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NASA Smallsat Reference Model for Safety and Mission Assurance


Melbourne, 19 April, 2022 


PHM Technology is proud to announce that NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre (NASA GSFC) has developed a Smallsat Reference Model for Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) using the MADe software. 

NASA GSFC developed the Smallsat Reference Model to increase awareness and understanding of the technical engineering risks that can impact the mission effectiveness and safety, and has made it available to universities and public researchers that are seeking to develop and launch their own Smallsat / Cubesat missions. 

“This reference model will allow users to jump-start their mission assurance and failure analyses. Conducting these types of analyses will allow Smallsat/Cubesat mission developers to leverage a NASA starting point to assess the robustness/fault tolerance of their design and help ensure they don't deploy space debris.” said Ms Nancy Lindsey, Deputy R&M Technical Fellow (OSMA) and GSFC Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability Subject Matter Expert. 

“Obviously we are honoured that NASA decided to use the MADe platform to develop the SRM”, said Mr Chris Stecki, CEO of PHM Technology. “The Digital Risk Twin generated by MADe provides objective, model-based safety analyses concurrently with the design process - to ensure the appropriate visibility and traceability required to satisfy launch certification authorities such as NASA” said Mr Stecki. 

For more information or to request a copy of the SRM, please contact: the Model-Based SMA (MBSMA) Lead – Nancy J Lindsey at GSFC / Nancy.j.Lindsey@nasa.gov


This news has also been reported by Spaceconnectonline.



The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is a major NASA space research laboratory located approximately 6.5 miles (10.5 km) northeast of Washington, D.C. in Greenbelt, Maryland, United States. Established on May 1, 1959 as NASA's first space flight center, GSFC employs approximately 10,000 civil servants and contractors and is the largest combined organization of scientists and engineers in the United States dedicated to increasing knowledge of the Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe via observations from space. 

GSFC is a major US laboratory for developing and operating unmanned scientific spacecraft and conducts scientific investigation, development, manufacturing and operation of space systems, and development of related technologies. Goddard scientists can develop and support a mission, and Goddard engineers and technicians can design and build the spacecraft for that mission. GSFC operates two spaceflight tracking and data acquisition networks (the Space Network and the Near Earth Network), develops and maintains advanced space and Earth science data information systems, develops satellite systems for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and manages operations for many NASA and international missions including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). 

For more information about NASA GSFC please visit: https://www.nasa.gov/goddard.


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PHM Technology (PHMT) is the advanced engineering company that has developed the Digital Risk Twin used to optimize the design and sustainment of complex, safety / mission critical systems.

PHMT has developed an ecosystem of analysis and decision optimization tools that that digitize the RAMS function and provides Model-based engineering decision support solution to identify, analyse and mitigate engineering risk at each stage of the product lifecycle. PHMT solutions are used by military and commercial customers in Asia, Europe and the US.

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