Effective Date: September 20, 2021
Expiration Date: September 20, 2026
NASA's policy is to ensure that graphic markings use accurately reflects NASA's roles, as distinguished from the roles of its suppliers, service providers and partners, and that such markings are simple, professional, effective for identification, standardized where practical, and do not imply endorsement of commercial activities and adhere to guidance laid out in the NASA's Graphics Standards Manual.
a. This policy applies to all markings on NASA-funded space vehicles, equipment, and hardware, as well as vehicles, equipment, and hardware associated with space transportation or demonstration services, including rockets, orbital and robotic spacecraft, component systems, payloads, landers, rovers, lunar surface infrastructure, and gantries. These items may carry one or a variety of markings, or remain unmarked, depending on the discretion of the mission directorate or program funding the launches or missions, subject to the requirements of this policy. Markings and marking materials conform with the guidelines and requirements contained in the documents listed in paragraph 4.
b. This policy is also applicable to missions in which NASA participates or contributes, but is not the leading partner or launch provider, such as missions lead by an International Partner or other U.S. agency, in which NASA may provide the launch service, a payload, instrument, or other significant contribution. For markings that comply with graphics standards on spacecraft displaying NASA identifiers only, Office of Communications' (OCOMM) approval is not needed. Instead, the responsible Mission Directorate will submit a courtesy copy of the design configurations to OCOMM, in accordance with the NASA Graphics Standards Manual.
c. This directive is applicable to NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities and Technical and Service Support Centers.
d. This language applies to Jet PropulsIon Laboratory, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), other contractors, grant recipients, or parties to agreements only to the extent specified or referenced in the appropriate contracts, grants, or agreements.
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 that is recommended-, but not required. "Will" denotes an expected outcome, and "are and is" denote descriptive material.
f. In this directive, all document citations are assumed to be the latest version unless otherwise noted.
g. This policy does not restrict the use of markings necessary for safety (e.g., cautions and warnings).
The National Aeronautics and Space Act, as amended, 51 U.S.C. § 20101(a) and 20113(a).
a. NASA Seal, NASA Insignia, NASA Logotype, NASA Program Identifiers, NASA Flags, and the Agency's Unified Visual Communications System, 14 CFR Subpt.1221.1.
b. Agency Graphic Standards as authorized by NASA Headquarters Office of Communications: "NASA Graphics Standards Manual."
c. ISSP-PPD-519, "ISS Partner Program Directive," "ISS Program Guidelines for Graphic Markings on ISS Elements, Systems and Payloads."
a. The Associate Administrator for OCOMM (or designee), as the manager of the Agency's Graphics Standards Program, is responsible for reviewing and approving all marking proposals or waivers under this policy, proposals to the NASA Graphics Standards Manual, and for providing expert assistance for compliance with the NASA Graphics Standards Manual. The Associate Administrator for OCOMM is also responsible for approving all uses of the NASA Insignia and Logotype in accordance with the NASA Seal, NASA Insignia, NASA Logotype, NASA Program Identifiers, NASA Flags, 14 CFR Subpt.1221.1, and the Agency's Unified Visual Communications System. Guidance regarding information to be included in a recommendation to OCOMM can be found in the NASA Graphics Standards Manual.
b. The Associate Administrator for the Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) (or designee) will review all marking proposals received from non-U.S. sources and make a recommendation to OCOMM.
c. The Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (or designee) will review marking proposals on NASA space transportation vehicles (or procured commercial launch, transportation, or demonstration services); component systems of the International Space Station, Gateway, and supporting human operations on the lunar surface, and for all HEO-sponsored payloads, and make a recommendation to OCOMM. Guidance regarding information to be included in a recommendation to OCOMM can be found in the NASA Graphics Standards Manual.
d. The Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate (or designee) will review NASA markings for transportation vehicles carrying NASA science payloads and markings on the robotic spacecraft carrying out NASA science missions and make a recommendation to OCOMM. Guidance regarding information to be included in a recommendation to OCOMM can be found in the NASA Graphics Standards Manual.
e. The Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate (or designee) will review NASA markings for transportation vehicles carrying NASA space technology payloads and markings on payloads carrying out NASA space technology missions and make a recommendation to OCOMM. Guidance regarding information to be included in a recommendation to OCOMM can be found in the NASA Graphics Standards Manual.
f. The General Counsel (OGC) (or designee) will review and concur on all marking proposals as appropriate.
g. Program Managers are responsible for submitting proposed markings to the Associate Administrator of the responsible Mission Directorate or relevant Center Director for the appropriate review and approval authorities and for the fabrication and application of markings for all payloads that they sponsor.
h. Center Directors, through their respective Program Managers, will be responsible to ensure compliance with this policy.
i. Mission Directorates are responsible for all costs associated with the design, fabrication, or application of markings. NASA will not pay the costs for non-NASA markings.
j. Employees can submit any waivers to the above policy to the Associate Administrator for the respective Mission Directorate and then submit with a recommendation to OCOMM. Waivers will also be subject to review and approval by OGC. In some instances, review and approval may be required by OIIR or other stakeholders.
NPD 8610.6G, Graphic Markings on Space Transportation Vehicles, U.S. Components of the International Space Station Component Systems, and Payloads, dated October 30, 2003.
A.1 NPD 8710.3, NASA Policy for Limiting Orbital Debris Generation.
A.2 SSP 30233, Space Station Requirements for Materials and Processes.
A.3 JSC-SE-R-006, NASA JSC Requirements for Materials and Processes.
A.4 MSFC-STD-506, Standard Materials and Processes Control.
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