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NPR 7120.5F
Effective Date: August 03, 2021
Expiration Date: August 03, 2026
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Subject: NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements w/Change 3

Responsible Office: Associate Administrator

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P.1 Purpose

This document establishes the requirements by which NASA formulates and implements space flight programs and projects, consistent with the governance model contained in NASA Policy Directive (NPD) 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook.

P.2 Applicability

a. This NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) is applicable to NASA Headquarters (HQ) and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities and Technical and Service Support Centers. This language applies to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (a Federally Funded Research and Development Center), other contractors and recipients of grants, cooperative agreements, or other agreements, only to the extent specified or referenced in the applicable contracts, grants, or agreements.

b. This NPR applies to all NASA space flight programs and projects including spacecraft, launch vehicles, instruments developed for space flight programs and projects, some research and technology (R&T) programs and projects1, technical facilities specifically developed or significantly modified for space flight systems, Information Technology (IT) acquired as a part of space flight programs and projects, and ground systems that are in direct support of space flight operations. This NPR also applies to reimbursable space flight programs and projects performed for non-NASA sponsors and to NASA contributions to space flight programs and projects performed with international and interagency partners.

c. For existing programs and projects, the Revision F changes to the requirements of this NPR apply to their current and future phases as determined by the responsible Mission Directorate and concurred with by the NASA Chief Program Management Officer (CPMO) (or as delegated) and the Decision Authority.

d. This NPR can be applied to other NASA investments at the discretion of the responsible manager or the NASA Associate Administrator.

e. In this directive, all mandatory actions (i.e., requirements) are denoted by statements containing the term "shall." The terms "may" or "can" denote discretionary privilege or permission, "should" denotes a good practice and is recommended but not required, "will" denotes expected outcome, and "are/is" denotes descriptive material.

1R&T programs and projects will be managed using NPR 7120.5 in lieu of NPR 7120.8 when: 1) the R&T program or project is directly funded by a human or robotic space flight program or project; 2) a space flight program or project is directly dependent on the R&T program or project; 3) the R&T program or project has an LCC greater than $365M and is intended to be flown in space; 4) the R&T program or project includes significant radioactive material (see Section, whether or not the system being developed is for ground or space flight; or 5) as determined by the NASA AA. If clarification or guidance is needed, R&T programs and projects should consult with the CPMO.

f. In this directive, all document citations are assumed to be the latest version unless otherwise noted. Documents cited as authority, applicable, or reference documents may be cited as a different categorization, which characterizes its function in relation to the specific context.

P.3 Authority

a. The National Aeronautics and Space Act, as amended, 51 U.S.C. ยง 20113(a).

b. NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook.

c. NPD 1000.3, The NASA Organization.

d. NPD 1000.5, Policy for NASA Acquisition.

e. NPD 1001.0, NASA Strategic Plan.

f. NPD 7120.4, NASA Engineering and Program/Project Management Policy.

P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms

a. NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement (NFS), 48 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR), Chapter 18.

b. NPD 7500.1, Program and Project Life-Cycle Logistics Support Policy.

c. NPD 8020.7, Biological Contamination Control for Outbound and Inbound Planetary Spacecraft.

d. NPR 1040.1, NASA Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Procedural Requirements.

e. NPR 1058.1, NASA Enterprise Protection Program.

f. NPR 1600.1, NASA Security Program Procedural Requirements.

g. NPR 2190.1, NASA Export Control Program.

h. NPR 2810.1, Security of Information and Information Systems.

i. NPR 7120.10, Technical Standards for NASA Programs and Projects.

j. NPR 7123.1, NASA Systems Engineering Processes and Requirements.

k. NPR 7150.2, NASA Software Engineering Requirements.

l. NPR 8000.4, Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirements.

m. NPR 8079.1, NASA Spacecraft Conjunction Analysis and Collision Avoidance for Space Environment Protection.

n. NPR 8580.1, Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Executive Order 12114.

o. NPR 8600.1, NASA Capability Portfolio Management Requirements.

p. NPR 8705.2, Human-Rating Requirements for Space Systems.

q. NPR 8705.4, Risk Classification for NASA Payloads.

r. NPR 8715.24, Planetary Protection Provisions for Robotic Extraterrestrial Missions.

s. NASA/SP-20230001306, NASA Standing Review Board Handbook. https://ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/20230001306

t. EIA-748, Earned Value Management Systems.

P.5 Measurement/Verification

a. Compliance with this document is verified by submitting the gate products identified in this document at Key Decision Points (KDPs) to responsible NASA officials and milestone products and control plans due at life-cycle reviews (LCRs) and by internal and external controls. Internal controls are consistent with processes per NPD 1200.1, NASA Internal Control. Internal controls include surveys, audits, and reviews conducted in accordance with NPD 1210.2, NASA Surveys, Audits, and Reviews Policy. External controls may include external surveys, audits, and reporting requirements.

b. Compliance is also documented by appending a completed Compliance Matrix for this NPR (see Appendix C) to the Formulation Agreement for projects in Formulation and/or the Program Plan or Project Plan (see appendices G or H) for programs or projects entering or in Implementation. A copy of the Compliance Matrix is forwarded to the CPMO and the Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE) for programs and Category 1 projects and to the OCE for Category 2 and 3 projects for review. Organizations with authority to approve waivers or deviations to specific requirements are specified in Appendix C, Table C-1, Compliance Matrix.

P.6 Cancellation

a. NPR 7120.5E, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements, dated August 14, 2012.

b. NID 7120.130, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements - Space Systems Protection Standard Update.

c. NID 7120.122, Joint Cost and Schedule Confidence Level (JCL) Requirements Updates.

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