Proceedings PaperMaintenance And Reliability Of Optical Instruments In Space
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The panel discussion covered a variety of topics, emphasizing the most frequent failure modes and the available methods for decreasing their probability. Failure of the satellite itself, which has taken the heaviest toll of space-optics experiments, is of course, beyond the control of the experimenter. Failures and degradations within the optical sensor itself in the past have been most frequently due to the associated electronics. However components and techniques have been greatly improved and so this probably will no longer be true in the near future.