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Science Briefing

Fake parts plague NASA spacecraft

March 07, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

NASA and the aerospace industry are grappling with an escalating problem of counterfeit parts installed on spacecraft, the agency's head said.

"We find out about it while [the part is] sitting atop a rocket or, worse, find out about it in space," Christopher Scolese, NASA's acting administrator, told a House subcommittee Thursday.

Although NASA has contended with fake parts for years, the problem is growing, with foreign firms and counterfeiters manufacturing equipment that ends up in NASA's supply chain, he told reporters.

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