Pentagon investigators have found that Air Force rocket programs have a poopy problem with messy factories and sloppy procedures that could endanger military launches.
The new report found “animal feces” in an Aerojet Rocketdyne test area for rocket motors used aboard the military’s Atlas and Delta Rockets. At rocket upstart SpaceX, investigators found bottles of soda and personal items in a rocket-testing area that was supposed to be kept clear of debris. At United Launch Alliance, investigators found workers didn’t follow procedures to prevent electrostatic issues, leaving rocket parts vulnerable to damage,
The 26-page report, which found 181 distinct quality control issues, slammed the Air Force Space Command’s rocket-buying program, saying leaders “did not perform adequate quality assurance.” The command is based at Peterson Air Force Base.
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