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Standards Guide Space Projects Based on Lessons Learned in the Final Frontier

A new standard has been developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to distill principles and guidelines learned from space projects, assisting space systems manufacturers and operators in improving the quality of products and the efficiency of their work.

ISO 16192:2010, Space systems - Experience gained in space projects (Lessons learned) - Principles and guidelines, allows future space projects to benefit from previous ones by providing guidelines for capturing and communicating knowledge. The document will decrease errors, improve working methods, and decrease the risk of nonconformity to specified objectives, including management, technical, quality, costs, and schedules.

"The increasingly global nature of the aerospace industry has increased the demand for International Standards which facilitate co-production efforts, reduce costs, and eliminate trade barriers," said Nick Tongson, secretary of the group that developed ISO the standard. "ISO 16192 will help the sector to achieve these objectives as well as to improve quality."

ISO 16192 also provides processes and forms for documenting lessons learned. The application of the standard is intended to be included in suppliers' quality management systems, but can also be tailored to individual contracts as agreed by the customer and supplier. It is complementary to ISO 9001:2008, Quality management systems - Requirements, and ISO 17666:2003, Space systems - Risk management.

ISO 16192 was developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 20, Aircraft and space vehicles, subcommittee (SC) 14, Space systems and operations. The U.S. leads this SC, with Larry Schultz of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) acting as chairperson. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has delegated secretariat duties to Nick Tongson, director of standards for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

For more information on this standard, see the ISO news item.


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