The Mission Assurance Branch (MAB) is responsible for supporting the implementation of mission assurance over the entire program life cycle for all GSFC space flight missions predominantly being engineered outside of Goddard. Code 323 follows policy guidelines set by NASA Headquarters for the implementation of mission assurance programs and to programmatic guidelines set by the NASA Headquarters and the GSFC Center Director. As support team members to the Projects, the Code 323 personnel provide expertise and other resources to fulfill mission objectives.
Mission Assurance Support Process
This activity provides the development, planning, and implementation of a mission assurance program for the projects. Activity starts during project formulation with the proposed mission assurance program and workforce planning and continues into implementation with documented Systems Safety and Mission Assurance requirements. The process is facilitated by providing a single point of contact for project Office of Systems Safety and Mission Assurance (OSSMA ) activities. This single point of contact is the Systems Assurance Manager. Mission assurance functional support, which this activity provides, includes acquiring and managing parts and materials support, process verification, hardware and software reliability, safety, and quality assurance, environmental test verification assurance, and technical system design reviews. This activity continues through launch , mission operations and mission decommissioning with tracking and supporting the resolution of on-orbit anomalies.
The Mission Assurance Branch provides expertise to the GSFC space flight and space flight support programs in the implementation of mission assurance. This expertise is managed through a single point of contact, the Systems Assurance Manager (SAM) who functions as a member of the project management team. This method of customer interface helps the project manager to establish, coordinate, and manage the implementation of both the assurance program and the system safety program. Generally the SAM is co-located with the project office, to provide the most efficient access to the project manager and his staff. The MAB also provides additional resources in the form of Quality Engineers and Quality Assurance Specialists under the purview of the SAM. The SAM works with the project to provide additional resources for acquiring and managing other elements such as materials and parts support, process verification, reliability, safety, quality and software assurance, environmental test verification, and the performance of technical system design reviews.