SARD

Safety and Assurance Requirements Division

The Safety and Assurance Requirements Division monitors, anticipates, promotes, and actively maintains and improves the health of Safety and Mission Assurance discipline areas.

Who We Are

The Safety and Assurance Requirements Division consists of Safety and Mission Assurance discipline experts within the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance tasked with providing the agency with policy and technical guidance and advice.

What We Do

The Safety and Assurance Requirements Division (SARD) ensures that

  • Directives, standards and related guidance are clear, current and consistent across disciplines
  • Adequate knowledge, tools, methods and facilities are available to address current and future test, experiment and analysis needs
  • Resources exist to ensure the competence and promote technical excellence of personnel
  • Stakeholders are properly informed about matters related to the discipline
  • Effective insight, oversight and assurance of center-level activities are in place
  • Effective support of institution and program-level activities and cross-center collaborations are in place
  • Technical objectives and requirements are routinely satisfied by programs and institutions

SARD works hard to maintain NASA's Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) capabilities as the agency moves toward new missions (e.g., deep space exploration, small spacecraft technology development and unmanned aerial vehicles), new acquisition models (e.g., increased use of Space Act Agreements and reduced oversight), new engineering practices (e.g., agile software development, use of commercial-grade parts, model-based systems engineering) and new technological advances (e.g., additive manufacturing/3-D printing).

For example, SARD

  • Reviews and updates the agency-level SMA (8700-series) standards and directives (NPRs and NPDs)
  • Develops training materials, handbooks and other guidance materials on topics such as System Safety, Risk Management and Orbital Debris (OD)
  • Reviews projects for proper consideration of SMA concerns related to areas such as Payload Safety, contingency planning, OD and Nuclear Flight Safety
  • Manages NASA's Mishap Investigation Program and conducts Safety Culture assessments

Mission

The Safety and Assurance Requirements Division (SARD) fosters and continually advances the state of NASA’s Safety and Mission Assurance through the development and promulgation of policy, standards, guidance, technical knowledge and capabilities.

Vision

It is SARD’s vision to bring about the necessary conditions to ensure that NASA programs and institutions consider safety and mission success in an active, integrated and cost-effective manner through recognized and mission-oriented technical leadership, collaboration, and an objectives-driven and risk-informed mindset.

People

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Frank J. Groen

Safety and Assurance Requirements Division Director

Dr. Frank J. Groen is the director of the Safety and Assurance Requirements Division within NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.

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