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16. A recent spate of launching and operating mishaps with television satellites led to a corresponding surge in claims against companies underwriting satellite insurance. As a result, insurance premiums shot up, making satellites more expensive to launch and operate. This, in turn, has added to the pressure to squeeze more performance out of currently operating satellites.
Which of the following, if true, taken together with the information above, best supports the conclusion that the cost of television satellites will continue to increase?

(A) Since the risk to insurers of satellites is spread over relatively few units, insurance premiums are necessarily very high.
(B) When satellites reach orbit and then fail, the causes of failure are generally impossible to pinpoint with confidence.
(C) The greater the performance demands placed on satellites, the more frequently those satellites break down.
(D) Most satellites are produced in such small numbers that no economies of scale can be realized.
(E) Since many satellites are built by unwieldy international consortia, inefficiencies are inevitable.
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Re: recent spate [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2009, 08:22
Conclusion : Increase in Premium -> increased pressure to squeeze more performance out of currently operating satellites

(C) The greater the performance demands placed on satellites, the more frequently those satellites break down.

More break down -> more claim and hence will shot up the premium
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Re: A recent spate of launching and operating mishaps with [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2013, 16:23
I am confused between A and C.
A] If launches are more expensive, less are launched. Thus premiums would obviously be high
C] Greater performance demands does not necessarily leads to break down. They should be designed to perform based on their specifications. They would not work rather than breaking down. Breaking down cannot be tied to performance. It could happen otherwise too.

Can somebody explain why A is wrong choice?
Re: A recent spate of launching and operating mishaps with   [#permalink] 01 Nov 2013, 16:23
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