Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Wallops Flight Facility Range Safety Manual (RSM)
|Publication Date:||5 June 2019|
The purpose of this standard is to identify WFF range requirements to implement safety policies and criteria defined in NPR 8715.5, Range Flight Safety Program, NASA-STD-8719.25 Range Flight Safety Requirements, and sections of NPR 8715.3, NASA General Safety Program Requirements applicable to range safety. The standard defines the technical design requirements, restrictions, operations procedures, and other support requirements. It identifies data requirements and general schedule requirements for WFF to perform appropriate safety analysis per 800-PG-8715.5.1, Range Safety Process for Programs and Projects.
Safety participation early in the planning stages of a program will reduce the possibility of costly engineering changes.
This standard is applicable to all programmatic operations and specific aircraft operations conducted at or managed by WFF. It applies to all NASA personnel, NASA contractors, tenants, experimenters, and range users. NASA WFF Partner Organizations (e.g., commercial partners, other Federal agencies, international parties, and tenants) performing Non-NASA range operations at WFF may invoke Goddard Procedural Requirements (GPR) 8700.11 Safety Program for Non-NASA Operations on Wallops Flight Facility (WFF). In this case, the range user will work with the WFF Safety Office to determine applicable RSM requirements.
Section 4.0 contains range safety requirements that apply to hazardous systems (i.e. vehicles, payloads, instruments, experiments and associated ground support equipment (GSE)) incorporated within or attached to manned aircraft platforms, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations conducted on NASA property or in support of NASA missions, and any specific aspect of an aircraft operation that exposes the public, workforce, or property to risk greater than that incurred by normal piloted aircraft operations. Aircraft operations also must comply with requirements in NPR 7900.3, Aircraft Operations Management and the associated projects must work with the NASA WFF Aircraft Office (Code 830) to ensure compliance.
For WFF managed operations conducted at other ranges, the requirements established by this document apply as a minimum unless requirements of the host range are more stringent, in which case the more stringent requirements apply. Should the host range waive or accept a variance to a shared requirement, NASA is responsible for ensuring the NASA requirements are still upheld or follow the process defined in 800-PG-8715.5.1, Range Safety Process for Programs and Projects for waivers.
More stringent safety requirements will be considered by WFF if requested by the range users, principle investigators (PIs), or tenants.
NASA payloads involved in uninhabited orbital and uninhabited deep space missions that fly onboard Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELVs) (including aircraft assisted ELVs) under the cognizance of the WFF are subject to NPR 8715.7, ELV Payload Safety Program, NASA-STD 8719.24, NASA ELV Payload Safety Requirements, and the applicable requirements of this document.