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’s New … Continue reading A Large Scale Update of the China Aerospace Blog NewSpace Mapping (June 2019 edition)

Impressions on the 2019 edition of China Space Day, in Changsha

This blog post inaugurates a more personal article series, that will give an account of my trips and visits in China (exhibitions, rocket launches, visits…). Do let me know what you think in the comments or by private message. This weekend marks the closure of the events surrounding the 4th edition of China Space Day, which took place in Changsha from the 22nd to the … Continue reading Impressions on the 2019 edition of China Space Day, in Changsha

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

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

Interview with Essential Capital (元航资本) on the Perspectives of Commercial Space in China

Essential Capital (a.k.a 元航资本 in Chinese) is a Chinese VC firm founded in 2015 and based in Beijing. Essential Capital considers itself an early-middle stage investor, with a major focus on “hard tech”.  As an early mover within the VC world into the burgeoning Chinese space industry, the company’s founders gave some interesting insights on the topic in an interview to the Chinese media Iyiyou … Continue reading Interview with Essential Capital (元航资本) on the Perspectives of Commercial Space in China

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