The Defense Department‘s Office of Inspector General has called for a root cause analysis and implementation of corrective measures to address contractor nonconformities identified during a review of quality management practices under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program.
DoD OIG made the recommendation to the heads of the EELV System Program Office and the Defense Contract Management Agency in a report published Dec. 20.
The OIG said it discovered a total of 181 nonconformities with the Aerospace Standard 9100C at multiple production facilities operated by EELV contractors.
The department’s EELV System Program Office procures launch services from United Launch Alliance and SpaceX to launch U.S. military and intelligence space vehicles.
Aerojet Rocketdyne provides the RL-10 engine that ULA uses on the latter’s Delta IV and Atlas V rockets.
DoD OIG asked EELV SPO and DCMA leaders to develop a corrective action plan meant to help all three companies comply with AS9100C requirements.