A Message from the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance NDE Program Manager
The NASA Nondestructive Evaluation Working Group (NNWG) was
chartered in 1994 by the Office of Safety and Mission
Assurance (OSMA) as an Agency-wide forum for the integration
of major NDE program needs. This forum, managed by the
Langley Research Center as delegated lead Center, provides a
focus for new technology initiatives, identification of NDE
documentation requirements, new operating practices, and
Center NDE infrastructure upgrades. Funding for NDE
activities is provided by OSMA, with approximately one-third
co-funding provided by Center programs and projects. On
March 10-11, 2015, the Centers' NNWG held the 22st Annual
NDE Workshop via WebEx due to travel budget limitations.
The NNWG reviewed and reported on FY14 accomplishments and
advances. The 23rd Annual NDE Workshop will be held at
Goddard Space Flight Center in 2016.
The workshop provided members a forum in which to review the
progress of on-going NDE tasks funded by the Office of
Safety and Mission Assurance, and to collaborate and
maximize group effectiveness. A balanced and diverse set of
NDE activities in research and applications are being
pursued within this working group. The NNWG members planned
future directions and presented and critiqued new proposals.
The NNWG also continues to support the NASA Engineering and
Safety Center NDE Technical Discipline Team (TDT). Since
2003, this proactive NNWG support of the NESC TDT is greatly
benefiting the International Space Station, Commercial Space
Partners, and other NASA programs. The NNWG chair rotates
yearly. Brad Parker, GSFC, served as chair during the past
year. The current chair is Charles Nichols, JSC-WSTF, and the
current vice-chair is Eric Burke, LaRC.
In FY16, the NDE Program will focus on technology
development activities for assuring quality of additively
manufactured components and for establishing the remaining
life in composite overwrapped pressure vessels.
For a complete list of all active projects, please
Nondestructive Evaluation Technical Program Manager for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, NASA HQ, Washington, DC.
Agency Nondestructive Evaluation Specialist
NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA 236681