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Dongfang Hour (literally “Eastern Hour”), is a podcast that dives into the fast-evolving Chinese space sector. As the world’s second-largest economy, China is becoming an increasingly important and relevant topic, yet quality information about certain sectors remains difficult to find in Chinese, and is often nonexistent in English.The hosts of Dongfang Hour, Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville, are a consultant/entrepreneur and an aerospace engineer, both based in China. Speaking no less than 5 languages between the two of them, for the benefit of our much-appreciated listeners, the discussion will be limited to English with some Chinese phrases when necessary. In a stand-alone format or with exceptional and always friendly guests, the Dongfang Hour hopes to bring entertaining yet resourceful, and balanced yet pointed insights from within the Chinese ecosystem.

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Dongfang Hour (literally “Eastern Hour”), is a podcast that dives into the fast-evolving Chinese space sector. As the world’s second-largest economy, China is becoming an increasingly important and relevant topic, yet quality information about certain sectors remains difficult to find in Chinese, and is often nonexistent in English.The hosts of Dongfang Hour, Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville, are a consultant/entrepreneur and an aerospace engineer, both based in China. Speaking no less than 5 languages between the two of them, for the benefit of our much-appreciated listeners, the discussion will be limited to English with some Chinese phrases when necessary. In a stand-alone format or with exceptional and always friendly guests, the Dongfang Hour hopes to bring entertaining yet resourceful, and balanced yet pointed insights from within the Chinese ecosystem.

    Major Chinese Rocket Updates at the 2021 China Commercial Aerospace Forum in Wuhan - Ep 61

    Major Chinese Rocket Updates at the 2021 China Commercial Aerospace Forum in Wuhan - Ep 61

    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (newsletter.dongfanghour.com) and our website (www.dongfanghour.com). 

    This week, we focus specifically on launch updates from the CCAF (China Commercial Aerospace Forum):
    IntroductioniSpace invests massively in space tourismProgress with CASIC’s spaceplanesMajor shift in Deep Blue Aerospace’s Nebula rocket seriesSpace Trek plans larger rocketsAAEngine goes from engines to rocketsExpace announces an impressive launch cadenceLandspace confirms reusability of the ZQ-2 first stageXingyun-3 satellites should be deployed in 2022Thank you for your kind attention! Don’t forget to follow us on YouTube, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or your local podcast source. And please give us a thumbs-up !

    • 25 min
    China Betting Big on Sea-Based Launch, Revisiting the Concept of a US-China Space Race, The First China-Africa Beidou Conference - Ep 60

    China Betting Big on Sea-Based Launch, Revisiting the Concept of a US-China Space Race, The First China-Africa Beidou Conference - Ep 60

    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (newsletter.dongfanghour.com) and our website (www.dongfanghour.com).

    This week, we discuss:
    China betting on sea-based launch servicesFirst China-Africa Beidou conferenceRevisiting the concept of US-China space raceAdaspace new round of fundingThank you for your kind attention! Don’t forget to follow us on YouTube, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or your local podcast source. And please give us a thumbs-up !

    • 23 min
    Shenzhou 13 Performs a Historic Spacewalk, iSpace Sets Foot in Wenchang, Tianwen-1 Changes Orbit - ep 59

    Shenzhou 13 Performs a Historic Spacewalk, iSpace Sets Foot in Wenchang, Tianwen-1 Changes Orbit - ep 59

    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (newsletter.dongfanghour.com) and our website (www.dongfanghour.com).

    This week, we discuss:
    Shenzhou-13 performs a historic spacewalkCommercial launch startup iSpace sets foot in HainanMars orbiter Tianwen-1 switches to a space sciences orbitThank you for your kind attention! Don’t forget to follow us on YouTube, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or your local podcast source.

    • 16 min
    A New Constellation from Spacety, Orienspace's New Rockets & co-CEO, Linkspace Gives a Sign of Life - Ep 58

    A New Constellation from Spacety, Orienspace's New Rockets & co-CEO, Linkspace Gives a Sign of Life - Ep 58

    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (newsletter.dongfanghour.com) and our website (www.dongfanghour.com).

    This week, we discuss:
    IntroductionSpacety Announces a New Constellation in Collaboration with BUPTOrienspace's New co-CEO and RocketsLinkspace Develops a Pump-Fed Engine, the Fengbao-1

    Thank you for your kind attention. Don’t forget to follow us on YouTube, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or your local podcast source. And please give us a thumbs-up!

    • 17 min
    Mars Express & Zhurong to Communicate, China Breaks Previous Record in Launch, Launch Company Rocket Buys JZYJ Methalox Engines - Ep 57

    Mars Express & Zhurong to Communicate, China Breaks Previous Record in Launch, Launch Company Rocket Buys JZYJ Methalox Engines - Ep 57

    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter and our website.

    This week, we discuss:
    Mars Express & Zhurong to perform blind data transmission experiments in November China breaks new launch record, passes 40 launchesLaunch vehicle startup Rocket Pi purchases JZYJ methalox engines for the Darwin-1 rocketTeaser on the 2021 China Satellite conference Thank you for your kind attention, we look forward to seeing you next time. Also, don’t forget to follow us on YouTube, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or your local podcast source. 

    • 24 min
    Interview Part 2 - The Growing Trend of Chinese Space Culture (feat. Molly Silk)

    Interview Part 2 - The Growing Trend of Chinese Space Culture (feat. Molly Silk)

     Hello and welcome to another interviews series episode on the Dongfang Hour! This is the second part of our interview with Molly Silk, released on October 6.
    Molly is a doctoral researcher in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. Molly's research focuses on topics such as China's space policy, and cultural, communicative, and cooperative efforts linked to the Chinese space program.

    In Part 2 of this episode, we focus on an iconic product of Chinese space culture, the sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth (流浪地球), released in 2019. Special thanks to Aurélie Gillet, a collaborator at the Dongfang Hour, who kindly accepted to be the interviewer (Blaine and I admittedly weren't very familiar with the movie...).

    If you enjoy what you see, don’t forget to follow the channel and give us a thumbs-up. Thanks and see you next time! 

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

The_Zardox ,

Very informative!

It’s difficult to get information on the Chinese Space Agency on my own, so finding a podcast like this was awesome! Now instead of trying to find a handful of English sources giving more or less the same little amount of info on a development, I can refer to here for a combined perspective and all the information I need.

amsr950123 ,

Great show. Get rid of the new background music

The grating and repetitive “news-y” background music in the last episode sounds like being put on hold or something from an AM radio news station. I listen to what you create for the excellent substantive content, not frivolous and poorly executed attempts at “production value”. Stick to the fundamentals!

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