Second Sino-U.S. Space Commercialization Workshop

When: Saturday, September 19, 2020

Where: Fuzhou, China

Secure World Foundation and the Chinese Society of Astronautics co-hosted a half day session under the theme of a Perspectives Dialogue: Key Views for Areas of Interest and Understanding. During the session commercial space related stakeholders from both the United State and China shared their viewpoints on trends, challenges, and opportunities in the commercialization of space. The purpose of this event was to share and understand perspectives from both US and Chinese stakeholders on how space commercialization is happening in both countries, and what can be done to increase transparency between both commercial contexts.

The session was held on the margin of the 2020 China Space Conference. The U.S. speakers at the event participated remotely through pre-recorded video presentations, while the Chinese participants gathered in an in-person setting. This session was part of an ongoing series of events being co-organized by SWF, Caelus Foundation, and the Chinese Society of Astronautics as a platform for further exchanges and discussion of commercial space developments in the two countries.


  • WANG Yiran, Vice President & Secretary General Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA): Opening and Closing Remarks
  • Ian Christensen, Director of Private Sector Programs, Secure World Foundation: Opening and Closing Remarks
  • ZHANG Dong, Executive Vice President of CHINAROCKERT CO., LTD, General Director of the Smart Dragon 1(SD-1) Launch Vehicle: “Link the World, Achieve the Dream—the Development and Future of China's Commercial Space”
  • Jeffrey Manber, CEO, Nanoracks: “Perspectives on US-China Commercial Engagement in Space Exploration”
  • PI Benjie, Assistant Engineer in Chief of Leobit Technology CO.,LTD: “Satellites-IoT (Xingyun Project) Ground Application System Constructions Exchange”
  • Bhavya Lal, Research Staff Member, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute. “Overview of STPI Report on Evaluation of China's Commercial Space Sector”
  • HUO Jia, Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Co., Ltd.(iSpace): “Private Commercial Launch Vehicle Company in China”
  • Ken Hodgkins, President, International Space Enterprise Consultants: “Perspectives on Cooperating Towards Responsible Space Behavior”
  • Rob Ronci, Executive Director, Caelus Foundation: “The Role of Communication in Bringing Space Back Down to Earth”

To download the event agenda please click here.

For more information, please direct any questions to SWF Director of Private Sector Programs, Ian Christensen.

Last updated on September 30, 2020