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

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 NewSpace: Mapping of its 60+ Start-ups

Introduction Chinese space has been a very hot topic in recent years. Other than the impressive space exploration missions (Tiangong, Chang’e…), the interest for China is also due to the recent opening up of this industry to private investments, which has led to a leap in the number of space start-ups. These start-ups, supported by venture capital heavy-weights are covering the entire space industrial chain: … Continue reading China’s NewSpace: Mapping of its 60+ Start-ups

FutureAerospace’s China Commercial Space Investment Report 2018: Highlights

2018 has been a crazy year for Chinese commercial space, and 2019 promises to be even crazier. iSpace raised 110 million RMB on January 3 [1], Minospace raised an estimated 20 million RMB on January 15 [2] , and as I am writing these lines (26/01/2019), Changguang Satellite (CGSTL) just raised a whooping 250 million RMB in an angel round [3]. This has literally smashed … Continue reading FutureAerospace’s China Commercial Space Investment Report 2018: Highlights

Airbus A320, Boeing 737, COMAC C919: where do the suppliers come from?

 I sometimes read in (non-specialized) media that the C919 single-aisle aircraft currently under development by Chinese manufacturer COMAC is just an “empty shell”. The idea conveyed here is “since most aircraft systems come from foreign companies, it means that China doesn’t get the credit for building the aircraft”. In a nutshell, they are saying that the C919 “isn’t really Chinese”. I actually sometimes get that … Continue reading Airbus A320, Boeing 737, COMAC C919: where do the suppliers come from?

Overview of Chinese Investments in the Western Aviation Industry

China has achieved a remarkable catch-up in multiple industries, such as high-speed trains, automobile and renewable energies. In some, it is emerging as a global leader (smartphones, home-use electronics, …). In contrast, the aviation industry still lags behind foreign counterparts despite the launch of ambitious national programs and significant government support. Acquiring foreign competitors, setting up JVs with leading-edge players is an effective way to … Continue reading Overview of Chinese Investments in the Western Aviation Industry