Chinese Private Constellations and the Art of the Pivot

In one of the most influential entrepreneurship books of the last 10 years, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries describes the necessity to test, iterate, and pivot until ultimately reaching a product that fits the market. Chinese tech companies have shown us that they excel at this practice (see the history of a company like Meituan [1]), and it increasingly seems like Chinese NewSpace companies, … Continue reading Chinese Private Constellations and the Art of the Pivot

Discussing Chinese Satcom Constellations with Lan Tianyi (Repost from the Dongfang Hour)

Earlier this month, my friend Blaine Curcio and I had the opportunity to interview Lan Tianyi, the CEO of Ultimate Blue Nebula and SpaceKey, two Beijing-based firms focusing on space/satellite industry consulting. Having worked in the industry from within the state-owned apparatus (CAST), the startup perspective, and now as a consulting company, Tianyi is really a wealth of knowledge on Chinese space. And fortunately for … Continue reading Discussing Chinese Satcom Constellations with Lan Tianyi (Repost from the Dongfang Hour)

Space Transportation (凌空天行), yet another Chinese launcher start-up entering the NewSpace race

Yet another new Chinese launcher start-up has been revealed and put into the spotlight this week: Space Transportation (which is a rough translation of its Chinese name: 凌空天行). The company was actually founded back in August 2018, but had been keeping a low profile ever since. However last Thursday, Source Code Capital (源码资本) published on its WeChat official account that “it had provided Space Transportation … Continue reading Space Transportation (凌空天行), yet another Chinese launcher start-up entering the NewSpace race

China’s New Space: a deep dive into the world’s fastest growing commercial space industry

Introduction China’s history with space is essentially that of large state corporations, even to this day. Until very recently, almost all of China’s space industry could be linked to just two state conglomerates: CASC (China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation), and CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation). The year 2014, however, marked a radical change of mindset. At a State Council executive meeting, Premier … Continue reading China’s New Space: a deep dive into the world’s fastest growing commercial space industry