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NASA Langley's Floating Ultrasonic Transducer for Nondestructive Evaluation Webinar

If your business relies on ultrasonic testing, you should know about an advanced ultrasonic evaluation system invented at NASA Langley Research Center. Although most ultrasonic scanners need a coupling agent to make a good contact, Langley’s Floating Ultrasonic Transducer doesn't. The transducer “floats” across the surface being tested with less force than other similar systems. (Video Credit: NASA Langley's Technology Gateway)

Flash Infrared Thermography and NASA Technology Licensing Opportunities

Researchers at the NASA Johnson Space Center developed and refined Flash Infrared Thermography as a means of Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE). NASA’s innovative technology offers three complementary contrast tools that provide characterization of flaws and anomalies in nonmetallic composite structures using flash infrared thermography. The method can detect smaller flaws and provide quantitative and qualitative information about the shape, size, depth and location of anomalies. NASA’s designed methods assist the operator in defining the boundaries of flaws. For industries interested in NDE of composite materials — this technology can be integrated with existing infrared thermography hardware systems. (Video Credit: NASA Johnson)


In this Knowledge Byte, Safety and Mission Success Review (SMSR) Program Manager Eric Raynor discusses the purpose and importance of a SMSR. Learn how NASA performs a SMSR, who is involved in the process and why it's important to the agency.

Providing a Culture That Encourages the Expression of Opinions

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Steve Shih, associate administrator of NASA’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, speaks to the importance of providing a culture that encourages the sharing of different perspectives, concerns and ideas without fear of retaliation.

Cobalt-60 Source Reload

Safety Message

While national interest is focused on Moon 2024 and commercial crew testing, our duty of care to protect the public and our employees from terrestrial research hazards has not diminished. In the domain of radiation testing for spaceflight components, our Radiation Safety Officers work hard to provide “yes, if” controls to use radiation sources safely on a regular basis. Presented by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, this is a success story of control over Cobalt-60 pellets used to impose a Total Ionizing Dose on Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical parts.

Mining the FEVS

Safety Message

As many of you have heard me say, I believe that taking care of your people is essential to success. I’ve told the story that in the U.S. Marine Corps, all leaders are asked to do two things: accomplish the mission and take care of your people. Usually, this is followed with “If you do No. 2, your people will take care of No. 1.”

An important part of taking care of your people and accomplishing your mission, is ensuring, throughout your organization, people feel comfortable speaking up, without fear of reprisal. We have seen first-hand the effects fear of reprisal can have on a culture, as it was a theme for both the Challenger and Columbia mishaps, and we need to ensure that we’ve learned from our past and cultivate an environment where speaking up is not just accepted, but applauded. We also need to look at the ways we engage and include all members of the NASA family.

I encourage you to review all the data available in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and consider how you can enact positive change at every level in your organization to create an open, safe environment for everyone.

An Astronaut's Perspective on NDE

Astronaut Steve Bowen discusses Nondestructive Evaluation and material analysis for space and undersea.

NASA-STD-8739.6 Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards

This video provides an orientation to NASA-STD-8739.6, Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards, including a recap on applicability, order of precedence and training centers.

Do Deliberate Leadership Values Matter?

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For the success of our programs and projects and the safety of our people, it is essential that the lessons of Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia guide our actions every day. It’s also important that we set aside time every year to remember those lost in these tragic accidents; this year’s Day of Remembrance is Feb. 7, 2019. One way we can learn from these accidents is to share not only NASA’s lessons learned, but also our personal lessons learned. 

This month, an inspirational TED Talk by former NASA Director of Mission Operations Paul Hill reminds us as managers and leaders to be “deliberate.” This means to be thorough when balancing our management of cost, schedule, technical and safety risk. He discusses the role leadership, values and culture have in enabling NASA to meet our mission, and what happens when we lose sight of those values and allow our culture to drift. It’s necessary to use the same commitment to excellence that we used as employees before becoming managers and inspire the organization to commit to the values that make it great.

Helping Hands

In this video, NASA’s Gerry Schumann and Mike Ciannilli share personal stories of the people they met during their time supporting the Columbia search efforts.

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