• Updated Range Flight Safety Course Improves Training Experience

    The NASA Range Flight Safety Program, with support from the NASA Safety Center, recently released an update to “Range Flight Safety Analysis” (SMA-AS-WBT-435), available in SATERN. The new training includes recent policy changes, updated materials and the new Federal Aviation Administration Code of Federal Regulations Part 450 requirements. It also converts previous in-class exercises to instructor-led demonstrations.

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  • New UAS Course Teaches Range Flight Safety Aspects of Use

    NASA’s Range Flight Safety program recently released “UAS Range Flight Safety” (SMA-AS-WBT-300) to address the Range Flight Safety aspects of flying Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) at NASA. 

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  • Langley UAS Operations Office Awarded for Safety Oversight

    For the second straight year, XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) awarded first place in its Operations and Safety Organization category to NASA Langley Research Center’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Office. The award recognizes the office’s overall safety and oversight of all UAS operations at Langley.

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  • Range Flight Safety Program Updates Two Training Courses

    NASA’s Range Flight Safety program recently released updates to two of its existing training courses: “Range Flight Safety Orientation - Web-Based” (SMA-AS-WBT-410) and “Flight Safety Systems” (SMA-AS-WBT-335). Both courses, found in SATERN, were updated to reflect recent policy changes within the program and also to shift away from videos of instructor-led courses that were hard to update as minor changes occurred within the discipline.

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  • Range Flight Safety Program Updates NPR and Creates New Standard

    The NASA Range Flight Safety Program updated NPR 8715.5, Range Flight Safety Program and released the newly created NASA-STD-8719.25, Range Flight Safety Requirements, which went into effect on Feb .2 and Feb. 5, respectively. The creation of the standard and subsequent changes to the NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) support an agency effort to ensure NPRs focus on policy and process, while standards contain technical requirements.

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Chuck Loftin

Range Flight Safety Program Manager

Learn more about Range Flight Safety Program Manager Chuck Loftin.

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Sandra Hudson

Range Flight Safety Program Executive

Learn more about Range Flight Safety Program Executive Sandra Hudson.

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Points of Contact

For details on contacting a Range Flight Safety Point of Contact (PoC), click below.

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Objectives Hierarchy

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) has introduced a new objectives-based approach to better support NASA’s increasingly complex missions in a changing design environment. By focusing on objectives, OSMA hopes that the new standards will be more flexible, agile and cost-effective, and will allow more ingenuity to achieve objectives. It will serve as a guide to help programs and projects plan how they will meet their objectives, instead of dictating what they must do to via prescriptive requirements. Read the article, "OSMA Introduces New Objectives-Based Strategies," to learn more about objective hierarchies.

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SATERN Courses

Course Title Course Number Buttons
Flight Safety Systems SMA-AS-WBT-335 SMA-AS-WBT-335 Details
Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems With a Focus on Range Flight Safety SMA-NSC-WEBEV-044 SMA-NSC-WEBEV-044 Details
Range Flight Safety Analysis Course SMA-AS-WBT-435 SMA-AS-WBT-435 Details
Range Flight Safety Orientation SMA-AS-WBT-410 SMA-AS-WBT-410 Details
UAS Range Flight Safety SMA-AS-WBT-300
SMA-AS-WBT-300 Details

Instructor-Led Courses

Range Flight Safety Operations GSFC-RFSO

This introductory course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the Range Safety Officer or Flight Safety Officer during Range Flight Safety activities and real-time support including pre-launch/flight, launch/flight and recovery/landing for NASA Sounding Rocket, Unmanned Aircraft System and Expendable Launch Vehicle operations.


Policy and Guidance


NPR 8715.5 Range Flight Safety Program

This policy defines the agency Range Flight Safety Program and provides for implementation of NPD 8700.1, NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success regarding the protection of the public, workforce and property during range operations associated with flight.

See NPR 8715.5
NASA-STD-8719.25 Range Flight Safety Requirements

This standard provides the technical requirements for NPR 8715.5, Range Flight Safety Program in regards to protection of the public, NASA workforce and property as it pertains to risk analysis, Flight Safety Systems and range flight operations.

See NASA-STD 8719.25 


At least twice a year, the Range Flight Safety program manager releases a report that

  1. Describes the activities at various NASA ranges that are relevant to NASA civil service personnel, contractors and providers
  2. Provides accurate and actionable responses to the annual Office of Safety and Mission Assurance survey of program and discipline health

Previously, the Range Flight Safety program published an Annual Report funded by the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. The report was an overview of NASA Range Safety for current and potential range users. You can find an archive of the Annual Reports below.

View Annual Reports Archive

NASA Range and Launch Site Locations

NASA has four range and launch site locations:

  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Wallops Flight Center
  • Armstrong Flight Research Center
  • Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base
NASA Range and Launch Site Locations