Tag Archives: China

Spy Balloons Nothing New, But Increased Vigilance Is

A Chinese surveillance balloon floats over Billings, Montana on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.. Credit: Wikipedia.

The intrusion by Chinese spy balloons into North American airspace is apparently nothing new. But their more publicized detection and interception is, thanks to increased vigilance on the part of NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and the Canadian/US governments.

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An update on China’s commercial space efforts

The Chinese i-Space rocket SQX-1 Y1 in the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on July 23, 2019.

It’s been several months since we did a podcast on China with a focus on their commercial space efforts. In this edition we’ll discuss China’s broadband mega-constellation, get a launch update, learn about China’s first commercial spaceport, and learn more about the commercialization efforts of Chinese Earth observation data.

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China’s constellation plans: The Middle Kingdom entering low Earth orbit

Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China

The space sector has been taken by storm with the plethora of low Earth orbit (LEO) broadband constellations being planned. The most noteworthy is likely Starlink, but others such as OneWeb, Telesat Lightspeed, and Amazon’s Kuiper have been making rapid progress.  Meanwhile, halfway around the world, China has been building up its capabilities in small satellite manufacturing, batch launches, and satellite applications in anticipation of …

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U.S. perception of China’s commercial space sector

Lost Without Translation - Identifying Gaps in U.S. Perceptions of the Chinese Commercial Space Sector

In November of last year SpaceQ began a new feature on China's space economy with the first part of a two part podcast. Part of the goal of our coverage is to discern the differences between the Chinese commercial space sector compared to its western counterparts. Today, a new paper by the Secure World Foundation and the Caelus Foundation discusses U.S. perceptions on this topic …

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An introduction to China’s space economy

China Long March 5 rocket

In 2014 China didn’t have any private space companies. Today there are over a 100 and growing. SpaceQ will now begin to cover China’s emerging space economy on a more regular basis. That coverage will include what the export opportunities are for western nations.

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Amazon’s Billion-Dollar Bet on Chinese Science Fiction

The Three Body Problem

People were surprised to hear that Amazon is willing to spend a billion dollars to secure the rights to a streaming adaptation of Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem. Yes, Amazon is willing and able to pay big dollars for television adaptations—they’re already working on a massive Lord of the Rings prequel series. But a billion dollars? For this series? It won a Hugo, but …

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