• MCWG Holds Hybrid Technical Interchange Meeting

    The Metrology and Calibration (MetCal) Working Group (MCWG) held its annual Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) April 25-28, 2022, at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Agency MetCal representatives, calibration laboratory managers, metrologists and other experts from associated fields across all of NASA’s 10 field centers, and two component centers, met in-person and virtually at this hybrid event to discuss technical challenges, best practices and improvements related to the agency’s MetCal program. 

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  • NASA’s Continued Use of PJVS for Calibrations Ensures Peak Accuracy

    NASA uses the Programmable Josephson Voltage Standard (PJVS) to ensure the agency’s calibrations include the most accurate voltage measurement with the lowest measurement uncertainty possible. 

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  • Training for Metrologists and Calibration Professionals

    Fluke Calibration recently announced a new educational center for free online training aimed at metrologists and calibration professionals. 

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  • UK National Measurement Institute Offers Free e-Learning

    The U.K.’s National Measurement Institute — National Physics Lab (NPL) — recently made its full suite of e-Learning training courses available for free through June 30, 2020. According to the NPL website, this was in acknowledgement that “Operating remotely and working from home has become a new reality for many and employers, employees and students alike are all looking for ways to adapt.”

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  • MetCal Releases New SATERN Course

    The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance’s Metrology and Calibration (MetCal) Program recently released “Handling, Transport, Storage, & Shipping of Measuring & Test Equipment” in SATERN. This one-hour course provides an overview of the proper physical handling, transporting, storing and shipping of Measuring and Test Equipment to help ensure it will continue to meet its accuracy specifications.

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Metrology and Calibration Program Executive

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Metrology and Calibration Working Group

The Metrology and Calibration Working Group (MCWG) was established in accordance with the provisions of NPD 8730.1, Metrology and Calibration, to provide a forum to promote agency-wide standardization and cooperative action on problems of management, coordination and operation of NASA center Metrology and Calibration programs. The MCWG is comprised of representatives from each of the NASA centers.

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SATERN Courses

Course Title Course Number Buttons
4:1 Test Accuracy Ratio for Compliance with ANSI/NCSL Z540.1-1994 (R2002) Sub-Clause 10.2 B
SMA-HQ-WBT-217 SMA-HQ-WBT-217 Details
Handling, Transport, Storage, & Shipping of Measuring & Test Equipment
SMA-HQ-WBT-107 Details
More Than a Sticker: The Importance of Calibrating Measuring and Test Equipment SMA-HQ-WBT-106 SMA-HQ-WBT-106 Details
Measurement Decision Risk SMA-QE-WBT-343 SMA-QE-WBT-343 Details
Measurement Uncertainty Analysis SMA-QE-WBT-342 SMA-QE-WBT-342 Details
Metrology and the Consequences of Bad Measurement Decisions SMA-QE-WBT-148 SMA-QE-WBT-148 Details
NASA Metrology and Calibration Program Requirements Overview SMA-HQ-WBT-103 SMA-HQ-WBT-103 Details
Programmable Josephson Voltage Standard (PJVS)
SMA-HQ-WBT-102 Details

Policy and Guidance


Policy Title Buttons Buttons
NPR 8735.2 Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects  NPR-8735.2 Details See NPR 8735.2
NASA-STD-8739.12 Metrology and Calibration NASA-STD-8739.12 Details See NASA-STD-8739.12
NASA-HDBK-8739.19-2 NASA Measurement Quality Assurance Handbook, Annex 2 NASA-HDBK-8739.19-2 Details See NASA-HDBK-8739.19-2
NASA-HDBK-8739.19-3 NASA Measurement Quality Assurance Handbook, Annex 3 NASA-HDBK-8739.19-3 Details See NASA-HDBK-8739.19-3
NASA-HDBK-8739.19-4 NASA Measurement Quality Assurance Handbook, Annex 4 NASA-HDBK-8739.19-4 Details See NASA-HDBK-8739.19-4

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