Revised Range Flight Safety Course for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Now Available

Revised Range Flight Safety Course for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Now Available

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The NASA Range Flight Safety Program, with support from the NASA Safety Center (NSC), recently released an update to ”UAS Range Flight Safety” (SMA-AS-WBT-300), which is now available in SATERN. The course provides a fundamental understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and requirements essential to performing NASA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations, as they relate to Range Flight Safety. 

“The updated course offers expanded coverage of Range Safety Officer (RSO) and day-of-flight activities,” said Brenda Wall, Range Flight Safety engineer with Safety and Mission Assurance Support Services IV at Kennedy Space Center. “It also addresses the paths available to NASA to authorize UAS flights in special-use airspace and the National Airspace System, including FAA 14 CFR Part 107 — Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.”

This five-hour, web-based course incorporates roughly 450 slides, 21 videos and three demonstrated exercises, along with substantial supporting materials to define and discuss the major elements of Range Flight Safety including policy and requirements, flight safety analysis, flight safety systems, and range flight operations for NASA UAS. 

Soon, this revised course will replace the in-person Range Flight Safety Operations training course required for UAS RSO’s per NASA-STD-8719.25.

Removal of the Range Flight Safety Operations course training requirement for UAS RSOs will realize time and cost savings for the government and also eliminate scheduling hurdles due to the Operations course being dependent on the availability of range safety consoles at Wallops Flight Facility.

“We are continuing to redevelop our courses to take advantage of the tools we now have at our disposal for improved virtual learning.”, said Chuck Loftin, NASA Range Flight Safety program manager. “Not only does this approach benefit the agency from funding and manpower efficiency perspectives, it also benefits learners, who will no longer be required to travel.”

Questions about the course can be directed to Loftin or Wall.


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

Course Title Course Number Buttons
Range Flight Safety Operations GSFC-RFSO GSFC-RFSO Details

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 

Related Documents

NASA Range Flight Safety is an integral part of the wider range safety technical community including the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Defense and industry. Explore related documents from these organizations via the links provided. 

NASA Documents Air Force/DoD Documents FAA Documents

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
U.S. Spaceports DoD Ranges Foreign Launch Sites