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Some of our projects

NASA HQ - Risk Management and System Safety Guides and Handbooks
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1. Supported the revision of NPR 8000.4A, “Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirements,” published Dec. 16, 2008. This revision was the first to include Risk-Informed Decision Making (RIDM) as the new front-end of NASA risk management, while retaining NASA’s traditional version of Risk Management, called Continuous Risk Management (CRM), as the back-end for managing the risks associated with the implementation of the alternative(s) selected under RIDM.
2. Supported as a “Contributing Author,” the development of the “NASA Risk-Informed Decision Making Handbook,” NASA/SP-2010-576, published in April 2010. This handbook provided a concise description of RIDM and the key areas of the RIDM process.
3. Supported as a “Contributing Author,” the development of the “NASA Risk Management Handbook,” NASA/SP-2011-3422, published November 2011. This handbook combines the material from the RIDM Handbook with expanded material on an enhanced version of CRM designed to interface with RIDM.
4. Supported as an “Additional Contributor,” the development of the first “NASA System Safety Handbook, Volume 1, System Safety Framework and Concepts for Implementation,” NASA/SP-210-580, published November 2011. This handbook presented a new framework and process for the implementation of System Safety in NASA that is in close coordination with Systems Engineering and Risk Management.
5. Supported as an “Additional Contributor,” the development of the second edition of the “Probabilistic Risk Assessment Procedures Guide for NASA Managers and Practitioners,” NASA/SP-2011-3421, published December 2011. This edition included new material, including a new chapter on Launch Abort Models.
6. Supported the development and presentation of System Safety and Risk Management training courses based on the new System Safety Handbook, Volumes 1 and 2 (draft), and the Risk Management Handbook, respectively.
7. Supported the development of a draft “System Safety Standard” and “System Safety Handbook, Volume 2.”
8. Supported the development of a “NASA Human-Rating Handbook,” which included interviews of numerous NASA astronauts and other experts involved in the human-rating process for assuring the safety of NASA human space flight hardware.

Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) and OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite (OCAMS)

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft launched on September 8, 2016 from Cape Canaveral, Florida on an Atlas V rocket. After a year orbiting the sun, OSIRIS-REx made a flyby of Earth on September 22, 2017, where it "borrowed" a small amount of Earth's orbital energy, assisting its approach to near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Approach begins in August 2018, when Bennu is more than 2 million km away from the spacecraft. As OSIRIS-REx approaches the asteroid, it will use an array of small rocket thrusters to match the velocity of Bennu in its orbit around the Sun. It will bring a minimum 2.1-ounce sample back to Earth for study. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.

The OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite (OCAMS) was designed, built and tested at the University of Arizona and is a set of three cameras to provide critical support for the mission. The asteroid is first acquired through the PolyCam, an 8” Richey-Chretien telescope capable of detecting up to 12th mag objects. As features on the asteroid become resolvable, this telescope is used for preliminary mapping at a surface resolution of <25 cm. The four color filter mapping is then conducted by MapCam at a suite of phase angles. The final sampling sequence is documented by the wide field SamCam and gives the context for the recovered sample.

QARMS supported major reliability activities of Electrical Stress and Derating Analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Fault Tree Analysis, Worst Case Analysis, and Reliability Prediction. A number of problems were detected as a result of our studies, which were promptly corrected by the designers, facilitated by the close coordination between the design team and the reliability analysis team.

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Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON)

The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will be the newest addition to NASA’s fleet of Heliophysics satellites. Led by UC Berkeley, scientists and engineers around the world are coming together to make ICON a reality. Launch date is currently set for 2017. (Mission Update Nov. 3, 2017 - NASA is postponing launch of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) until 2018. The mission was previously planned to launch Dec. 8, 2017, on an Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. NASA and Orbital ATK need additional time to assess a separation component of the rocket. More information on a revised launch date will be provided once it becomes available.)

The goal of the ICON mission is to understand the tug-of-war between Earth’s atmosphere and the space environment. In the "no mans land" of the ionosphere, a continuous struggle between solar forcing and Earth’s weather systems drive extreme and unpredicted variability. ICON will investigate the forces at play in the near-space environment, leading the way in understanding disturbances that can lead to severe interference with communications and GPS signals.

QARMS' support of this project comprises Quality Assurance on Mandatory Flight Hardware, including conformal coating; crimp, cable and harness; box level final closure; pre-cap inspections of hybrids / microcircuits; and general and other workmanship and processes, through delivery of payload.

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
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The James Webb Space Telescope is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope. Working towards a 2018 launch date, Webb will search for the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, which will connect the Big Bang to our own Milky Way Galaxy. With a mirror 6.5 meters (21.3 feet) in diameter and a sunshield the size of a tennis court, Webb will peer through dusty clouds to see stars forming planetary systems, and will reside in an orbit about 1.5 million km (1 million miles) from the Earth.

QARMS provided lead auditor support for the Goddard Space Flight Center Supply Chain Management Program at several critical suppliers.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)

LRO is a robotic mission developed to map the moon's surface. After its first year of exploration, the LRO program was extended with a unique set of science objectives. LRO observations powered a plethora of exciting discoveries, giving us a new picture of our Moon. LCROSS' mission included confirming the presence or absence of water ice at our Moon's South Pole. LCROSS and LRO launched on Thursday, June 18, 2009. The LRO instruments return global data, such as day-night temperature maps, a global geodetic grid, high resolution color imaging, and the moon's UV albedo.

With a comprehensive data set focused on supporting the extension of human presence in the solar system, LRO helps identify sites close to potential resources with high scientific value, favorable terrain and the environment necessary for safe future robotic and human lunar missions. All LRO initial data sets are deposited in the Planetary Data System (PDS), a publicly accessible repository of planetary science information, within six months of primary mission completion.

QARMS' engineering team provided independent oversight of the design, development, integration, and test of the two spacecrafts for NASA Headquarters and NASA Ames Research Center.
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Ares 1-X Integrated Hazard Analysis (IHA)
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Ares I-X was the first test flight of a launch vehicle in the Ares I program, developed by NASA for human spaceflight. Ares I-X was successfully launched on October 28, 2009 from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B. More than 700 sensors were placed throughout the vehicle to collect data for use in future exploration missions.

QARMS provided the integrated system safety analysis of the highly successful Ares 1-X launch vehicle, including support for vehicle launch safety certification, preparation of hazard reports, and design review support for NASA Langley relative to the ARES I-X-Test Program and Test Flight scheduled at Kennedy Space Center in 2009.

Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)

SOFIA is the largest airborne observatory in the world. Studying the universe at infrared wavelengths, SOFIA is capable of making observations that are impossible for even the largest and highest ground-based telescopes. She is an extensively-modified Boeing 747SP aircraft, carrying a reflecting telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters (100 inches) mounted in the rear fuselage. SOFIA is based at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, California.

QARMS' Quality and Reliability Engineering teams supported the design and development of this airborne observatory. Operating and Safety Hazard Analysis (O&SHA) Reports on Critical Lift Operations associated with the Infrared Telescope into and out of the SOFIA aircraft at the NASA Dryden facility at Palmdale, California, and the NASA Ames facility were developed. Our technical expert conducted risk assessment and prepared the Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) for the SOFIA Open Door Operational Support System for NASA Dryden, NASA Ames and the German Space Agency, DLR. Our technical expert also developed and prepared the Reliability/Availability and Maintenance Engineering Plan for SOFIA's Aircraft and Telescope Systems at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

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Space Transportation System (STS)
STS and Space ShuttlePhotos: Our Safety, Reliability, and Quality Engineering and Assurance experts provided support for the NASA Ames Research Center design, development, test, integration, certification and operations for several years for Life Science payloads, including Space Shuttle, Spacelab, and ISS Payloads.