SMC-S-016 (2014), AFSC SPACE AND MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER STANDARD: TEST REQUIREMENTS FOR LAUNCH, UPPER-STAGE, AND SPACE VEHICLES (05-SEP-2014) [SUPERSEDING SMC-S-016 (2008)]
SMC-S-016 (2014), AFSC SPACE AND MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER
STANDARD: TEST REQUIREMENTS FOR LAUNCH, UPPER-STAGE, AND SPACE VEHICLES (05-SEP-2014) [SUPERSEDING SMC-S-016 (2008)]., This standard defines the Government\'s requirements and expectations for Contractor performance in defense system acquisitions and technology developments.
This revised SMC standard comprises the text of The Aerospace Corporation report number TR-RS-2014-00016, entitled Test Requirements for Launch, Upper-Stage, and Space Vehicles, (Supersedes TR-2004 (8583)-1 Rev-A) and dated June 25, 2014.
This Standard establishes the environmental and structural ground testing requirements for launch
vehicles, upper-stage vehicles, space vehicles, and their subsystems and units. In addition, a uniform set
of definitions of related terms is established.
his standard is applicable to the procurement of space system hardware as a compliance document for the establishment of baseline test requirements. The test requirements herein focus on design verification and the identification of latent defects to help ensure a high level of confidence in achieving successful space missions.
This standard establishes the qualification test strategy as the baseline set of test requirements. This strategy consists of testing dedicated hardware to qualification levels to verify design, followed by acceptance testing of flight hardware to screen workmanship defects and demonstrate performance.