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A Look Ahead at NASA’s First Human Spaceflight Knowledge Sharing Forum

NASA’s first Human Spaceflight Knowledge Sharing Forum brings the agency, commercial partners and academia together to share best practices and lessons learned.

What have NASA and industry learned from successful and unsuccessful human spaceflight missions?

Answering this question is the objective of the Human Spaceflight Knowledge Sharing Forum, a pilot knowledge sharing event to be held November 1-2, 2016, at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Hosted by NASA’s Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE) and the Office of the Chief Knowledge Officer in collaboration with the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and in partnership with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and UAH, the limited-attendance forum is designed to collaboratively identify and discuss applicable lessons from previous human spaceflight missions.

Forum participants include representatives from NASA’s human spaceflight programs; NASA’s Technical Authorities (TA), including the OCE, the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, and the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer; commercial contractors and partners; and academia. Practitioners will learn technical best practices from NASA’s TAs, share broadly applicable lessons across programs, and make use of existing reports, studies, mishaps, lessons and expertise.

Agenda topics include:

  • Innovation at NASA
  • Using Lessons Learned to Mitigate NASA’s Top Technical Risks
  • Shared Accountability: Lessons from Commercial Partnerships
  • Crew Office Lessons Learned
  • Human Factors/Human Centered Design: What Did We Think and Do?
  • Economics of Safety: The Cost of Failure Avoidance vs. Occurrence
  • Common Trends Among Catastrophic Mishaps

The forum features a combination of panel discussions and presentations by subject matter experts across various disciplines that are integral to the future success of human spaceflight. NASA TV will be on hand to record presentations and panel discussions with the goal of providing valuable lessons through video segments on and YouTube.

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