NASA was sold faulty rocket parts for nearly 20 years

01 Mai, 2019, 19:59 | Auteur: Therese Cote

However, a joint investigation involving NASA and the Justice Department revealed that the problem was caused by aluminum extrusion maker Sapa Profiles, which falsified critical tests over 19 years. For nearly two decades, employees would doctor failing numbers or violate other testing standards, such as increasing the speed of testing machines or using sample sizes that didn't meet specifications.

A metals manufacturer faked test results and provided faulty materials to NASA, causing more than US$700 million in losses and two failed satellite launch missions, according to an investigation by the United States space agency.

"They then provided the false test results to hundreds of customers across the country, all to increase corporate profits and obtain production-based bonuses", wrote G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory mission in 2009 and Glory mission in 2011 didn't reach orbit and broke-up on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere after payloads failed to separate from Taurus XL rockets.

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News of the satellite failures comes a week after Norsk Hydro ASA, the current parent company of Sapa, agreed to pay US$46 million to NASA, the Department of Defence and others to resolve criminal charges and civil claims related to the fraud, which took place from 1996 to 2015.

NASA relies on the integrity of our industry throughout the supply chain.

Jim Norman, NASA's director for Launch Services at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said that while NASA does perform its own testing, they are not able to retest every single component which is why they require and pay for certain parts to be tested and certified by the supplier. When testing results are altered and certifications are provided falsely, missions fail.

To protect the government supply chain, NASA suspended SPI from government contracting and proposed SPI for government-wide debarment.The exclusion from government contracting has been in effect since September 30, 2015.NASA also has proposed debarment for Hydro Extrusion Portland, Inc., formerly known as SPI, and the company now is excluded from contracting throughout the federal government. "In this case, our trust was severely violated".

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