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    China's podcast - Dongfang Hour

    "Dongfang Hour (literally “Eastern Hour”), is a podcast that dives into the fast-evolving Chinese aerospace and technology sectors. As the world’s second-largest economy, China is becoming an increasingly important and relevant topic, yet quality information about certain sectors remains difficult to find in Chinese, and is often nonexistent in English.

    Today, China has one of the world’s fastest-growing space industries, with a highly ambitious space program and a burgeoning NewSpace ecosystem. With phrases like “commercial” and “private funding” having very different, and sometimes unclear definitions, with new companies being founded every month, and with China’s international ambitions playing out in space, there are many angles from which to discuss this out of this world industry.

    The hosts of Dongfang Hour, Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville, are a consultant/entrepreneur and an aerospace engineer, both based in China. Speaking no less than 5 languages between the two of them, for the benefit of our much appreciated listeners, we will limit discussion to English with some Chinese phrases when necessary. In a stand-alone format or with exceptional and always friendly guests, the Dongfang Hour hopes to bring entertaining yet resourceful, and balanced yet pointed insights from within the Chinese ecosystem."

    There has been 5 podcast before this. This is the 6th podcast concentrating on Landspace Technologies with an interview with Kevin Xu, Chief Marketing Officer at Landspace .

    https://dongfanghour.com/2020/12/23/...feat-kevin-xu/

    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 making money yet.

    With that said, one of the few companies that would make the leaderboard on almost any China watcher’s space list is Landspace Technologies, likely China’s most well-funded commercial launch company. Founded in Beijing in 2015, Landspace has since raised ~US$400 million across 9 funding rounds, has grown to several hundred employees, and claims to be ~1 year away from launching its Zhuque-2 (ZQ-2) medium-lift rocket, a liquid methalox-powered rocket with capabilities of lifting several tons to LEO/SSO, and with eventual plans for reusability.

    On episode 6 of the Dongfang Hour, we sat down with Kevin Xu, Chief Marketing Officer at Landspace and one of the company’s early employees. Our conversation was wide-ranging, covering a broad variety of topics including, but not limited to:
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    "Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 21 Dec – 27 Dec 2020"

    https://spacewatch.global/2020/12/sp...c-27-dec-2020/

    Blaine Curcio of Orbital Gateway Consulting and Jean Deville of The China Aerospace Blog are reporting on the events in the last (full) week of the year 2020. They are giving details on the launch of the CZ-8, updates on the launch manifest for the Chinese Space Station, China's view on lunar resource utilisation, China Satcom’s strategy and a bit of information on the Chinese MA700 regional jet airplane.
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    "Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 28 Dec – 3 Jan 2021"

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    DBA, a launch startup founded in 2017, and based in Beijing. It’s among one of the so-called “second generation” launch companies, meaning it entered the launch business after the initial wave in 2015, which consists of Linkspace, Landspace, OneSpace and iSpace. Interestingly, its CEO QUE Liang is the former VP of OneSpace.

    Last week, DBA posted an update of the company’s progress, showing notably images of the completion of the wet dress rehearsal of their “Nebula-M No.1” experimental rocket. This included the erection of the LV, connecting electrical & hydraulic systems, and cooling/loading fuel.
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    "Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 4 Jan – 10 Jan 2021"

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    At an event on January 4th, CASC announced plans for 40 launches in 2021, which would represent a new high for the company. This figure does not include commercial launches (i.e. Expace and others), and thus if CASC were to hit 40 launches in 2021, China would likely be the world leader in total launches. These launches will include several for the Chinese space station, as well as GEO comms satellites,

    The company event on the first working day of the year highlighted several key themes for CASC (and the Chinese space industry more generally) in 2021, with this including phrases like batch manufacturing, enhanced product quality, and an acknowledgement that there is increasing pressure from commercialization of space, which requires CASC to make more efforts to control costs.
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    "Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 11 Jan – 17 Jan 2021"

    https://spacewatch.global/2021/01/sp...n-17-jan-2021/

    They are giving details about iSpace' plans for an IPO on China's Star Board, on the status of CASC's propulsion technology development and talk about the U.S. adding Chinese aircraft manufacturer COMAC and Air China Group to a DoD blacklist, which lists companies which have ties with the Chinese military.
    The podcast.

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    Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 18 Jan – 24 Jan 2021

    https://spacewatch.global/2021/01/sp...n-24-jan-2021/

    They are giving details about CASIC's new satellite factory in Wuhan, the announcement of the Tianxun IoT constellation, the new funding round for Jiuzhou Yunjian and the name competition for the Mars rover which is on its way to the Red Planet.
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    China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up - Episode 18 (25th - 31st Jan. 2021)

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    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! Without further ado, the news update from the week of 25 - 31 January.
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    China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up - Episode 20 (8 – 14 Feb 2021)

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    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! Without further ado, the news update from the week of 8 - 14 Feb.
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    China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up - Episode 21 (15 – 21 Feb 2021)

    This episode gives some insight into China's future moon base and working with China. Their time line for the moon base is 2030 to 2045 for a manned moon base. So not in competition with what the USA is doing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7KbzBE0z9M

    Sino-Russian ties for the Moon, Geely's Satellite Factory, New CN Space Report - News Roundup Ep 21
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    No podcast this week. It it President Xi puts has support phase 4 of lunar exploration (CE6, 7, 8, and ILRS(moon base))

    https://spacewatch.global/2021/03/sp...2-28-feb-2021/

    Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 22 – 28 Feb 2021
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    Now the podcast.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvnM...e=emb_imp_woyt

    Long March 9 validated, Xi Jinping attends Chang'e 5 expo - China Aerospace News Roundup Ep 22
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    China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up - Episode 24 (8 – 14 March 2021)

    https://spacewatch.global/2021/03/sp...14-march-2021/

    With China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) being finalized in the coming days/weeks, we have begun to see concrete announcements from state media about some of the plan’s contents. This included an announcement on Saturday 13 March from the Science and Technology Daily (科技日报), the official newspaper of the Ministry of Science & Technology, on mega projects during the 14th Five-Year Plan.
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    China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up - Episode 25 (15 – 21 March 2021)

    More details what China commercial space companies are doing.

    https://spacewatch.global/2021/03/sp...21-march-2021/

    Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 15 – 21 March 2021
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    China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up - Episode 26 (22 – 28 March 2021)

    https://spacewatch.global/2021/03/sp...28-march-2021/

    CGSTL, China’s leading commercial EO company which operates the Jilin-1 constellation (and manufactures its satellite in-house), announced that they would complete their 138-satellite Jilin-1 constellation during the 14th Five Year Plan, which started this year (2021-2025). This comes in the context of the recent closing of the two-sessions, with much information being revealed notably on the space roadmap for the coming 5 years.
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