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Company faked NASA tests and ruined missions worth $700m

Company faked NASA tests and ruined missions worth $700m

Technology
A company which manufactured aluminium components for NASA faked test results over 19 years, leading to the destruction of two space missions worth $ 700m (£536m).A NASA investigation into the root cause for two failed launches in 2009 and 2011 discovered that materials produced by Sapa Profiles Inc (SPI) were faulty. SPI was found to have falsified thousands of certifications for aluminium extrusions for hundreds of customers in a 19-year scheme.The company is a unit of Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest suppliers of aluminium. Norsk agreed to pay $ 46m back to NASA for the failures, less than 7% of the damage it caused.The two launches, one of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) and another for a satellite called Glory which would have observed aerosol pollution, failed within ...
Suspect in case of Russian journalist who faked his own death denies plot

Suspect in case of Russian journalist who faked his own death denies plot

World
The man accused of organizing the assassination of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko -- who faked his own death in order to avoid the alleged plot -- denied the allegations in court in Kiev today and in a strange twist said he was cooperating with the Ukrainian government. Prosecutors at the Shevchensky District court on Tuesday accused Borys Herman of arranging the alleged murder plot on behalf of Russian intelligence, alleging that he had hired a Ukrainian hitman to kill Babchenko in return for $ 40,000. Ukraine’s SBU security service got wind of the alleged plot and then conceived the elaborate sting operation with Babchenko in which they pretended that the assassination had been successful. The hoax was believed around the world, including by Babchenko’s friends a...