Acquisition reform has caused the cancellation or conversion of many military specifications and standards. One of the standards targeted for conversion by Air Force Material Command (AFMC) was MIL-STD-1540. The standard provides details for the testing of launch, upper stage, and space vehicles. AFMC requested that MIL-STD-1540C be converted from a standard to an alternative form of documentation. To answer this request, The Aerospace Corporation and Space and Missile Systems Center used an innovative approach to develop a document that retained the value of the original standard. The new document is MIL-PRF-1540 (a Military Performance Specification). MIL-PRF-1540 is intended for use in the Request For Proposal (RFP) instructions for new procurements of space hardware. The value of MIL-STD-1540C was retained by incorporating it into the already existing MIL-HDBK-340. The revised handbook, MIL-HDBK-340A, is referenced by MIL-PRF-1540 as guidelines only.
MIL-PRF-1540, A Performance Specification for Design and Product Verification of Space Hardware
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Carole Tanner, Charles Moening; MIL-PRF-1540, A Performance Specification for Design and Product Verification of Space Hardware. Journal of the IEST 14 March 1998; 41 (2): 19–22. doi: https://doi.org/10.17764/jiet.41.2.y448857752727765
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