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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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Premature Wear of the MSL Wheels

Wheel design for the Mars 2020 project includes modifications to increase durability over harsh Martian terrain based on lessons learned from operational use of the wheel design of its predecessor, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover.

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May 2011 image of ISS and the docked Space Shuttle Endeavour. Photo Credit: NASA/ESA.
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: International Space Station Hardware Disposition Project

Realizing each team member had to become familiar with each discipline’s processes in order to increase productivity for the entire team is one of the key lessons learned from the disposition of International Space Station hardware when the Space Shuttle Program ended.

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