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September 24-30, 2018 / Vol 37, No 39 / Hawai`i Island, USA

21 Sep 2018, 19:10 UTC
September 24-30, 2018 / Vol 37, No 39 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Launch Providers Meet at China International Commercial Space Forum

A growing commercial space sector gathers September 26-28 in Wuhan, Hubei Province. The China (International) Commercial Aerospace Forum is the premiere meeting of its kind. Beginning in 2015 it is running for the fourth consecutive year. Topics will link commercial space with development of industries. Wuhan, the most populous city in Central China, is known as “China’s thoroughfare” or the “Chicago of China”. Since the Second China Commercial Aerospace Forum in 2016, Wuhan is promoted as the first commercial spaceport in China. The China space launch industry includes ExPace, OneSpace, LinkSpace, iSpace, and LandSpace, who are all developing vehicles in addition to the Long March boosters. ExPace, with headquarters in Wuhan, uses solid-fuel launchers based upon military ASAT vehicles. OneSpace, based in Beijing, is building the first privately-developed solid-fuel booster of any nation. OneSpace plans to charge US$10,000 per kilogram, less than half the price per kg as other small-satellite launchers. OneSpace plans the orbital launch of their solid-fuel booster in the fourth quarter of 2018, around the time of the China Commercial Aerospace Forum. (Image Credits: OneSpace, Weibo, Xinhua, CAST, NDRC, PRC, Beijing Institute of Aerospace Information, China Space Sanjiang)

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