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NASA science mission failures due to faulty materials from partner

NASA science mission failures due to faulty materials from partner”

That is why we require and pay for certain components to be tested and certified by the supplier.

The launch vehicle's fairing, a clamshell structure that carries the satellite as it travels through the atmosphere, didn't fully open, causing the unsuccessful launch, according to a statement from NASA. "In this case, our trust was severely violated".

Faulty materials provided by aluminum manufacturer Sapa Profiles Inc.

"Corporate and personal greed perpetuated this fraud against the government and other private customers, and this resolution holds these companies accountable for the harm caused by their scheme". Again, the payload failed to properly separate from the rocket, and it was a total loss.

A little more than a decade ago, on February 24, 2009, a Taurus XL rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying a NASA satellite created to measure carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Small explosives cause that part, called the payload fairing rail frangible joint, to separate and fall away from the rocket.

"NASA relies on the integrity of our industry throughout the supply chain", said Jim Norman, agency director for Launch Services, in a new release.

"While we do perform our own testing, NASA is not able to retest every single component.When testing results are altered and certifications are provided falsely, missions fail", Norman said.

NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP) isolated the malfunction to the aluminium joint materials that had failed to break as part of an investigation of the Taurus XL failures.

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 USA space agency.

The exclusion from government contracting has been in effect since September 20, 2015. NASA has also proposed the Hydro Extrusion Portlant Inc., formerly known as SPI, be debarred as well.

Sapa, which has since changed its name to Hydro Extrusion Portland, agreed to pay $46 million to the US government and other commercial customers - which doesn't even come close to the $700 million NASA lost as a result of Taurus XL failures.

Sapa Profiles, which now goes by the name Hydro Extrusion Portland, has agreed to pay out over $46 million for their false claims that resulted in mission failures, which is really just a drop in the bucket when you consider the $700 million price tag for the missions.

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