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NASA Updates the NASA Mission Safety and Success Requirements Tailoring Process

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NASA updated its process for tailoring agency-level mission safety and mission success requirements, found in NPR 8715.3, NASA General Safety Program Requirements, Section 1.3, Relief from Agency-level SMA Requirements. Previously, they were documented in the now cancelled NASA-STD-8709.20, Management of Safety and Mission Assurance Technical Authority (TA) Requirements, in addition to the NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR).  

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December 2021 Issue of ODQN Now Available

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The latest issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News (ODQN) is now available. This December 2021 issue includes the articles "Accidental Collision of YunHai 1-02," "Updated NASA Technical Standard for Limiting Orbital Debris" and "Experimental Hypervelocity Impacts of Non-Spherical Projectiles on Whipple Shields." 

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NASA Employee Plans Retirement 3 Years in Advance, Leads Successful Knowledge Transfer

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For years, Jean-Marie Lauenstein has been the sole Subject Matter Expert in Silicon Carbide Wide Band Gap Power Device Radiation Hardness Assurance, which is critical to the advancement of technology within NASA. Because of this, Lauenstein had to be more forward-thinking when planning her retirement. She provided her three-year retirement notice in 2018, giving both herself and the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging Program managers enough time to prepare to transfer knowledge and find a reliable replacement. 

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Monette Receives Yes, If Coin for Promoting Safety Culture, Leading by Example

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Kevin Monette, NASA safety specialist at the Kennedy Space Center’s Resident Office at Vandenberg Space Force Base, was recognized as a “Yes, If” coin recipient on Oct. 18, 2021, for his constant commitment to safety on Launch Services Program missions.

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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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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 8735.2 Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects Nov. 22, 2021 See NPR 8753.2  
NASA-STD-8719.14
Process for Limiting Orbital Debris
Nov. 5, 2021 See NASA-STD-8719.14  
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-8719.9 Lifting Standard See NASA-STD-8719.9
NASA-STD-8719.17 NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS)  
NASA-STD-87XX.PP Planetary Protection Standard  
NID 8715.XX Safety Policy Regarding Hazardous Chemicals Storage  
NPR 8715.1 NASA Safety and Health Programs See NASA-STD-8739.12
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-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 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
Storage
 
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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