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Free trip into orbit, strapped to external fuel tank, bat-style? - Mark's Journal
Free trip into orbit, strapped to external fuel tank, bat-style?
A Friendswood man pleaded guilty Monday to selling NASA a space shuttle part that prosecutors allege could have endangered astronauts’ lives.

Richard J. Harmon, 60, the former owner of Cornerstone Machining Inc. in Alvin, pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge of fraud involving a space vehicle part. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes scheduled Harmon’s sentencing for June when he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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ruhe From: ruhe Date: March 31st, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

There are some real problems in the space industry with parts pedigree work. There's also a lot of pressure put on cost versus (and sometimes over) performance specifications, so sometimes bad things happen.
perisoft From: perisoft Date: March 31st, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Funny how it's the always the littlest guy on the totem pole who's going to the slammer, isn't it?
sethrates From: sethrates Date: March 31st, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nah, that would just keep the external fuel tank from meeting specifications either. Aerodynamics and all that.
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