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NPR 8715.6A
Effective Date: May 14, 2009
Expiration Date: February 14, 2016

(NASA Only)

Subject: NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris (w/ Change 1 - 5/14/09)

Responsible Office: Office of Safety and Mission Assurance

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Table of Contents


P.1 Purpose
P.2 Applicability
P.3 Authority
P.4 Applicable Documents
P.5 Measurement/Verification
P.6 Cancellation

Chapter 1. General Information

1.1 Objectives of Limiting Orbital Debris
1.2 Description of Orbital Debris
1.3 Roles and Responsibilities
1.3.1 Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (Chief/OSMA)
1.3.2 Program's Mission Directorate Associate Administrator (MDAA)
1.3.3 Associate Administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate (AA/SOMD)
1.3.4 Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (AA/ESMD)
1.3.5 Assistant Administrator, Office of External Relations (AA/OER)
1.3.6 Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Affairs
1.3.7 NASA Office of the General Counsel
1.3.8 NASA Headquarters Environmental Management Division
1.3.9 John F. Kennedy Space Center Launch Services Program Manager (KSC/LSPM)
1.3.10 NASA Center Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Directors
1.3.11 NASA Orbital Debris Program Office (NASA ODPO)
1.3.12 SMA Technical Authority
1.3.13 NASA Program/Project Manager
1.3.14 NASA Planetary Protection Officer (NASA PPO)

Chapter 2. Program/Project Development and Prelaunch Preparations

2.1 Orbital Debris Program Setup and Control
2.2 Orbital Debris Risk Assessments
2.2.1 Orbital Debris Assessment Report (ODAR)
2.2.2 End-of-Mission Plan (EOMP)
2.2.3 NASA ODPO Review
2.2.4 Risk Acceptance

Chapter 3. Program/Project Operations

3.1 Design
3.2 Monitoring During Spaceflight
3.3 EOM Actions
3.4 Conjunction Assessments During Mission Operations
3.5 Special Requirements for Spacecraft Carrying Humans


Appendix A. Terms and Definitions
Appendix B. Acronyms


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