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Power delivery over the mission life is critical to all satellites; therefore solar arrays must be reliable and live up to predicted on-orbit performance. Space satellite insurance claims were particularly high from 1998 to 2001. This has caused both a negative perception and a financial impact on the satellite industry as a whole due to increased insurance rates. These factors then affect the quality and services provided by commercial satellite operators. In reality, solar arrays are the cause of a large percentage of these satellite anomalies.
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