NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE PAYLOAD SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
|Publication Date:||13 June 2018|
This standard establishes the safety requirements for NASA payloads launched on unmanned Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELVs).
This document is applicable to NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers including component facilities, programs, projects, and technical and service support centers. This document applies to JPL, other contractors, and grant recipients only to the extent specified or referenced in applicable contracts, grants, or agreements. Unless otherwise specified, the term "Center" throughout the rest of this document is meant to include NASA Component Facilities and JPL.
This document is applicable to unmanned orbital and unmanned deep space payloads that fly onboard ELVs (including aircraft-assisted ELVs such as Pegasus) and are managed by NASA, whether developed by NASA or any contractor or independent agency in a joint venture with NASA.
This document contains requirements that apply to each ELV payload and its design, fabrication, testing, vehicle integration, launch processing, launch through payload separation, and planned recovery; payload-provided upper stages flown on ELVs; interface hardware that is flown as part of a payload; and ground support equipment used to support payload-related operations. This document does not address in-flight spacecraft operational safety. The mission success and any scientific objectives of the payload are the responsibility of the Payload Project Office and are beyond the scope of this document.
This document applies to ELV payloads developed under a NASA grant or cooperative agreement (to the extent specified in the grant or agreement) to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local requirements relating to safety as specified in NPR 5800.1, Grant and Cooperative Agreement Handbook (14 CFR 1260.37), and to ensure that the payload project properly implements the safety requirements pertaining to use of NASA facilities, NASA contracted facilities, and equipment.