China's Space Program Thread II


China’s growing fleet of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance satellites is enabling their “kill webs,” just as the Pentagon is trying to interconnect its sensors and shooters through Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2).
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Very informative and intuitive article.

If anything, the US military is sure good at coming up with all kinds of acronyms (JADC2). lol


Zhongke/CAS Space has signed an agreement with Beijing Cangyu Communications Technology Co. to provide the latter with launch services using the Lijian-2 launch vehicle.



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How is China expecting the long march 8 to launch 50 times a year when it has barely managed a single launch a year so far and with like a dozen reusable rocket designs in the pipeline expected to make their maiden flight in the next 2 years? Some of them are even made by state own companies.

It really feels like there's two sides in the chinese space sector right now. A entrenched conservative side that really doesn't believe in reusable rockets and a more risk taking side that's going all in on reusable rockets, and both of them are just doing their own thing. Feels very messy.


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The Long March 8 and 7A are tested and known working rocket designs. The process to expand their use was ongoing and probably delayed because of the lockdowns. Pad and assembly building construction was delayed but seems to have been resumed.
While the Long March 10 is a relatively low risk design something could still go wrong with it. And I wouldn't be surprised if it required new pad construction as well. Who knows how long it will take until it is in use.

The Long March 8 and 7A also use the same tooling and factories currently used in the legacy Long March 2/3/4 rockets. While the Long March 10 is supposed to be built at the Long March 10 factory with its tooling. That factory has much less rocket construction capacity.


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This paper provides a brief overview of Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd. (CGST) [长光卫星技术股份有限公司], its operations, and connections to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Previously known in English as Charming Globe, CGST is a remote sensing satellite company based in the PRC.

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