2009 News Archive
The following news items contain information believed to be accurate at the publication date listed, but may have been superseded by subsequent events. They are not reviewed or updated after being posted.
Dewey Shipley, a loyal AASC employee, friend, and co-worker, passed away on September 3, 2009 at the age of 61. Born on February 18, 1948 in Stockton to Daisy and George Shipley, Dewey remained a life-long resident. He served his country honorably during the Vietnam War in the Navy.
AASC successfully underwent their three year AS9100 Reaccreditation Audit from August 31st to September 3rd. This was a four day audit that encompassed each major clause in the AS9100 standard. The lead auditor indicated that AASC’s results were significantly better than other companies of AASC’s size and complexity going through the same audit.
This very successful audit outcome proves AASC’s Quality System is alive and well, being adhered throughout the plant at every level within the organization. It is also a testimony to our senior management in that they are committed to the process and understand the importance of maintaining our accreditation and its affect upon our company’s vision and objectives.
This audit was a great collaboration of effort from many individuals both before and during the audit and each person’s contribution is greatly appreciated. Congratulations to all AASC employees for our success and thanks to those who prepared and supported specific audits in:
- Management Responsibility/Review/Customer Satisfaction
- Internal Audit Process
- Corrective and Preventive Process
- Product Design/Configuration Management
- Production Planning/ Manufacturing/First Article Inspection Process
- Purchase Process/Supplier Evaluation/Receiving/Receiving Inspection
- Customer Related Process
- Employee Competency/Training
- Control of Non-conforming Product (NCP)
- Infrastructure/Work Environment
- Customer Property
- Control of Calibrated Equipment
- Monitoring and Measuring of Product/Processes
- Preservation of Property (Inventory Control/Shipping)
Stockton, CA – August 31, 2009 – Applied Aerospace Structures Corp. (AASC) has played an integral part in the completion of the DigitalGlobe WorldView-2 satellite through their fabrication of the Outer Barrel Assembly (OBA) for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
AASC acquired 10 additional acres of property contiguous to its existing 14 acre site. The new property brings forth the opportunity for future facilities expansions.
Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation (AASC) has been awarded a contract by Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) to manufacture and test the composite structure for the Cygnus advanced maneuvering spacecraft.
The Atlantis' STS-125 servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope launched on May 11, 2009. Seven astronauts are embarking on an 11-day mission to install a camera, a radiator, and two batteries, as well as conduct repairs on the 19 year old telescope.
On May 4-5, 2009, an AS9100 audit was conducted at AASC.
A devoted AASC employee, Dominic Abenes, age 53, passed away suddenly on April 23, 2009. Dominic had worked for AASC since 1997 as a General Maintenance worker. Dominic was a dear friend to many, brightening peoples’ days with genuine smiles, an easy-going attitude, and great cooking.
On April 20, 2009, AASC was presented an award from Boeing Satellite Systems for their significant contribution to the MSV program. AASC’s completion and delivery of MSV Structural Assemblies was a vital ingredient in the success of the MSV spacecraft production schedule.
AASC is bonded together in remembrance of our friend and co-worker Dave Hartley. Dave, age 53, died April 18, 2009 in a small plane crash on Mt. Hamilton. Dave was a dedicated AASC veteran for 16 years, beginning his career as a technician and ultimately becoming an aircraft Program Manager.
AASC’s Super Lightweight Interchangeable Carrier (SLIC) hardware is set to launch into space on May 12, 2009. AASC had previously built similar metallic versions of the Hubble pallets/carrier, which is largely why AASC was selected for this program.
AASC is in the process of adding an eighth building to their facility. The construction on Building 8 began in early December, and is anticipated to be complete in April 2009. The new building is 26,250 square feet in size. AASC’s current Building 6 will be transformed into a full manufacturing area dedicated for the Taurus II program. The addition of this building will bring 21,000 more square feet of manufacturing area to AASC. The entire AASC facility will now cover over 271,500 square feet.
AASC was awarded a contract to build EHF Radomes for the US Navy DDG-1000 ship program.