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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 12-18 Oct 2020 – SpaceWatch.Global

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour Weekly Aerospace News Roundup, 12-18 Oct”.

Welcome to the Dongfang Hour Weekly China Aerospace News Roundup! As many of you may have seen, we have begun a weekly 15-20mins discussion on recent updates in the Chinese aerospace and space sectors, where we will aim to bring ~3 stories per week. We hope to provide the facts of the story, as well as additional context or commentary based on our combined ~20 years living in Greater China. We hope you enjoy, and please feel free to follow, comment, or leave a review!

A big week in EO

It  was a big week in China’s EO and meteorology sector. First, at just after midnight on Monday 12 October. It is the second Gaofen satellite bound for geostationary orbit, an interesting choice and a must-have for any sufficiently large EO constellation. Gaofen-13 is the latest in China’s Gaofen constellation, a primarily civil constellation of EO satellites of which there are currently ~20 satellites (depending on whether one defines the Jilin-Gaofen series, operated by Charming Globe, as part of the Gaofen series). The launch was the first in