Encyclopedia Astronautica
1965.05.10 - First Article Configuration Inspection (FACI) of Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) 5001 at Sunnyvale.


A team of representatives from NASA, Air Force Space Systems Division, Aerospace, and Lockheed began the First Article Configuration Inspection (FACI) of Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) 5001 at Sunnyvale.

A FACI acceptance team reviewed and evaluated all drawings, specifications, test procedures and reports, component and assembly log books, and qualification and certification documentation relating to GATV 5001. The resulting record of discrepancies then served as a basis for corrective action. FACI, a standard Air Force procedure established in June 1962, was essentially an audit performed by the Air Force with contractor support to reconcile engineering design, as originally released and subsequently modified, with the actual hardware produced. Its purpose was to establish the production configuration base line under which remaining contract end items (in this case, GATV 5002 and up) of the same configuration were to be manufactured and delivered to the Air Force. FACI on GATV 5001 was completed May 26.

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