance requirements database, to improve user experience.

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NPR 8705.6C Revision Overview

NPR 8705.6

Updates to NPR 8705.6, Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews, and Assessments, took effect Jan. 9, 2017. These changes were made to update and streamline the audit process.

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Update to Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards Published

NASA-STD-8739.6A

NASA-STD-8739.6A, Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards was updated and released on June 30, 2016. The revised standard, effective for five years, includes significant technical updates and corrections. This update was one of three recently publish standard updates, which included NASA-STD-8739.1B, Workmanship Standard for Polymeric Application on Electronic Assemblies and NASA-STD-8739.4A, Crimping, Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses, and Wiring.

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Updates to Crimping, Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses, and Wiring Standard Published

NASA-STD-8739.4A

NASA-STD-8739.4A, Crimping, Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses, and Wiring was updated and released on June 30, 2016. The revised standard, effective for five years, includes significant technical updates and corrections. This update was one of three recently publish standard updates, which included NASA-STD-8739.1B, Workmanship Standard for Polymeric Application on Electronic Assemblies and NASA-STD-8739.6A, Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards.

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Update to Polymeric Application Standard Published

NASA-STD-8739.1B

NASA-STD-8739.1B, Workmanship Standard for Polymeric Application on Electronic Assemblies was updated and released on June 30, 2016. The revised standard, effective for five years, includes significant technical updates and corrections. This update was one of three recently publish standard updates, which included NASA-STD-8739.4A, Crimping, Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses, and Wiring and NASA-STD-8739.6A, Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards.

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Metrology and Calibration Directive Recently Updated

NPD 8730.1C

NASA recently published an administrative change (Change 2) of NPD 8730.1C, Metrology and Calibration that went into effect on May 19, 2016. The implemented changes were developed through the Metrology and Calibration Working Group and are intended to provide increased flexibility to centers implementing the policy.

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Updated Complex Electronics Assurance Handbook Works in Partnership With Engineering Handbook

Complex Electronics Handbook for Assurance Professionals

Updates to NASA-HDBK-8739.23, Complex Electronics Handbook for Assurance Professionals, went into effect on Feb. 2, 2016. These changes brought the assurance handbook into alignment with NASA-HDBK-4008, Programmable Logic Devices (PLD) Handbook. 

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ELV Payload Safety Standard Updated to Coincide With Previous NPR Changes

NASA-STD-8719.24

Changes to NASA-STD-8719.24 align the standard with policy changes made to NPR 8715.7 last February. 

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Updated Workmanship Standard Released

Workmanship

NASA published an updated version of NASA-STD-8739.5, Workmanship Standard for Fiber Optic Terminations, Cable Assemblies, and Installation, on Sept. 14, 2015. This update adds an exclusion and a new requirement in addition to meeting agency requirements to periodically check and refresh the standard.

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Policy Changes Affecting Safety and Health Plans to Result in Cost Savings

Safety and Health Plans

Changes to NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 1852.223-73 will make NASA’s proposal review process quicker and more efficient. The requirement changes permit companies competing for low-cost and administrative contracts with minimal hazards to submit Safety and Health Plans after the contract is awarded.

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Electrostatic Discharge Control Industry Standard Updated

ESD

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.

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DoD Passed Counterfeit Rule, Is NASA Next?

Counterfeit Parts Rules and Legislation

NASA recently proposed new legislation to address the growing problem of counterfeit parts in the aerospace industry supply chain. The legislation is part of the NASA 2014 Authorization Bill, which passed the House on June 9 and is awaiting approval by the Senate before moving to the president to be signed into law. If passed, NASA will implement changes required by the law through modifications to the NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NASA FAR Supplement or NFS).

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New Management System Deployed for Agency SMA Requirements

Cradle

NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) has deployed a new requirements accessibility platform to replace the Safety and Mission Assurance Requirements Tracking System. This completes the first step in an effort to improve management and accessibility of OSMA requirements.

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Policy Updates Improve Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Program Processes

NPR 8715.7

Recent changes to NPR 8715.7, Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) Payload Safety Program, reflect new program standards and improve the overall ELV payload safety review and approval process.

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NASA’s SMA Policy Directive Revalidated With Minor Changes

Policy 8700.1E

NASA Policy Directive (NPD) 8700.1E, NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success was recently revalidated with minor changes.

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Updates Clarify Quality Assurance Requirements for NASA Contracts

Policy 8735.2B

A recent revision to NPR 8735.2B brings NASA’s government contract quality assurance requirements up to date, makes them easier to understand and potentially saves the agency money.

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Team Aligns Software Safety Standard With Today’s Best Practices

STD 8719.13C

A cross-agency team revised NASA-STD-8719.13C, bringing the standard for safety-critical software up to date with best practices in software safety design, analysis and development.

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NPR Revisions Include Changes to NASA Mishap Classifications and Investigation Boards

NPR 8621.1B

Changes to NPR 8621.1B align NASA’s mishap classifications with the Department of Defense, save agency resources, enhance the quality of mishap investigations and improve aircraft mishap data.

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Revised Software Formal Inspection Standard Addresses Technology Changes

STD 8739.9

Two working groups collaborated to update NASA-STD-8739.9 with the help of one of the nation’s leading software inspection experts.

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