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NASA Technical Standards Program

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Welcome to

Standards And Technical Assistance Resource Tool (START)

Standards and specifications are an essential part of engineering activities. The NTSP provides NASA and on-site contractor engineers with the critical engineering and safety standards needed to perform their functions. START improves the effectiveness of managing standards-based programs and projects with an integrated standards management system.

The NTSP is sponsored by NASA’s Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE).


  • To promote technical excellence and further mission success by enhancing NASA’s technical capabilities through standardization.

  • To facilitate participation in development of voluntary consensus standards and their adaptation for use to meet NASA’s needs.

  • To manage development of NASA technical Standards, Specifications, and Handbooks to meet NASA’s unique needs.

  • To provide the NASA community with access to essential Standards, Specifications, and other documents, related application notes, and lessons learned; notifications when changes to these documents occur; and access to engineering tools from a single access point.

Paul Gill, Manager
NASA Technical Standards Program


United States Standards Strategy (USSS) – Third Edition
The Strategy was developed through the coordinated efforts of a large      ....  more

The proposed update to Circular A-119
The proposed update to Circular A-119 touches on a number of different     ....  more

CCSDS Standards Are Now Available
CCSDS Standards have been added to Standards and Assistance Resource T     ....  more

One Source for the Information You Need
The NASA Technical Standards Program provides NASA Engineers with comp     ....  more

Assurance of Standards Copyright Compliance
NASA is working with IHS to assure that the system provided by IHS wil     ....  more

Approval of Revised Standard, Specification, and Handbook Template Instructions
The template instructions for standards, specifications, and handbooks     ....  more


Standards that are currently being developed or revised and Standards that have been published.