Tom Frattin

Payload Safety Program Manager 


Sandra Hudson

Payload Safety Program Executive

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Points of Contact

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Payload Safety Working Group

“NASA payload missions involve various combinations of payload organizations, payload contractors, launch vehicles, payload processing sites, and launch sites. To address this situation, a key aspect of the safety review process is the establishment of a unique PSWG [Payload Safety Working Group] for each payload.

“Each PSWG and its required activities are designed to ensure the appropriate involvement and coordination of all organizations and stakeholders that support the associated mission and share safety responsibility for the mission (internal and external to the Agency)."

NASA Procedural Requirements 8715.7B


SATERN Courses

NASA ELV Payload Safety Program Overview of NPR 8715.7 SMA-070-01

Provides important training for anyone joining the Payload Safety discipline. Specifically, the course is intended for NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) payload project managers, project engineers, system engineers, system safety engineers, Payload Safety Working Group members, launch site integration managers and others involved in payload safety. Eventually, the course also will become a part of the Safety and Mission Assurance Technical Excellence Program.

SMA-070-01 Details Launch SATERN
Overview of Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Requirements: NASA-STD 8719.24 SMA-HQ-WBT-206

This course is designed to improve the learner’s ability to understand and navigate NASA-STD-8719.24. Topics include overviews of NASA-STD 8719.24; payload and spacecraft subsystems; identifying, documenting, and abating hazards; specialty topics; Volume 6 — Payload Processing Safety; and beyond payload safety requirements. Specialty topics include non-ionizing and ionizing radiation; batteries; adverse weather; ordnance; material handling and lifting devices; plastic films, foams, and adhesives; special case missions; pressurized systems; software; inhibits; and Hazardous materials. 

SMA-HQ-WBT-206 Details Launch SATERN
Safety Guidance for Payloads SMA-HQ-WBT-104

The purpose of this course is to provide Payload Safety guidance for NASA’s payloads that are launched on a non-crewed vehicle into orbit and do not interface with the ISS. The focus is on the safety process for various types of special-case payloads in proportion to the mission hazards.

SMA-HQ-WBT-104 Details Launch SATERN

Policy and Guidance


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NPR 8715.7
Payload Safety Program
NPR 8715.7 Details See NPR 8715.7
NASA Payload Safety Requirements
NASA-STD-8719-24 Details See NASA-STD-8719.24
Annex to NASA-STD-8719.24 (Excel) Annex to NASA -STD-8719.24 NASA Payload Safety Requirements (Excel) NASA-STD-8719-24 Details See NASA-STD-871924 (Excel)

NASA Payload Program NPRs and NSTDs are also available on the NASA Online Directives Information System (NODIS) and NASA Technical Standards System (NTSS).


Available forms include four required by NASA-STD-8719.24, NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Requirements:

NASA Payload Program Forms are also available on NASA Electronic Forms.