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    NASA satellite launch fails caused by metals fraud - DOJ legal document

    NASA satellite launch fails caused by metals fraud. Publicized last week.

    NASA Launch Services Program (LSP) investigators have determined the technical root cause for the Taurus XL launch failures of NASAís Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) and Glory missions in 2009 and 2011, respectively: faulty materials provided by aluminum manufacturer, Sapa Profiles, Inc. (SPI).

    LSPís technical investigation led to the involvement of NASAís Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). DOJís efforts, recently made public, resulted in the resolution of criminal charges and alleged civil claims against SPI, and its agreement to pay $46 million to the U.S. government and other commercial customers. This relates to a 19-year scheme that included falsifying thousands of certifications for aluminum extrusions to hundreds of customers.


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