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SpaceX Earns Aerospace Quality Management System Registration AS 9100:2009 Rev C from NSF International Strategic Registrations

By SpaceRef Editor
September 19, 2012
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SpaceX leads the industry in commitment to quality and safety through earning registration from NSF-ISR

ANN ARBOR, Mich. and HAWTHORNE, Calif. (September 19, 2012) – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), which designs, manufactures and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft, has earned AS 9100 Rev C registration from NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR), a leading provider of quality management systems registrations worldwide. AS 9100 Rev C registration reinforces SpaceX’s commitment to quality and leadership in the aerospace industry.

AS 9100 Rev C is the latest edition of the Aerospace Quality Management standard (AQMS) and is designed to meet the stringent and complex demands of the defense and commercial aerospace industry. It includes nearly 100 additional aerospace-specific requirements and is based on the International Organization for Standardization quality management system standard ISO 9001.

Earning AS 9100 Rev C registration from NSF-ISR demonstrates that SpaceX has implemented a comprehensive Aerospace Quality Management System (AQMS) focused on areas directly impacting product safety and reliability. These include risk management and control, design processes that meet reliability requirements, supplier quality, product realization and product monitoring and measurement.

“SpaceX strives to produce the most advanced launch vehicles in the world. Ensuring that we have the best quality management system in place is a key to ensuring the safety and quality of our aerospace designs and launches,” said Katherine Nelson, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for SpaceX. “Earning AS 9100 Rev C registration from NSF-ISR demonstrates our commitment to quality to our customers and the public.”

“AS 9100 Rev C sets a high bar for quality and defines rigorous standards for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations. SpaceX has met the stringent demands of a robust quality management system which demonstrates their commitment and leadership to quality aerospace design and management,” said NSF-ISR Aerospace Quality Program Manager Marty Willems.

To learn more about NSF-ISR’s aerospace quality services, contact Don Sinkway at 949-748-9590 or You can also visit

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF International Aerospace Quality Manager Marty Willems, contact Kelly Nichols at or 734-827-6850.

About SpaceX: SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft. With a diverse manifest of more than 40 launches to resupply the space station and deliver commercial and government satellites to orbit, SpaceX is the world’s fastest growing launch services provider. In 2012, SpaceX made history when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle to successfully attach to the International Space Station – a feat previously achieved by only four governments. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are carrying cargo, and one day will carry astronauts, to and from the space station for NASA. Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners. The company has more than 1,800 employees in California, Texas, Florida and Washington, DC. For more information, visit

About NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR): NSF-ISR, an NSF International Company, offers a comprehensive portfolio of management systems registration solutions to meet the demands of the global marketplace ( NSF-ISR is recognized by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) to provide ISO/TS 16949 registrations in the automotive sector. NSF-ISR provides registrations for the following programs: ISO 9001, AS 9100/10/20, ISO 13485, ISO 20000-1, ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, ISO 14001, Responsible Care (RC) 14001, Responsible Care Management Systems (RCMS), OHSAS 18001, American Tree Farm System and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) through ANAB accreditation as well as Greenhouse Gas Verification/Validation and SFI Chain of Custody (CoC) through ANSI accreditation.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent public health and safety organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment ( Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 150 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

CONTACT: Kelly Nichols
NSF International
Phone: 734-827-6850

SpaceRef staff editor.