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NASA Says $700 Million in Rocket Failures Caused by Fraudster Company

Subpar aluminum parts manufactured by Sapa Profiles, Inc. (SPI) led to the failure of two NASA satellite launches in 2009 and 2011, resulting in losses of $700 million, the US space agency stated[pdf] on Tuesday.

SPI tried to hide the poor quality of the aluminum parts it supplied to NASA by “brazenly falsifying test results,” a US Attorney told the US Department of Justice. The company also “provided the false test results to hundreds of customers across the country, all to increase corporate profits and obtain production-based bonuses.” SPI defrauded the NASA, the Department of Defense and other entities for 19 years and now needs to pay $46 million to NASA and other affected customers.

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