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[[Left side header]]AEROSPACE SAFETY ADVISORY PANEL [[bullet point]]Constellation in particular should be subjected to periodic reviews and course correction. - The Nation has committed substantial resources to flagship program. This significant investment reasonably should be protected by assessing the probability that the current approach will continue to meet objectives given known limitations. - NASA can better control cost, risk, and schedule by leveraging these periodic reviews as a means to reinforce using the Constellation program as an opportunity to fortify the NASA safety culture, including weaving safety into program plans at all levels and across the life cycle. D. Safety Improvements 1. Safety Hardwired into Constellation.NASA has imposed one-time opportunity to better interweave safety as a consistent and more powerful operating parameter by hardwiring safety into the fabric and procedures of the new flagship exploration program, Constellation. Accordingly, NASA should institutionalize safety programs, systems, processes, and reporting. [[bullet point]] Robust, well-publicized safety programs that mirror industry best best practices, including using current world-class systems that incentives at some NASA Centers, such as Marshall Space Flight Center, as models [[bullet point]]A safety management system that tracks accidents, mishaps, close calls, audit results, lessons learned, and data trends for these and other leading indicators [[bullet point]]Consistent methodologies to identify hazards and to manage, articulate, and reduce risks [[bullet point]]Defined, timely process for investigating, and reporting on accidents [[bullet point]]More rapid and thorough determination of root causes [[bullet point]]Standardized accident report format, timeline, database, and metrics [[bullet point]]Timely, possibly Web-based distribution of lessons learned to prevent mishap recurrences 2. Upgrading of NASA Facilities and Equipment. During repeated visits to NASA Centers and Headquarters to hold quarterly and insight meetings, the ASAP has noted that deferred maintenance, modification, and upgrading of basic NASA infrastructure deserve higher priority. [[bullet point]]Facility Support. The ASAP views facility support not only as actual essential physical plant (e.g., buildings, heating and cooling systems, electrical generation systems), but also as information technology (IT), security, and other facility-wide services. The ASAP noted that, despite NASA's maintenance efforts, the more than 40-year-old institutional infrastructure is in serious need of timely repair and upgrades. [[bullet point]]Aeronautics. NASA not only flies its own planes for training and operational support (such as chase planes), but also uses these resources to conduct aeronautics research. The ASAP has concluded that NASA accomplishments are noteworthy, although the Agency nevertheless should fund a prompt and thorough assessment of its aging fixed-wing aircraft fleet and aircraft facilities.
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