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New EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available

EEE Parts Bulletin

The most recent EEE Parts Bulletin provides information on activities related to Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) parts that occurred at NASA between June and July 2017. 

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Printed Circuit Board Assessments at NASA Drive Update to Industry Standard

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Multi-disciplinary physics-of-failure testing and simulations conducted on Printed Circuit Boards at Goddard Space Flight Center recently resulted in an industry standard update, which will lead to cost savings not only for NASA but for the electronics industry in general.

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EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available

EEE Parts Bulletin

The latest EEE Parts Bulletin is the second of two special editions on Electrostatic Discharge.

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Updates to NASA-STD-8739.6

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The NASA Workmanship Standards Program coordinated an administrative change to NASA-STD-8739.6A, Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards. The primary reason for the change is to formally adopt IPC/WHMA-A-620B-S, Space Applications Electronic Hardware Addendum to IPC/WHMA-A-620B as an equivalent, alternative standard to NASA-STD-8739.4, Workmanship Standard for Crimping, Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses, and Wiring.  

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NASA Educates AAQ Community on SMA of SmallSats and CubeSats

SmallSats

Doug Sheldon, Assurance Technology Program Office manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, recently presented to the Academy of Aerospace Quality (ASQ) on the evolution of Safety and Mission Assurance approaches for SmallSat and CubeSat missions. 

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NASA Collaborates to Progress AM Efforts Both Nationally and Internationally

Additive Manufacturing

These days 3-D printing is a fairly well-known concept, but in the design and Quality Assurance worlds, 3-D printing — aka Additive Manufacturing (AM) — is still in its infancy. There aren’t many policies guiding AM efforts at NASA, other government organizations or in industry, but the AM community is working hard to change that.

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NDE Program’s Generazio Earns NASA Distinguished Service Medal

Generazio Receives Award

In late June, Dr. Ed Generazio, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) program manager, received a NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his exemplary work in NDE for the agency.

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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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Evaluation of Additively Manufactured Metals for Use in Oxygen Systems

Manufactured Metal

NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance’s Nondestructive Evaluation program is leading a variety of agency initiatives to ensure the successful qualification of Additive Manufacturing products for deployment on future NASA missions.

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Goddard Develops Risk-Based Approach to Using Inherited Components

Inherited Parts

Over the last seven years, Goddard Space Flight Center has experienced a massive increase in the use of inherited components, including flight-printed wiring assemblies.

An inherited component is one that either already exists or is built-to-print from an existing design. If these parts aren’t designed, manufactured, inspected, tested and delivered acceptably, they pose an elevated risk to missions.

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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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NASA-Sponsored Quality Leadership Forum Holds Annual Meeting

QLF

The 2016 Quality Leadership Forum, sponsored by NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, took place in March in Cape Canaveral, Florida. One hundred and forty five attendees from NASA and other government agencies, as well as suppliers and distributors, discussed a wide range of topics that provided insight into Quality lessons learned, risks, best practices and updates to industry standards.

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OSMA’S NDE Program Granted Patent

Electric Field Imaging

The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) program a patent for its Electric Field Quantitative Measurement System and Method. The patent covers both the Electric Field Imaging sensor and the methods developed by Edward Generazio, NDE program manager.

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OSMA’s NDE Program Published Capabilities Data Book

NDE Data Book

NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) program recently published a Technical Manual, NASA DOEPOD [Design of Experiments for Probability of Detection] NDE Capabilities Data Book.

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OSMA NDE Program’s Jess Waller Receives Prestigious ASTM Award

Congratulations to Jess Waller

Dr. Jess Waller, material scientist at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility with Jacobs Technology Inc., received the 2015 Robert J. Painter Memorial Award for Meritorious Service from ASTM International and the Society for Standards Professionals for his significant contributions to standards over the last year. Waller, part of the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance’s (OSMA) Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) program, was chosen for this award out of ASTM’s approximately 32,000 members. 

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NASA’s NDE Program Leads Standard Development for COPVs

COPV

Members of NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Working Group, along with the American Society for Testing and Materials, collaborated in the development of voluntary consensus standards for NDE of flat-panel polymer matrix composites as well as thin-walled metallic liners and overwraps in composite overwrapped pressure vessels. Before this effort, there were no comprehensive standards for NDE in these areas.

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OSMA's NDE Program Presents on Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

Since last December, representatives from NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance’s Nondestructive Evaluation program have provided presentations to various audiences that highlighted their efforts and new ventures related to Additive Manufacturing. 

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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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Introducing the NASA Advisory Reporting System (NARS)

NARS

NASA’s new system changes how the agency generates and searches for NASA Advisories.  

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Metrology and Calibration Working Group Develops Agency-Wide Capabilities Database

Metrology and Calibration Database

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. 

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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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NASA Explores NDE Options for Evaluating Additively Manufactured Parts

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

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

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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Space Addendum Adds Quality Requirements to Industry ESD Standard

ESD

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. 

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NASA Invests in Additive Manufacturing Technologies

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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Ruminations, Myths and Unreliable Facts

Ruminations, Myths and Unreliable Facts

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.

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OSMA Holds Quality Benchmarking Meeting at Ball Aerospace

Benchmarking Meeting at Ball

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.

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Metrology and Calibration Program’s Equipment Repurposing Efforts Save Millions

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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New EEE Parts Bulletin

 EEE Parts Bulletin

The EEE Parts Bulletin for June-August 2014 is now available.

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Workmanship Program Provides Online FAQs and Status Updates

Workmanship Program FAQ

NASA provides answers to frequently asked questions about the NASA Workmanship Program and associated standards.

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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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GIDEP Helps You to “Know Your Part”

GIDEP

The Government-Industry Data Exchange Program’s “Know Your Part” campaign promotes this valuable tool to NASA engineers and procurement professionals to ensure that we use the best parts on our spacecraft and technology.

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Stennis Uses Six Sigma Principles to Streamline Audit Processes

SSC Six Sigma Audits

Stennis Space Center applied Six Sigma principles to integrate and improve audit processes.

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A Look Inside the 2014 Metrology and Calibration Working Group Meeting

Working Groups: Metrology and Calibration

Metrology and calibration representatives from across the agency gathered at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, May 5-10 for the 2014 annual NASA Metrology and Calibration Working Group meeting.

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First 2014 EEE Parts Bulletin Now Available

 EEE Parts Bulletin

Find out what NASA's Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical community has been up to so far this year in the EEE Parts Bulletin for January-May 2014.

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Safety Message: Multi-Billion Dollar Deception

Safety Message: Counterfeit Parts

Listen to Steve Foster, acting chief of Armstrong Flight Research Center's Quality Assurance Branch, present the May Safety Message on counterfeit parts.

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Class Y: A New Class of Microcircuits for Space and Military

Class Y

The Defense Logistics Agency, in cooperation with NASA, other government agencies and industry, has introduced a new classification of microcircuits, which will allow the incorporation of new and emerging technologies into military and civilian space systems.

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Ames Research Center’s MAS Platform Is Used by ISS

ISS Mission Assurance System

Ames Research Center's Mission Assurance System helps safety engineers assess and control risk both on earth and aboard the International Space Station.

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OSMA Holds Benchmarking Visits With Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne

Benchmarking Initiative

NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance held benchmarking visits last fall with two of its prime contractors, The Boeing Company and Aerojet Rocketdyne, to learn about techniques and practices that have proven successful for assuring quality.

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University of Connecticut Releases Paper on Counterfeit Integrated Circuits

Counterfeit Integrated Circuits

The University of Connecticut has released a paper on detecting and avoiding counterfeit integrated circuits, published in the Journal of Electronic Testing: Theory and Applications. The paper has valuable information for NASA and the space community.

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The Latest EEE Parts Bulletin Is Now Available

 EEE Parts Bulletin

The most recent EEE Parts Bulletin provides information on activities related to Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical parts that occurred at NASA between August and December 2013.

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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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Checking In With the Metrology and Calibration Working Group

Working Groups: Metrology and Calibration

The Metrology and Calibration Working Group held its annual meeting Aug. 13 through 15 at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. The annual meeting is an opportunity for members of the metrology and calibration community to meet face-to-face.

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