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Evolution of NASA’s Nuclear Flight Safety Program to Meet Changing NeedsOver the past 4 years, the United States (U.S.) Government has issued several new National policies that fundamentally change the approach to nuclear flight safety for aerospace applications, including the complete revision of the Federal policy for handling launch of spacecraft containing space nuclear systems. In response, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is updating its nuclear flight safety program while still maintaining consistency with other Federal policies, international conventions, and NASA’s own policies. To achieve this evolution, NASA is factoring in an objectives-driven and assurance case mindset to develop a risk-informed and performance-based program. NASA and others have successfully applied this mindset in other disciplines and contexts and it is being pursued here via broad cooperation within NASA and with external stakeholders. This paper will briefly describe how the NASA nuclear flight safety program is evolving to meet these changing needs.
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Conference Paper
Matthew J Forsbacka
(National Aeronautics and Space Administration Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States)
Donald M Helton
(National Aeronautics and Space Administration Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2021
Subject Category
Space Transportation And Safety
Meeting Information
Meeting: 11th IAASS Conference
Location: Washington, DC
Country: US
Start Date: October 19, 2021
End Date: October 21, 2021
Sponsors: International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Technical Review
NASA Technical Management
Space Policy Directive
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