SMC Commander 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. The rationale for creating Commander's Policies still exists at SMC.
The Policies identify critical lessons learned which can still impact mission success. As downsizing of the Air Force and retirements of Air Force and Aerospace experts occur, the need for standing policies becomes even more critical. The various policies and regulations are summarized below, with full text available where noted.
(UPDATE 24 OCTOBER 1995)
-A TABLE OF NAMES AND INFORMATION (also, publication status) on the various authors/experts on the various technical policies is available.
- Chief Engineer's Corner ORBITER Article on Commander's Policies
540-15 Systems Engineering Policy establishes the policy for applying SystemsEngineering Acquisition Regulations to SMC (DAC and PEO) spacecraft, launch vehicle, ground system and ballistic missile programs.
800-12 Readiness Review Process for Space and Missile Systems (Draft Revision) establishes responsibilities and procedures for implementing the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Readiness Review process for systems for which the Space and Missile Systems Center Commander (SMC/CC), Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space (AFPEO/SPACE), or the Commander for Special Programs (SAFSP/CC) has mission success responsibility. See SMC Pamphlet 800-11 for detailed guidance on IRRs.
800-10 Space Vehicle Testing establishes policies, procedures and assigns responsibilities for the test program of SMC space vehicle acquisitions.
800-16 Moving Mechanical Assembilies establishes policies and procedures and assigns responsibilities for SMC program office acquisitions that contain moving mechanical assemblies for space and launch applications.
800-17 Mishap/Anomaly Notification, Reporting and Investigation establishes the SMC/CC's policies and procedures to expedite the notification, reporting and investigation of all mishaps involving SMC personnel, programs , and equipment. (This policy in no way supersedes nor modifies AFI 91-204 (AFR 127-4 Investigating and Reporting US Air Force Mishaps.)
800-18 B-Nuts and Other Separable Fluid Fittings establishes policies and procedures and assigns responsibilities for SMC program office acquisitions that contain plumbing connections for pressurized systems in SMC launch and space vehicle programs.
800-19 Multi-dimensional Interactive Gas Flow/Grain StructuralAnalysis for Solid Rocket Motors establishes policies and procedures and assigns responsibilities for SMC program offices to implement multi-dimensional interactive gas flow/grain structural analysis for segmented or monolithic solid rocket motors (SRM) with full or partial cylindrical perforated grain.
800-20 Honeycomb Sandwich Structures
establishes policies and procedures and assigns
responsibilities for SMC program office acquisitions that contain
honeycomb sandwich structures in spacecraft and launch vehicle
800-21 Independent Pedigree Reviews establishes policy and procedures and assigns responsibilities for assessing the flightworthiness of critical SMC space system hardware elements by means of independent pedigree reviews.
800-22 Independent Safety Assessment(OLD 540-17) establishes policies and procedures and assigns responsibilities for SMC program offices to obtain an independent assessment of mishap risk reduction activities.
800-23 Locking Features for Threaded Devices establishes guidelines and procedures and assigns responsibilities for use of locking features on threaded devices in SMC program office acquisitions.
800-24 Space Systems Engineering develops and implements an SMC Systems Engineering Process. The process ensures implementation of MIL-STD-499B systems engineering for the entire SMC system across all SMC acquisition and support activities.
800-25 Readiness Reviews (OLD 540-11) establishes policy and procedures for the readiness review process that establishes mission readiness, assesses mission risks and recommends corrective actions.
800-26 Independent Verification and Validation (OLD 540-13) establishes policy and procedures and assigns responsibilities for software independent verification and validation (IV & V).
800-27 Use of Tin on Electrical Components for Space Vehicles
establishes policies, procedures and assigns responsibilities
for SMC program office acquisitions that contain electrical components
in SMC launch and space vehicle programs..
800-28 Independent Mass Properties, Stability and Control Analysesof Spacecraft and Launch Vehicles (OLD 540-4) establishes policies, procedures and assigns responsibilities for SMC program offices to implement independent mass properties, stability and control analyses for spacecraft and launch vehicle acquisitions. See SMC Pamphlet 800-4 for detailed guidance.
800-29 Stress and Fracture Mechanics Analyses of Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Structures (OLD 540-25) establishes policies, procedures, and assigns responsibilities for SMC program office acquisitions that contain pressure vessels or pressurized structures in launch or space vehicle applications.
800-30 Independent Structural Loads Analyses of Integrated Spacecraft, Launch Vehicles, and Transporter Systems (OLD 540-5) establishes policies and procedures and assigns responsibilities for Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) space programs to obtain independent structural dynamic loads analyses of integrated spacecraft/launch vehicle systems and of a limited class of integrated space vehicle/transporter systems.
800-31 Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)(OLD 540-10) establishes policies and procedures and assigns responsibilities for SMC program office acquisitions to obtain Failure Mode, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) for spacecraft, launch vehicle, ground system and user equipment applications.
800-32 Conformal Coating of Electrical Components establishes policies and procedures and assigns responsibilities for SMC program office acquisitions that contain certain types of electrical components in SMC launch and space vehicles programs and their associated ground equipment.
800-33 Performance Margins for Launch Vehicles is applicable to all space launch vehicle programs including (a) multistage launch vehicles, (b) single stage launch vehicles, and (c) upper stages. The policy provides standardization and control of performance margin for space launch vehicles during design, modification and operational phases.
800-34 Management of Parts, Materials, and Processes (OLD 540-12;Electronic Piece Parts) provides the policies and objectives governing the management, selection, application and purchase of space quality parts, materials, and processes (PMP) for use in high reliability space systems (e.g., satellites, boosters, and upper stages).
800-35 Manufacturing and Repair Processes for Propulsion Systems [DRAFT ONLY!!] requires that changes to manufacturing processes and repair procedures after product qualification be formally validated, documented and disclosed for all Space and Missiles Center (SMC) programs utilizing liquid and/or solid propulsion systems.
800-36 Space Debris
[DRAFT ONLY - NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME]
establishes policy and procedures for mitigating
space debris for all space systems for which the Space and Missile
Systems Center Commander (SMC/CC) and the Air Force Program Executive
Officer (AFPEO/SP) has responsibility.
SMC PAMPHLET 800-4 Independent Stability and Control Analyses of Spacecraft and Launch Vehicles recommends practices and serves as a guide for implementing the SMC Regulation 800-28; Commander's Policy on "Independent Stability and Control Analyses of Spacecraft and Launch Vehicles".
SD PAMPHLET 800-11 Guide for Independent Readiness Reviews recommends practices and serves as a guide for implementing those portions of SMC Regulation 800-12 pertinent to Expendable Launch Vehicle IRRs.
Derived from COMMANDER'S POLICY & SMC REGULATIONS