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Common Risk Criteria Standards for National Test Ranges

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Technical Report

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Range Commanders Council White Sands Missile Range United States

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This is the foundational document that defines consensus standards for the range risk management process and risk criteria. The companion document Supplement to RCC 321-10, available to RCC members with private portal access provides additional detailed information to assist in implementation of the standards. This document and its supplement are intended to provide a baseline for defining acceptable risks for hazardous range operations and to assist the user in the development and implementation of robust risk assessments. Planned and unplanned hazardous events generated by flight operations present a safety concern for all test ranges. Each range has established its own set of criteria and analytical methods for protecting personnel, facilities, aircraft, and other assets from hazardous operations. Although these separate efforts have been very successful, the logical relationships among criteria used at the test ranges and across different hazards are often difficult to comprehend. The consensus standards presented in this document are intended to a. Promote a common set of safety standards and process among the ranges b. Promote valid, repeatable risk assessments c. Facilitate innovation to support challenging missions d. Nurture openness and trustworthiness among the ranges, range users, and the public e. Simplify the scheduling process f. Present common risk criteria that can reduce cost for users of multiple test ranges.This document establishes the following a. Acceptable risk criteria for both the general public involuntary acceptance and mission-essential personnel voluntary acceptance, excluding people in the launch or reentry vehicle b. Debris injury thresholds for unprotected people c. Debris hazard thresholds for aircraft and ships d. Vulnerability models for large commercial transport aircraft and business-class jets e. Approach for evaluating flight hazards to critical assets.

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