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NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2021 Annual Report

12 Jan 2022, 18:24 UTC
NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2021 Annual Report
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Cover of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel 2021 Annual Report (Credits: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, issued its 2021 annual report Tuesday examining the agency’s safety performance over the past year and highlighting accomplishments, issues, and concerns.

The report highlights 2021 activities and includes observations on NASA’s:

Strategic Vision and Guiding PrinciplesAgency GovernanceProgram Management

Throughout 2021, the panel explored the status of NASA’s ongoing program of work and focused on the longer term, strategic posture of the agency to address risk management. As a result, this annual report continues the panel’s focus on strategic issues and their bearing on current development, exploration, and operational matters.

“The rapid changes occurring in space technology, investment, and operations define an inflection point for the space sector,” said ASAP Chair Dr. Patricia Sanders. “As NASA looks to the future and moves to expand human knowledge and operational capabilities beyond low-Earth orbit, it must recognize and adapt to the new environment and decide strategically how to forge humanity’s path outward while managing the risks in an appropriate manner.”

The report notes the rebalancing of roles and responsibilities between NASA ...

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