ISS Payloads Design and Operations Safety

Date: To Be Announced

Venue: To Be Announced


An introductory course in Payoad Safety for managers and engineers new to ISS payload safety analysis principles and processes and for safety practitioners with no previous space projects experience. The participants will acquire an overall understanding of ISS payload safety analyis principles and requirements and how to apply them to achieve a successful Payload Safety Review Panel submission and increase productivity in space projects. This course is being provided by leading experts in ISS Payload Safety from the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety ( as part of the IAASS Space Safety Academy

Course Objectives

The course is designed to provide the participant with an understanding of:

  • Key role of management in the payload safety objectives for the organisation, how to establish policy, organisation and allocate responsibilities.
  • Formal payload safety analysis systems and processes including ESA & NASA requirements and standards;
  • Need for a Payload Safety review process and relationship to contractual PA and QA Plans;
  • Payload Safety analysis in hardware developments. Specifications, qualifications, procurement control, support to project reviews, configuration management, verification and formal acceptance;
  • Hazard indentifcation and control;
  • Flight Safety requirement;
  • Ground Safety requirements;
  • Operational Safety requirements;
  • Preparing for and submitting a successful Payload Safety Review Panel presentation.

Who should Attend?

  • Managers and engineers who are new to qPayload Safety analysis and PSRP principles and processes for space projects
  • Safety Assurance practicioners with no previous space projects experience

Course Outline

  • Payload & System Safety Philosophy
  • Payload Safety Review Process
  • Hazard Indentifcation & Control
  • Preliminary Hazard Analysis
  • Flight Safety Requirements
  • Ground Safety Requirements
  • Technical Safety Requirements
  • Subsystem/System Hazard Analysis
  • Operating Hazard Analysis
  • Hazard Reports and the Safety Data Package
  • Successful Presentation to the Payload Safety Review Panel

Learning by Doing

Following the detailed instructor led briefings the participants are encouraged to complete practical exercises in system safety that help embed the knowledge provided during the course.

How You Will Learn It

  • Interactive Verbal instruction using Power Point
  • Videos and Photographs
  • Case studies
  • Group exercises & problem solving

What You will Take Away

  • The course binder with all presentations.
  • A selected set of documents
  • All course documents on CD-ROM where possible
  • Certificate of Course Completion

Course Structure

The course duration will be 4 1/2 days.
The course will begin at 13.30pm on Monday 11th June and conclude at 4.00pm on Friday 15th June 2012.
There will be morning and afternoon coffee breaks and a lunch break on each day of the course.

Course Fee

The fees for the 4 1/2 day course are

  • IAASS (or SIS) Member €1325 per Participant
  • Non-Member €1450 per Participant

A discount is available to organisations who send more than 2 participants, where each additional participants will be charged at the rate of an IAASS Member.
This fee includes the Space Industry Skillnet discount to network members. The fee covers all course materials. Lunch will be provided at the training venue restaurant at the expense of the participant.


Please register at the following locations;

Members of Space Industry Skillnet should register with the Network Manager
Catherine Lenehan at

Registration will also be available on the Astrium internal training catalogue called LMS (Learning Management System).

Contact & Directions

The training venue location is: TBD


There is a wide variety of accomodation near the facility to suit all levels of taste & expense. You can find contact details for all hotels in the area and close to venue using Google Maps and


The training course instructors and invited speakers are internationally recognised experts in the field of Payload Safety.

Larry Gregg

Larry Gregg works at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, USA. Mr. Gregg has been involved in the aerospace industry for over 35 years both in the US Air Force and as a support contractor for NASA. During his career, he has provided system safety support for expendable launch vehicles, satellite and launch vehicle facilities, and payloads flying both on expendable launch vehicles and the space shuttle. He provided support for both payloads and for the Joint DOD – NASA Payload Safety Review panel for US Air Force payloads such as the Defense Support Program, the Inertial Upper Stage, Global Positioning System, Space Test Experiments Platform, and the NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens scientific mission to Saturn. Mr. Gregg teaches a number of courses in system safety for NASA and has taught payload safety for the last ten years. Mr. Gregg is a Certified Safety Professional in System Safety. He was honoured in 1997 as the Educator of the Year by the System Safety Society, and has been awarded the Silver Snoopy by NASA Astronauts for contributions to space-flight safety.

Paul Kirkpatrick

Paul Kirkpatrick works for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. Mr. Kirkpatrick has worked at KSC for 20 years after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. During his time at KSC, he worked with the Space Shuttle at Launch Complex 39B and performing Solid Rocket Booster retrieval operations. Subsequent to those activities, he became a Payload Safety Engineer (PSE) in support of the Shuttle/Station Ground Safety Review Panel. He served as the Lead Ground PSE for significant major payloads such as the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite, all three Space Radar Missions, Chandra X-Ray Telescope and the first five ISS assembly missions as well as Mars Pathfinder and Deep Space-1. Mr. Kirkpatrick is currently the Chairman of the Ground Safety Review Panel. Paul continued his Coast Guard career, retiring for the Reserve in 2002. Mr. Kirkpatrick is also the Chairman of the Technical Training Committee with the IAASS. Paul has received numerous awards included the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the Silver Snoopy.

Who are the IAASS?

The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to furthering international cooperation and scientific advancement in the field of space systems safety. In October 2004 IAASS became member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). For more information please visit The philosophy of the IAASS is best summed up in the following:
“Over the long run the safety of all human beings in the global commons of space is a responsibility that must be shared by all space-faring powers” (G. Rodney, NASA Associated Administrator S&MA 40th IAF Congress, October 1989, Beijing – China)

Course Syllabus

The course syllabus is available at;


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