Aluminum Scam Led to Two NASA Mission Failures

Aluminum Scam Led to Two NASA Mission Failures

The NASA Launch Services Platform investigation led to the involvement of the NASA Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The fraud concerned associate American state company referred to as Sapa Profiles, that falsified thousands of certifications for metal components over nineteen years for many customers, as well as independent agency.

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Taurus XL rockets were used for both the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, which carried carbon dioxide research equipment, and Glory, which was intended for climate research. The launch vehicle's fairing, a clamshell assembly that transmits the satellite because it travels through the atmosphere, did not absolutely open, inflicting the unsuccessful launch, in step with an announcement from independent agency. The Taurus T8 mission failed because the payload fairing did not separate during ascent, causing the rocket to not shed weight. This suspension has been in effect since September 2015. Commenting on the investigaiton oucome, manda Mitskevich, LSP program manager at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida states: "It has taken a long time to get here, involving years of investigation and testing, but as of today, it has been worth every minute, and I am extremely pleased with the entire team's efforts". "That is why we require and pay for certain components to be tested and certified by the supplier", Jim Norman, NASA's director for Launch Services, said in a statement. "In this case, our trust was severely violated". The problem is that after the faked results, NASA has been supplied with faulty materials that had caused more than $700 million losses. The Company has chose to pay $64 million to NASA, the Department of Defense, and other companies that have revealed the fraud from 1996 to 2015. As a result of the extra weight, the Taurus rocket failed to reach orbital velocity, resulting in a total loss of the mission.

A NASA investigation has found that one of its suppliers for rocket parts has been defrauding the space agency for nearly 20 years. NASA has also proposed that SPI receive a government-wide debarment, a move that would bar the company from applying for any government contract in the future. According to the court documents released on April 23 by the US Department of Justice, the company ran a 19-year criminal scheme that defrauded NASA, the Department of Defence, and other entities.

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