Friday, April 15, 2011

SpaceX Confounds Chinese Competition

Aviation Week reports that China's space industry admits it can't compete with SpaceX when it comes to prices.

China’s space industry remains hopeful it can do business with the U.S., despite a renewed chill in relations. But executives at China Great Wall Industry Corp. are finding it hard to believe that California-based Space Exploration Technologies Inc. (SpaceX) is offering lower launch prices than they can ...

Declining to speak for attribution, the Chinese officials say they find the published prices on the SpaceX website very low for the services offered, and concede they could not match them with the Long March series of launch vehicles even if it were possible for them to launch satellites with U.S. components in them.


So much for the allegations by certain politicians that commercial space "cedes our leadership" to China.

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