DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE SMC REGULATION 540-15
Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center (AFMC)
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California 90009-2960
SMC Field Activity Management Policy
SYSTEMS ENGINEERING POLICY
This regulation establishes my policy for applying Systems Engineering Acquisition Regulations to SMC (DAC and PEO) spacecraft, launch vehicle, ground system and ballistic missile programs. This policy is effective immediately and will be complied with by all SMC Program Directors.
1. Policy All SMC Program Directors will comply with the SMC regulations listed in TABLE I. (This compliance is between the Commander and SPO directors. Unless otherwise specified, there is no implication that these regulations must be rigidly imposed upon contractors. It is the program director's prerogative as to how to assure compliance.)
TABLE I SMC REG# TITLE OF REGULATION 800-10 Space Vehicle Testing 800-16 Moving Mechanical Assembilies 800-17 Mishap/Anomaly Notification, Reporting and Investigation 800-18 "B" Nuts and Other Separable Fluid Fittings 800-19 Multi-dimensional Interactive Gas Flow/Grain Structural Analysis for Solid Rocket Motors 800-20 Honeycomb Sandwich Structures 800-21 Independent Pedigree Reviews 800-22 Independent Safety Assessment(OLD 540-17) 800-23 Locking Features for Threaded Devices 800-24 Space Systems Engineering 800-25 Readiness Reviews (OLD 540-11) 800-26 Independent Verification and Validation (OLD 540-13) 800-27 Use of Tin on Electrical Components for Space Vehicles 800-28 Independent Mass Properties, Stability and Control Analyses of Spacecraft and Launch Vehicles (OLD 540-4) 800-29 Stress and Fracture Mechanics Analyses of Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Structures (OLD 540-25) 800-30 Independent Structural Loads Analyses of Integrated Spacecraft, Launch Vehicles, and Transporter Systems (OLD 540-5) TABLE I (CONTINUED) 800-31 Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) (OLD 540-10) 800-32 Conformal Coating of Electrical Components 800-33 Performance Margins for Launch Vehicles 800-34 Management of Parts, Materials, and Processes (OLD 540-12; Electronic Piece Parts)
Over several decades, SMC has established a reputation as the world leader in Space Systems Engineering. We will maintain that leadership by emphasizing the 'normalization of space'. New space systems will stress standardization and interoperability. This means that we must distribute ideas and information across all programs to enact optimum and uniform systems engineering approaches, processes and procedures.
SMC Commander's Policies were first issued in 1972 as a result of several mission failures. Their intent was to enhance mission success based on lessons learned in systems design, technical analysis, and in manufacturing and test processes. That original intent continues to be valid today.
3. Responsibilities and Procedures (Grandfather Clause) It is not my intent to delay existing programs by pervasively imposing the above policies retroactively; considerable latitude will be provided for programs that have progressed beyond the development phase of their acquisition. However, non-compliance with this regulation must be examined closely and on a case-by-case basis. Requests to deviate from this regulation need to be raised and resolved rapidly. Therefore, any program unable to comply with this regulation shall submit a waiver request to me within 120 days of the date of this document but no later than Mission Readiness Review (MRR).
In addition, each IRR shall delineate any non-compliance with
these regulations and provide recommendations for corrective actions.
At the MRR, each program office shall provide a summary of compliance
with this policy along with particulars of any non-compliance.