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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Battery Explosion
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Battery Explosion

An unexplained explosion of a rechargeable battery led NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility to implement new safety and prevention measures.

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Critical Knowledge inSight: Importance of Rehearsals and Simulations

Rehearsals and simulations can help to develop experience for a team preparing to support a launch.

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Q4 Courses Support Mission Success

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 (Q4 FY18), APPEL Knowledge Services will offer a wide range of courses, with an emphasis on leveraging lessons learned and managing systems complexity to advance mission success. 

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June 21, 2018 VPMC
Virtual Project Management Challenge: Smaller, Faster, Better: Big Lessons from Small(er) NASA Missions

This Virtual Project Management (PM) Challenge looked at the Dellingr CubeSat and the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator. Participants discussed their approach to the challenges of small projects and share lessons learned.

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Exploring the Value of MBSE at NASA

Three new APPEL Knowledge Services courses help NASA’s technical workforce understand the benefits and applications of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). 

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In the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at JSC, engineers used fake smoke to simulate an emergency scenario in the Orion spacecraft. Astronauts then explored a scenario in which they exited the capsule while their vision was obscured. Credit: NASA/James Blair
EM-1 and EM-2 Make Progress Across NASA and the Nation

At centers across NASA, the agency is rocketing ahead toward Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) and Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2). 

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At the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Mission Operations Control Center, NASA officials discuss the problems with the micrometeroid shield on Skylab. From left to right, they include Jack Kinzler, whose Skylab sunshield solution earned him the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, along with William Schneider, Maxim Faget, Dale Myers, JSC Director Chris Kraft, and Kenneth Kleinknecht. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Skylab was Saved

Forty-five years ago this month, a crew of three NASA astronauts set off to rescue the first U.S. space station: Skylab.

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The Coronavirus pandemic forced APPEL Knowledge Services to cancel all face-to-face training and convert more than 80 percent of its courses—such as this one, Cognitive Bias in Engineering Decision-Making with instructor Matthew Kohut—to virtual delivery. Credit: NASA/Donna Wilson
Leveraging Lessons Learned to Drive Mission Success

With a new category of courses, APPEL Knowledge Services is utilizing NASA’s wealth of organizational knowledge to help practitioners advance mission success. 

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Critical Knowledge inSight: Complexity in International Partnerships

NASA has learned many lessons about working with international partners during the International Space Station (ISS) Program.

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