Of course, the whole reason you've used Radio Telemetry is because it is far more reliable than the "piece of wire", never mind being a lot cheaper than that piece of wire too.
However, radio telemetry units are now complex pieces of electronic equipment and therefore are more susceptible to the simple "wearing out" that can occur with electronics. Having more silicon in them means there are that many more links in the chain that can fail. Thinking otherwise (which is what radio telemetry companies would like you to do) is being a little naive.But!.... there is a lot one can do to ensure your system carries on working for years to come. "Planning Maintenance Schedules" deals with this.
"Creating Safe Links" deals with the "mission critical" radio telemetry links (albeit the 'critical' portion exists in the chief engineer's mind only!).
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