Commenting on China’s Commercial Aviation Industry with the Latest CAAC Report

Introduction In June 2020, CAAC drew an annual portrait of China’s aviation industry, through its annual Aviation Industry Report, covering commercial, cargo, and general aviation. In this blog post, we’ll focus essentially on commercial passenger transportation. While published in 2020, this report is based on figures of 2019, thus drawing a very different and positive picture of an industry that has recently suffered dearly during … Continue reading Commenting on China’s Commercial Aviation Industry with the Latest CAAC Report

China’s Spaceplane Projects: Past, Present and Future

This article is the second and final part of a two-piece blog post by China Aerospace Blog on Chinese spaceplanes. The first part discussed China’s historical approach to reusability, and more specifically to spaceplanes. This part extends the discussion by reviewing current Chinese spaceplane projects, and provides a map. Mapping Current Chinese Spaceplane Projects Below is a map of all Chinese spaceplane projects, including abandoned … Continue reading China’s Spaceplane Projects: Past, Present and Future

A Historical Perspective on Chinese Spaceplanes

This piece is the first of a two-part blog post by China Aerospace Blog on Chinese spaceplanes. It sets the context of spaceplanes in China, and goes over past attempts to make such vehicles. Part 2 will provide an analysis of current projects under development from Chinese state-owned and private companies. Table of Contents 1 – Introduction to spaceplanes 2 – China’s take on the … Continue reading A Historical Perspective on Chinese Spaceplanes

Chinese Aviation Cities: the Obvious, the Unexpected, and the Discrepant

In this blog post, China Aerospace Blog revisits the “What is the Chinese Aviation Industry Like?” article, which dates back to July 2018. While the former was essentially based on the China Civil Aviation Industry Report 2017 by MIIT, this blog post is built on a different set of data detailed below. The focus is also different: we single out the main aeronautical cities in … Continue reading Chinese Aviation Cities: the Obvious, the Unexpected, and the Discrepant

Thoughts on the “Hype” about China’s NewSpace Launcher Startups – (Part 2/2)

This blogpost is a follow-up of a previous article (part 1/2) discussing the hype about Chinese private launchers. While we previously essentially put emphasis on investment and launch vehicles from an offer standpoint, this second and final post focuses on the demand for launchers, in other words to what extent the small sat market will be able to sustain Chinese launchers. Market Size and Ecosystem … Continue reading Thoughts on the “Hype” about China’s NewSpace Launcher Startups – (Part 2/2)

Thoughts on the “Hype” about China’s NewSpace Launcher Startups – (Part 1/2)

Introduction When discussing the rapid development of China’s private space sector and notably launch vehicles, many observers hint at a bubble: an unhealthy number of startups all pursuing the same scope of activities with similar technical solutions, and unsustainable growth not correlated with market demand. Is this justified? In this blogpost I offer some thoughts and engage in a comparison between Chinese and US NewSpace, … Continue reading Thoughts on the “Hype” about China’s NewSpace Launcher Startups – (Part 1/2)

Who’s Investing in China’s NewSpace? FutureAerospace Provides Some Answers in Latest Report

Note: the figures in this blog post come from FutureAerospace’s latest Commercial Space Investment Race report. In this article I have translated and commented on them. Original report in Mandarin is readily available on the web, for example at [1] or [2]. Yes, China’s NewSpace is growing. But Who is Backing Them? Space industry observers are generally aware that a very significant amount of investment … Continue reading Who’s Investing in China’s NewSpace? FutureAerospace Provides Some Answers in Latest Report

A Large Scale Update of the China Aerospace Blog NewSpace Mapping (June 2019 edition)

Introduction The NewSpace mapping of China Aerospace Blog has just been updated (June 2019 edition), adding 32 more startups to the landscape. Just as the previous edition, are included in the mapping the following companies: Private space startups, the core of the mapping, and most of which have been founded after the opening of China’s space industry to private investment in 2014 (see China‚Äôs New … Continue reading A Large Scale Update of the China Aerospace Blog NewSpace Mapping (June 2019 edition)

The Technical Choices of China’s NewSpace Launcher Companies in 2019

This article looks at the technical choices of Chinese NewSpace startups regarding propulsion technology and expendability/reusability, and what this reveals of their understanding of the commercial launch market. At the time of writing, we are entering the 5th year of China’s “Open Up Policy” in the space industry, which has enabled private capital to flow into space companies and triggered the emergence of a large … Continue reading The Technical Choices of China’s NewSpace Launcher Companies in 2019

A Portrait of the Chinese Airline Industry in 2019 (Part 2/2): Mapping the Airline Ecosystem

This blog post is a follow-up of a previous article tracing the history of China’s air transport industry (A Portrait of the Chinese Airlines Industry in 2019 (Part I): a Historical Perspective). Part II aims at mapping the airline ecosystem and showing how the so-called “Big Four” (Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, HNA Group) are dominant in the current landscape. A Few Words on … Continue reading A Portrait of the Chinese Airline Industry in 2019 (Part 2/2): Mapping the Airline Ecosystem