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The Safety and Mission Success Review (SMSR)


The Safety and Mission Success Review, or SMSR, is a voice-recorded, pre-decisional briefing held approximately 1 month to 2 weeks prior to proceeding with a NASA mission - both human and robotic, as well as test flights and demonstrations of commercially-developed launch vehicles and spacecraft. The SMSR is chaired by the NASA Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance and the NASA Chief Engineer. Other key participants include the Mission Chief Safety Officer, Mission Chief Engineer, independent assessment experts, Chief Medical Officer, and Headquarters-based safety and mission assurance and engineering personnel.

The SMSR outcome is a documented recommendation from the Chief SMA and Chief Engineer to the responsible Mission Director concerning residual risk and the advisability of proceeding."

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