Press Release

United Space Alliance Selects AssurX’s CATSWeb for Enterprise-Wide Non-Conformance and Corrective Action Management System to Support Human Space Flig

By SpaceRef Editor
August 17, 2004
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United Space
Alliance, the prime contractor for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, has
selected AssurX’s CATSWeb quality tracking application to manage
non-conformances and corrective actions to support human space flight
operations. This multi-year contract of over $2,000,000 will allow USA
to implement a common quality tracking system for over 8,000 users in
all operating groups, NASA customer organizations, and selected
strategic business partners.

Dick Beagley, USA’s Vice President for Safety, Quality and Mission
Assurance, championed the integration of USA’s numerous
non-conformance and corrective action systems into AssurX’s CATSWeb
application. Beagley stated, “The integration of USA’s systems into a
single system will standardize processes across multiple Space Shuttle
elements, improve data trending and corrective action monitoring, and
provide a better platform for data mining to strengthen our safety

According to Shawn Pifer, Director USA Program Integration
Technical Information Systems, “After extensive evaluation, we
selected CATSWeb because it scored significantly higher than any other
system we evaluated including in-house developed solutions. We were
looking for an easy-to-use solution to integrate our existing
information systems and processes. In addition to providing secure
electronic signature controls and audit trail functionality, we can
add automation specific to our workflows without making changes to the
core program. We were also impressed by AssurX’s extensive and
successful installed customer base.”

“We are proud to have come through USA’s extensive evaluation
process as the system of choice. The AssurX Enterprise Solutions
Group, comprised of quality assurance and technology experts, will
work with USA to create a process rooted in industry best practices
for use across the enterprise,” said Sal Lucido of AssurX, Inc.
“Because AssurX designed CATSWeb to be configured by customers
themselves, the different USA operating groups will then be able to
further set up the process to meet their unique requirements. This
represents the best of both worlds: an off-the-shelf enterprise
standard that can be configured to meet the customer’s specific

About United Space Alliance

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, United Space Alliance is one of
the world’s leading space operations companies offering products and
services in space flight training, space hardware processing, launch
and return operations and on-orbit operations. USA manages and
conducts space operations work involving the operation and maintenance
of multi-purpose space systems, including systems associated with
NASA’s human space flight program, the Space Shuttle and International
Space Station. Established in 1995 as a Limited Liability Company
(LLC), USA is equally owned by The Boeing Company and
Lockheed Martin Corporation and employs more than 10,000
people in Texas, Florida, Alabama, California, Washington, D.C., and

About AssurX, Inc.

AssurX, Inc. provides companies with best-of-breed enterprise-wide
global solutions for their quality tracking needs. CATSWeb is a proven
leader as the industry’s quality tracking software of choice — used
at FDA-regulated and ISO/QS 9000 certified companies around the world.
CATSWeb is a zero client application that can be accessed from any
computer, running any operating system, with any web browser, anywhere
and anytime that an Internet or intranet connection is available.
AssurX is headquartered in Morgan Hill, CA with satellite offices
throughout North America. More information about CATSWeb and AssurX
can be found at or by calling Tamar June, 408-778-1376,
ext. 705.

SpaceRef staff editor.