ECSS-Q-40A – Safety (19 April 1996)

This standard has been cancelled and replaced by ECSS-Q-40B (17 May 2002).


This standard defines the safety programme and the technical safety requirements that shall be implemented in order to comply with the ECSS Safety Policy as defined in ECSS–Q–00. It is intended to protect flight and ground personnel, the launch vehicle, associated payloads, ground support equipment, the general public, public and private property, and the environment from hazards associated with European space systems.

The ECSS safety policy is applied by implementing a deterministic safety programme, supported by probabilistic risk assessment, which may be summarised as follows: