Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center (AFMC)

Los Angeles Air Force Base, California 90009-2960

Acquisition Management


This regulation establishes policies, procedures and assigns responsibilities for the test program of SMC space vehicle acquisitions.

1. Policy All SMC space programs shall use MIL-STD-1540 in planning and implementing space vehicle test programs.

2. Background MIL-STD-1540, "Test Requirements for Space Vehicles" sets forth the general ground test requirements for SMC space system programs. It is based upon test programs currently used in achieving successful space missions. The extensive ground testing to which space vehicles are subjected is intended to ensure their successful launch and orbital operations. Program office tailoring of the MIL-STD-1540 baseline to meet particular needs is required and expected. The types of tests and extent of testing will be selected as a result of trade-offs among acceptable risks, testing costs and schedule constraints. MIL-HDBK-34O, "Application Guidelines for MIL-STD-1540; Test Requirements for Space Vehicles", and MIL-HDBK-343, "Design Construction, and Testing For One Of A Kind Space Equipment" provide a consistent technical approach for tailoring MIL-STD-1540 requirements.

3. Definitions

Space Vehicle Any spacecraft, satellite, upper stage or launch vehicle system.

4. Responsibilities and Procedures

a. Each SMC space vehicle program office shall require contractor compliance with MIL-STD-1540, as tailored in accordance with MIL-HDBK-340 and MIL-HDBK-343 to meet specific program requirements.

b. Each SMC program office shall review contractor compliance with paragraph 4.a from proposal evaluation through delivery of the space vehicle. Evidence of the contractor's compliance shall be provided to the system program office as part of design reviews and contractual audits.

c. Instructions for applying and executing this regulation are provided by SMC Regulation 540-15 (Systems Engineering Policy). Any program director who does not apply and execute this regulation, as required by SMCR 540-15, shall immediately request a waiver from the Commander.

Edward P. Barry, Jr.

Lieutenant General, USAF