For Dongfang Hour co-host Blaine, an American who has spent close to a decade living in China, the current state of US-China affairs is often hard to watch. Whatever your views are on the politics of the situation, on the individual issues that the two countries face, and on who might be right and wrong, … More DFH Episode 8 – Chinese Space from a US Perspective (feat. Ian Christensen & Rob Ronci)
China has seen a boom in satellite manufacturing over the past 6-7 years, with the rise in the commercial space sector more broadly leading to more than 15 commercial satellite manufacturers of widely varying scale and sophistication. Many of these satellite manufacturers are hoping to address demand from China’s April 2020 inclusion of “Satellite Internet” … More DFH Episode 7 – Discussing Satellite Manufacturing with Chinese Startup Commsat (feat. DONG Lu)
There are more than 100 Chinese commercial space companies, almost all having been establishing within the past 5 years. To pick one, or even a handful, as the leading Chinese commercial space companies is no easy task, with hoards to choose from, and with most of the companies being new enough to not actually be … More DFH Episode 6 – An Exclusive Conversation with Landspace (Feat. Kevin XU)
Good day and welcome to episode 5 of the Dongfang Hour, the China Aerospace and Tech Podcast. Today we are discussing China’s funky space industry. Before going into our list of funky projects, we will have two definitions of “funky” in this episode: Plain old funky. This refers to projects that are funky in every … More DFH Episode 5 – The Most Funky Space Projects in China
Welcome to Episode 4 of the Dongfang Hour. This week, we invite our very first guest to the podcast to discuss satellite constellations, and what a guest! LAN Tianyi is the CEO of Ultimate Blue Nebula and SpaceKey, two Beijing-based firms focusing on satellite/space industry consulting and research. Having spent several years working inside China’s … More DFH Episode 4 – Discussing Chinese Satcom Constellations with Lan Tianyi
This week is the second part of our two-part series on Chinese commercial launch. For those who missed Part I, a history of Chinese Commercial Launch, check it out here! Last time we left off at the dawn of China’s private launch era. Having discussed the major state-owned companies and their respective rockets, we will … More DFH Episode 3 – What’s the Situation with Chinese Private Launch Startups?
China has a long and winding history of commercial launch services. Having launched their first satellite in 1970, China developed a commercial launch industry in the 1980s and 1990s, launching foreign satellites (including a handful of American ones, which were made politically possible by the 1986 Challenger Disaster, and subsequent decision by the US to … More DFH Episode 2 – China’s Long March to Commercial Launch
In 2020, China is undeniably one of the leading space-faring nations, among the other space pioneering countries which are the USA, Russia, the EU (as a trade block), and to a lesser extent Japan, India and Canada. Yet within this already heterogeneous lot, China is undeniably the odd man out, with a space industry that … More DFH Episode 1 – What Makes the Chinese Space Ecosystem Different?