Aviation Safety

Since 2011, Metis has supported NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) by providing all the aviation subject matter experts who analyze voluntarily submitted aviation safety incident reports in order to lessen the likelihood of aviation accidents. We analyze over 100,000 reports annually and integrate data from directly submitted reports and over 160 Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) programs. Metis briefs FAA monthly on aviation safety analysis results and trends. We also provide human-factors based research into safety topics, and make significant contributions to program outreach, including the production of the monthly CALLBACK publication: asrs.arc.nasa.gov

ASRS data and analyses are used to:

  • Identify deficiencies and discrepancies in the National Airspace System (NAS).
  • Support policy formulation and planning for, and improvements to the NAS.
  • Strengthen the foundation of aviation human factors safety research.

Launchpad Safety

Metis provides oversight of hazardous and safety-critical operations at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and other sites, such as Kennedy Space Center, Patrick Space Force Base, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Vandenberg Space Force Base, and other locations in the Eastern Range. Key mission areas of performance include oversight of Flight Termination System integration and checkout; spacecraft fueling/defueling; spacecraft and launch vehicle lifting and transport operations; launch operations; and incident response. Additionally, Metis develops launch safety planning documentation, provide technical reviews for new space lift programs to characterize hazards, perform pad safety training, and provide hazard abatement as part of range safety approval.

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