A Supplier delivered faulty aluminum to NASA for 20 years and falsified reports, causing 2 missions to fail
NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory launches aboard the Minotaur V rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Sapa Profiles, Inc. (SPI), an Oregon-based aluminum extrusion manufacturer, had been sending NASA faulty aluminum for rocket parts. The company had also been fraudulently altering test results and falsifying certifications. These faulty parts led to the failure of two science missions.
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