The Dongfang Hour Newsletter

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Your Weekly China Space Industry Summary, with a touch of eccentricity and some attempts at humor.

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DFHour #25: Hypersonic Missiles, Rocket Engines, Space Exploration

Welcome to the DFHour China Space Newsletter for 18-24 Oct 2021. Some big news this week, especially in the launch sector with the test of China's most powerful solid-fuel rocket engine. The highlight of the week relates to the FOBS/hypersonic missile test by…

 
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DFH#24: Launch of Shenzhou-13, Nuclear-capable Hypersonic Missile Test announcement and more

Welcome to the DFHour China Space Newsletter for 11-17 Oct 2021. A lot of significant pieces of news this week, both in terms of national space program and of commercial/technical updates! As always, you can also check our DFHour weekly episode for more in-de…

 
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DFH#23: Ranking of EO capacities by NGA, A++ round of funding by SatHD and more

Welcome to the DFHour China Space Newsletter for 4-10 Oct 2021. This week, although there is no news episode of our podcast and YouTube Channel, we have released a special issue dedicated to explaining how the Tianhe core module of the Chinese Space Station m…

 
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DFH#22: Zhuhai Air Show Rundown, Return to Flight of KZ-1A

Welcome to the DFHour China Space Newsletter for 27 Sept - 3 Oct 2021. This week, the majority of the news comes from the 13th edition of the Zhuhai Air Show held from Sept 28 to Oct 3. Such a significant number of space-related updates is rather unexpected: …

 
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DFH#21: launch of Tianzhou-3, 7th funding round by Space Pioneer and 1st Chinese space-grade controller chip!

The Week in Launch

 
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DFHour #20: Shenzhou-12 Taikonauts Return, Launch Updates, and a Bunch More!

The Week in Launch

 
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DFH #19: Satellite Phones, Launch Updates, and a New Format!

Welcome to the DFHour China Space Newsletter for 6-12 September 2021. This week, we begin a new format for our newsletter, one that will hopefully allow our readers to more efficiently digest and interpret the week’s news. We will be breaking news up into sec…

 
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DFH#18: Taiwanese launch company TiSpace, China's Martian Helicopter, and more

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #18 covering 30 August - 5 September 2021, we discuss the following:A Commercial Launch Company from Taiwan?China may be developing an indigenous version of IngenuityArticle on Li Shufu and GeelyNew panoramic image of Mars by Z…

 
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DFH#17: a turbulence week in US-China relations, hints on a 1km-long space station, big week for launch

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #17 covering 23 - 29 August 2021, we discuss the following:Turbulent week in US-China space relationsLaunch updates including LM2C + LM3B launches, and Kuaizhou-1A return to launchChina’s Natural Science Foundation publishes th…

 
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DFH#16: Growth of Chinese commercial launch workforce, 2nd Shenzhou 12 spacewalk, Spacety's European collaborations, and more

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #16 covering 16 - 22 August 2021, we discuss the following:The growth of Chinese launch companies measured in 2019-2020 workforce increaseSpacety and T4i Announce CollaborationThe second spacewalk (EVA) of the Shenzhou-12 crewC…

 
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DFH#15: China hypersonic spacecraft, lunar lander, New Shepard and more

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #15 covering 9 - 15 August 2021, we discuss the following in what was a beast of a week (with two DFHour episodes!) :Space Transportation Completes RMB300M Series A round of funding, gives more insights on hypersonic vehicle ro…

 
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DFH#14: SAR Wars continued, Hyperbola-1 launch failure, DBA's 1st hop and more

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #14 covering 2 - 8 August 2021, we discuss the following:And the SAR war(s) continue: PIESat officially announces SAR constellationiSpace’s 3rd launch of the Hyperbola-1 fails due to unsuccessful payload fairing separationDeep …

 
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DFH#13: iSpace asymmetrical rocket, 5G + LEO satellite integration test and more

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #13 covering 26 July - 1 August 2021, we discuss the following:iSpace provides a technical justification to the non-symmetrical Hyperbola 3A rocket proposalFirst 5G network and LEO broadband satellite integration test performed…

 
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DFH#12: China's space-based solar station, space companies' response to floods and more

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #12 covering 19 - 25 July 2021, we discuss the following:China’s first space-based solar station experimental base begins construction in Bishan District, ChongqingChinese EO satellites to the rescue in the aftermath of Henan’s…

 
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DFH#11: China Spaceplane Activity, Lunar Samples loan and DBA static fire test

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #11 covering 12 - 18 July 2021, we discuss the following:Additional Spaceplane Activity from ChinaChina Hands Out First Lunar Samples to Research InstitutesDeep Blue Aerospace completes 10-second static fire test of the Nebula-…

 
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DFH#10: China’s 1st EVA with Tianhe, 4 launches and a bunch more

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #10 covering 5 - 11 July 2021, we discuss the following:China’s 1st Extra Vehicular Activity with Tianhe (and 2nd ever EVA)Plethora of launches in a single weekGuangzhou and Tianjin add satellite internet to their Development P…

 
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DFH#9: Videos from Mars, Commercial Rockets, and Long March-2D

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #9 covering 28 June - 4 July 2021, we discuss the following:New Photos (and Videos!) from ZhurongLandSpace announces the completion of the first phase of its small and medium rocket factory in JiaxingDeep Blue Aerospace is gett…

 
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DFH#8: Super Heavy-Lift LM-9, China SatNet Updates, and more

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #8 covering 21 - 27 June 2021, we discuss the following:Massive design changes for China’s super heavy rocket the Long March 9Cooperation agreement between China SatNet and the City of ChongqingZhong’an Guotong to establish a 5…

 
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DFH#7: Shenzhou-12 crewed launch, Moon Bases and other pieces of news

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #7 covering 14 - 20 June 2021, we discuss the following:Crewed launch of Shenzhou-12 to the Tianhe core module of the Chinese space stationChina and Russia reveal a roadmap for International Lunar Research StationThree Yaogan s…

 
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DFH#6: Projects Resembling Falcon Heavy and O3b, Plus a Bunch More

In this week’s Newsletter Issue #6 covering 7 - 13 June 2021, we discuss the following:Announcement of iSpace Hyperbola-3 Rocket¥400 Funding Round by Launch Company oSpacePostcards from Mars sent by Tianwen-1 Shenzhen Municipal Government Raises the Stakes fo…