Airbus compares space business opportunities in China and the U.S.

by Peter B. de Selding

MANCHESTER, England — Airbus Defence and Space is approaching the world’s two biggest space markets — China and the United States — in opposite ways as the company seeks to unlock opportunity in both.

In China, a space market where the government is still omnipresent, Airbus will let Sino-European government initiatives take the lead in providing an entry for Airbus’s space products in services, said Colin Paynter, managing director at Airbus Defence and Space Ltd.

The United States has an enormous private sector but presents large obstacles to non-U.S. players. An . . .

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