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Unformatted text preview: had a rebirth under TQM. A collection of currently popular techniques of this new quality engineering is known as Taguchi methods. For first-hand information on Taguchi methods, see his book, Quality Engineering in Production Systems, 1989. A handbook approach to to some of these techniques can be found in the NASA Systems Engineering Handbook Integrating Engineering Specialties Into the Systems Engineering Process Navy's Producibility Measurement Methodologies for Product Integrity. 6.8 Guidelines: Social Acceptability NASA systems must be acceptable to the society that funds them. The system engineer takes this into account by integrating mandated social concerns into the systems engineering process. For some systems, these concerns can result in significant design and cost penalties. Even when social concerns can be met, the planning and analysis associated with doing so can be time-consuming (even to the extent of affecting the project's critical path), and use significant specialized engineering resources. The system engineer must include these costs in high-level trade studies of alternative architectures/designs. 6.8.1 Environmental Impact NASA policy and federal law require all NASA actions that may impact the quality of the environment be executed in accordance with the policies and procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For any NASA project or other major NASA effort, this requires that studies and analyses be produced explaining how and why the project is planned, and the nature and scope of its potential environmental impact. These studies must be performed whether the project is conducted at NASA Headquarters, a field center, or a contractor facility, and must properly begin at the earliest period of project planning (i.e., not later than Phase A). Findings, in the form of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and, if warranted, through the more thorough analyses of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), must be presented to the public for review and comment. (See sidebar on NEPA.) At the outset, some NASA projects will be of such a magnitude and nature that an EIS is clea...
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