China Great Wall: Many startups haven’t adopted our policy of denying launches to smallsats with no propulsion

by Peter B. de Selding

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — China’s principal heavy-lift launch service provider, China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC), said many New Space launch startups are not adopting CGWIC’s self-imposed policy of obliging small satellite owners to include propulsion in their designs.

Fu Zhiheng, CGWIC’s president, said there is no law imposed on the company to deny launches to small satellites that do not include propulsion or other system that will guarantee their disintegration on reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere. But that’s what it does.

“As a responsible space player, we are following . . .

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