Spotlight on Lessons Learned: SpaceWire Cable Fabrication and Installation

Problems experienced with SpaceWire cable used in flight hardware intended for deployment on the International Space Station resulted in lessons learned and recommendations to help avoid similar issues.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Vibration “Over-Testing” Close Call

The importance of vibration testing in qualifying and accepting spaceflight hardware cannot be overstated, but the testing also introduces significant programmatic risk.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: High Pressure Industrial Water Valve Actuator Assembly Failure

The failure of a high pressure industrial water valve actuator assembly at a NASA test stand underscored the need for disciplined configuration control practices to ensure facility systems are built and maintained to the specified design.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle

NASA’s High Alpha Technology Program used a highly modified F-18 airframe as its focal point and captured important lessons on improving high angle-of-attack capabilities.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Project Management Lessons Learned on a Fast Track Engine Test

Accepting a task to perform a fast-track engine test prior to fully understanding its risks and challenges led to cost and schedule issues.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Thermal Strap Joint Relaxation and Material Creep

Material creep and joint relaxation in thermal strap joints under load at room temperature can result in thermal performance degradation at cryogenic operating temperatures.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Aligning System Development Models with Insight Approaches

Knowledge of system development models used by NASA partners for systems engineering and integration can prevent miscommunication and unfulfilled expectations within NASA insight and oversight organizations.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Facilities Installation and Maintenance Records as Government Property

When an electrician at NASA’s Johnson Space Center suffered burns due to a pre-existing condition in a power distribution panel, one of the lessons learned was the importance of managing installation and maintenance records as government property.

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