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NASA blames fraud for satellite failures : Faked test results led to faulty parts that caused $700 million in losses, agency says.

May 02, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

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

The fraud involved an Oregon company, Sapa Profiles Inc., which falsified thousands of certifications for aluminum parts over 19 years for hundreds of customers, including NASA.

The bad parts were used in the making of Taurus XL, a rocket that was supposed to deliver satellit...