Having escaped the mid-November Leonids meteor shower largely unscathed, commercial satellite operators and insurers are taking a closer look at an even greater, more-persistent threat--Earth-orbiting debris. Meteoroids are a natural hazard routinely considered during spacecraft design, but the more-likely threat of damage from debris may be underplayed, some experts believe. Few satellite operators fully appreciate how vulnerable their orbital assets may be to man-made junk in space, ...

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