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On January 21-23, 2014, International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Executive Director Tommaso Sgobba will deliver a training program entitled “Implementation of FAA Established Practices for Human Space Flight Occupant Safety.” The course is based on a draft document released by the US Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) in October. This document summarizes safety practices relating to suborbital and orbital launch and reentry vehicles. Each practice is briefly summarized – starting with Atmospheric Conditions (“The vehicle should provide atmospheric conditions adequate to protect all occupants from serious injury and allow safety critical operations to be performed for all inhabited areas within a vehicle or a pressurized suit…”) and ending with Spaceflight Participant Training (“Prior to flight, an operator should instruct each space flight participant…”). Following each practice is a rationale which explains the inclusion of that practice. “The issuance of this document continues a conversation,” opens the document, proceeding to explain AST’s goal to “gain consensus of government, industry, and academia” on a final set of practices.

IAASS is continuing that conversation with a three day training course in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The course is designed to provide an understanding of the safety practices and processes that could be used for design, manufacturing and operations of commercial human suborbital and orbital vehicles. Attendees can expect to acquire a detailed understanding of concepts and requirements presented by AST and become familiar with safety analysis techniques.

While many of the practices may seem like basic common sense, their implementation requires the performance of complex analysis. “The course could well take three days just to explain failure tolerance!” says Sgobba, referring to just one of the practices presented in AST’s draft. In fact, the agenda calls for a host of topics, addressed in a mixture of lectures and exercises to allow participants to practice writing hazard reports, preparing safety cases, and more.

The last day to register is December 21, 2013. Visit the IAASS Malaysia website for more information.