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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Incorporating Human Factors from the Beginning of a Program/Project

Employing qualified human factors personnel on a design team from the start of a program or project has proven to be successful and effective.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Proximate Cause of the SMAP Radar Failure
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Proximate Cause of the SMAP Radar Failure

Testing and investigation identified an unexpected over-voltage condition as the proximate cause of failure of the radar instrument portion of the Soil Moisture Active Passive mission. 

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: End-to-End-Redundancy-Analysis
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: End-to-End Redundancy Analysis

Redundancy and failure analysis should extend beyond end items and the subsystem under design and consider potential failure scenarios for all relevant interfacing subsystems. 

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Best Practices for the Elemental Profiling of High-Purity Hydrazine
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Best Practices for the Elemental Profiling of High-Purity Hydrazine

Best practices for conducting high-purity hydrazine elemental analysis processes must be followed to avoid sample contamination that could impact space missions.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Copper Tube Pinch Failure

While pinching copper tubes is a standard practice for many applications on Earth, it presents challenges for spaceflight applications.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Thermal Vacuum Lamp Spectrum

Potential modeling inaccuracy may be avoided in thermal vacuum tests by using heater plates instead of quartz lamps.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Integrated Cross-cutting Approach to Environmental Compliance and Risk Reduction
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Integrated Cross-cutting Approach to Environmental Compliance and Risk Reduction

The Space Shuttle Transition and Retirement team demonstrated that identifying a cross-cutting environmental function and having an integrated team are essential to successful management and disposition of a large amount of property.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Evolution of KSC EGS Post Space Shuttle – Success Factors and Lessons Learned
Spotlight on Lessons Learned: Evolution of KSC EGS Post Space Shuttle – Success Factors and Lessons Learned

Exploration Ground Systems Program challenges, solutions and lessons learned since the end of the Space Shuttle Program have been captured in an effort to transfer the knowledge to NASA program and project managers.

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Spotlight on Lessons Learned: SpaceWire Cable Fabrication and Installation
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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