Status Report

NASA Lessons Learned: Space Shuttle Program/Competitive Sourcing/Safety Implications

By SpaceRef Editor
October 1, 2003
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PLLS Database Entry: 1235

Lesson Info

  • Lesson Number: 1235
  • Lesson Date: 17-jun-2002
  • Submitting Organization: HQ
  • Submitted by: David Lengyel


Space Shuttle Program/Competitive Sourcing/Safety Implications

Description of Driving Event:

NASA is studying competitive sourcing of the Space Shuttle Program.

Lesson(s) Learned:

Space Shuttle privatization can have safety implications as well as affecting costs.


Include in all privatization plans an assessment by safety professionals of the ability of considered privatization schemes to retain a reasonable level of NASA technical involvement and independent checks and balances.

Evidence of Recurrence Control Effectiveness:

All privatization discussions to date have included direct participation by the NASA Headquarters, Center, and SSP Safety organizations. A fundamental ground rule of any privatization option is that it must include the proper checks and balances as well as healthy tension between design and operations and include a value added independent assessment process. Current plans include numerous independent reviews of privatization concepts that will be structured to include safety professionals.

Applicable NASA Enterprise(s):

  • Human Exploration & Development of Space

Applicable Crosscutting Process(es):

  • Manage Strategically
  • Provide Aerospace Products & Capabilities: Implementation

Additional Key Phrase(s):

  • Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel
  • Policy & Planning
  • Procurement, Small Business & Industrial Relations
  • Risk Management/Assessment
  • Safety & Mission Assurance

Approval Info:

  • Approval Date: 27-jun-2002
  • Approval Name: Bill Loewy
  • Approval Organization: HQ
  • Approval Phone Number: 202-358-0528

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