Russian Mars Mission Thwarted by Counterfeits

Russia’s Phobos-Grunt mission to Mars, which launched in November, has ended with a crash back to Earth.   A computer malfunction, which has been linked to suspected counterfeit electronic components, is deemed to be the culprit (click here for details).  It is a huge disappointment and exemplifies the proliferation of counterfeits even in the most critical of equipment.  This only highlights the importance of standardized inspection and testing.  The IDEA STD-1010B is the only such standard at the moment.  Please contact AERI if you would like to discuss how it can be implemented in your quality control process.

Robb Hammond is the President of AERI and the chair of the Aerospace Industry’s Counterfeit Electronic Components Mitigation Standard for independent distributors, AS6081, which has become one of the industry’s most respected documents, as well as being adopted by the Department of Defense. Robb is one of the foremost thought leaders in the industry on counterfeit detection and speaks regularly at conferences around the globe.

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