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Nuclear Flight Safety Paper Details Program’s Evolution to Meet Changing Needs

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Mission Assurance Standards and Capabilities Division Matt Forsbacka and Nuclear Flight Safety Assurance Manager Don Helton recently presented their paper “Evolution of NASA’s Nuclear Flight Safety Program to Meet Changing Needs” at the 11th International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety Conference. 

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Quad-Agency Working Group Builds Beneficial Relationships Between Federal Organizations

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Representatives from NASA, the Department of the Air Force, National Transportation Safety Board, and Federal Aviation Administration form the Quad-Agency Working Group, which meets to build relationships between the organizations, allow them to learn how the others handle mishaps within their organizations and how they can work together on an investigation, should the need arise. The agencies also share best practices.

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Changes to AS9101 and AS9104-1 Will Increase AS9100 Certification Prework

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Changes to AS9101, Requirements for Conducting Audits of Aviation, Space, and Defense Quality Management Systems and to AS9104-1, Requirements for the Certification of Aviation, Space and Defense Quality Management System Certification Programs are introducing two new processes to the certification cycle for AS9100, Quality Systems – Aerospace – Model for Quality Assurance in Design, Development, Production, Installation and Servicing:  the Organization Certification Analysis Process and the Performance Based Surveillance/Recertification Process. The AS9104 series of standards describe the nature and governance of the Industry Controlled Other Party scheme used to execute and manage accreditation of certification bodies (i.e., registrars), auditors, training programs and certification of organizations to AS9100. 

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SMA Leadership Profile: Michael Hess

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The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC)NASA Safety Center, and Office of Safety and Mission Assurance all work to ensure the safety and mission success of NASA’s portfolio of programs and projects. While each has its own unique mission (see sidebar), collaboration and communication between these organizations is essential to NASA’s missions. As the new deputy director for safety for the NESC, Michael “Mike” Hess will work to strengthen the existing bridges between these organizations as the agency’s commercial partnerships and coordination with industry continue to evolve. 

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Yes, If Program

At NASA, safety is our first priority. When the possibility of something comes into question, our response should begin with, "Yes, if" instead of "No, because." Those who have exemplified this spirit of ingenuity, creativity and commitment to safety have received the "Yes, If" coin from the current chief of Safety and Mission Assurance. Recognize a NASA colleague who you believe should earn a "Yes, If" coin.


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Featured Safety Message

Lessons From Challenger

This Jan. 28, marks the 35th anniversary of the Challenger accident. The loss of the crew was a tragedy felt by their families, friends and coworkers at the agency, as well as people throughout the world.

The Challenger accident taught us tough lessons and brought forward what have become recognizable phrases: normalization of deviance, organizational silence and silent safety program.

Office of Safety and Mission Assurance

What We Do

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) assures the safety and enhances the success of all NASA activities through the development, implementation and oversight of agency-wide safety, reliability, maintainability and quality assurance policies and procedures. OSMA includes the Mission Support Division, Safety and Assurance Requirements Division, and NASA Safety Center, as well as the Independent Verification and Validation Facility.

Policy Status Updates

Recently Published

Recently Published
Policy Title Effective Date    
NPR 8705.6  Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews and Assessments Oct. 21, 2021 See NPR 8705.6  
NASA-STD-8739.1 Workmanship Standard for Polymeric Application on Electronic Assemblies Oct. 4, 2021 See NASA-STD-8739.1  
NASA-STD-8739.5 Workmanship Standard for Fiber Optic Terminations, Cable Assemblies and Installation Oct. 4, 2021 See NASA-STD-8739.5  
 NPR 8715.24 Planetary Protection Provisions for Robotic Extraterrestrial Missions Sept. 24, 2021 See NPR 8715.24  
 NPR 8705.4  Risk Classification for NASA Payloads Sept. 17, 2021 See NPR 8705.4  
NPD 8730.5 NASA Quality Assurance Program Policy Sept. 10, 2021    
NPR 8621.1 NASA Procedural Requirements for Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating and Recordkeeping March 4, 2021 See NPR 8621.1  
NASA-STD-8719.26 NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Non-Code Metallic Pressure Vessels May 11, 2021 See NASA-STD-8719.26  
NASA-STD-8739.5 Workmanship Standard for Fiber Optic Terminations, Cable Assemblies and Installation July 9, 2021 See NASA-STD-8739.5  
NASA-STD 8719.25  Range Flight Safety Requirements May 24, 2021 See NASA-STD 8719.25  
NASA-STD 8719.7  Facility System Safety Guidebook March 30, 2021    
NASA- STD 8709.20 Management of Safety and Mission Assurance Technical Authority (SMA TA) Requirements April 12, 2021 See NASA- STD 8709.20  
NPR 8715.1B NASA Safety and Health Programs Feb. 1, 2021 See NPR 8715.1B  
NASA-STD 8719.12  Safety Standard for Explosives, Propellants and Pyrotechnics March 18, 2021 See NASA-STD-8719.12  
 NPR 8735.2 Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects March 15, 2021 See NPR 8735.2  
 NPR 8715.3 General Safety Program Requirements April 13, 2021 See NPR 8715.3  
NASA-STD 8739.12  Metrology & Calibration April 7, 2021 See NASA-STD 8739.12  
NPR 8705.6E  Safety and Mission Assurance Audits, Reviews and Assessments March 11, 2021 See NPR 8705.6E  
NASA-STD 8739.6B Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards Feb. 4, 2021 See NASA-STD 8739.6B  
NPR 8715.7B NASA Payload Safety Program March 4, 2021 See NPR 8715.7B  
NASA STD-8719.11B Standard for Fire Protection and Life Safety Feb. 24, 2021 See NASA-STD-8719.11B  
 NPD 8710.5 Policy for Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems Feb. 1, 2021    
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Currently in Review

Currently in Review
Policy Title  
NASA-STD-8719.14  Process for Limiting Orbital Debris See NASA-STD-8719.14
 NPR 8735.2 Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects See NPR 8735.2
NASA-STD-8739.4 Workmanship Standard for Crimping Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses and Wiring See NASA-STD-8739.4
 NPR 8715.3  General Safety Program Requirements See NPR 8715.3
NPR 8000.4 Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirement See NPR 8000.4
 NPR XXXX.X  Nuclear Flight Safety  
NASA-STD-8719.24B Annex Annex to NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Requirements See NASA-STD-8719.24B
NASA-STD-8719.24A NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Payload Safety Requirements  
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Upcoming Reviews

Upcoming Reviews To see that latest draft of a policy or participate in a review, please send us a request.
Policy Title  
 NPR 8705.5 Technical Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) Procedures for Safety and Mission Success for NASA Programs and Projects See NPR 8715.6
 NPR 8705.2  Human-Rating Requirements for Space Systems See NPR 8705.2
NASA-STD-87xxPP Planetary Protection Standard  
 NPR 8715.1 NASA Safety and Health Programs See NPR 8715.1
NASA-STD-8739.12  Metrology and Calibration See NASA-STD-8739.12
NPR 8715.6 NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris and Evaluating the Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Environments See NPR 8715.6
NPD 8700.1 NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success See NPD 8700.1
NASA-STD 8719.17 NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (VPS)  
NASA-STD 8709.20 Management of Safety and Mission Assurance Technical Authority (SMA TA) Requirements See NASA-STD 8709.20
NASA-STD-8719.9  Lifting Standard See NASA-STD-8719.9
NASA-STD 8739.11 EEE Parts Selection, Screening, Qualification & Derating
NPD 8730.2 NASA Parts Policy See NPD 8730.2
NPD 8720.1 NASA Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Program Policy See NPD 8720.1
NASA-STD 87xx Wind Tunnel Model Systems Criteria  
NID 8715.xx Safety Policy Regarding Hazardous Chemicals
NASA-STD-8739.10 Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts Assurance Standard See NASA-STD-8739.10
NPR 8735.1 Exchange of Problem Data Using NASA Advisories and the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) See NPR 8735.1
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