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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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Updates to NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris

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An update to the NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris and Evaluating the Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Environment (NPR 8715.6B) was released on February 16, 2017. NPR 8715.6B replaces the previous version, NPR 8715.6A with Change 1, which was released on  May 25, 2012.

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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

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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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NID 8000-108 Replaces NPR 8000.4A

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Effective Oct. 24, 2016, NID 8000-108, Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirements, replaced NPR 8000.4A, same title, for at least a 12-month period with implementation to begin immediately.
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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

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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

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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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Updates to Policy on Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating and Recordkeeping Improve Investigation Process

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Changes to NPR 8621.1, Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating, and Recordkeeping went into effect on May 19, 2016. These updates affect NASA’s process for endorsing and releasing mishap reports following incidents.

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Updated Complex Electronics Assurance Handbook Works in Partnership With Engineering Handbook

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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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NASA Safety Culture Handbook Is Now Available

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NASA-HDBK-8709.24, NASA Safety Culture Handbook is now available. The handbook, which was a collaborative effort from the Safety Culture Working Group, contains information on the NASA Safety Culture Program, the Safety Culture Model, the Safety Culture Survey process, and provides guidance on the development and implementation of Safety Culture at the center level.

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ELV Payload Safety Standard Updated to Coincide With Previous NPR Changes

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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

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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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Streamlined Lifting Standard Reduces Redundancy and Clarifies Processes

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Updates to NASA-STD-8719.9, Lifting Standard reduce redundancy and clarify Lifting Devices and Equipment processes.

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Introducing the NASA Advisory Reporting System (NARS)

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

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

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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

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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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Streamlined Lifting Standard Will Be Easier to Use and Follow

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The revised NASA-STD-8719.9, Lifting Standard — formerly Standard for Lifting Devices and Equipment — is currently in review. The new version has been updated and streamlined for clarity and ease of use.

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Managing the Growing Popularity of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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As more NASA programs and projects begin using Unmanned Aircraft Systems to achieve their missions, the agency must carefully implement policies and controls to ensure safety.

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OSMA Introduces New Objectives-Based Strategies

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The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance introduces a new objectives-based approach to better support NASA’s increasingly complex missions in a changing design environment.

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Space Addendum Adds Quality Requirements to Industry ESD Standard

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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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DoD Passed Counterfeit Rule, Is NASA Next?

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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

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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

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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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Updates Clarify Quality Assurance Requirements for NASA Contracts

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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

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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

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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

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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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