China has carried out 55 international commercial launches to date

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The China National Space Administration (CNSA) recently announced that it has completed 55 commercial launches for international customers to date, under its commercial arm the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC).

This announcement was made during the 3rd China International Commercial Aerospace Forum 2017 in Wuhan, during which CGWIC mentioned that China’s remains competitive in the global market because of accurate launches and payload deliveries.

CGWIC mentioned that in the 21st century, international contracts came from countries such as Nigeria, Pakistan, Belarus, Laos. While these countries aspire towards developing their own satellites, they continue to rely on China for launch services.

According to CGWIC, 2016 saw a total of 17 international commercial launch orders, of which China acquired two. So far this year, out of 4 global commercial launch contracts, China has clinched one.

Said, a CGWIC spokeperson, “We will continue to carry out commercial launch services, while optimizing our services and providing a one-stop shop for international launch requirements.”

So far this year, China has not yet launched a satellite for an international customer. However, the launch of Venezuelan remote sensing satellite VRSS 2 is expected to take place in late September, from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

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