Bradley Perrett

Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Bradley Perrett, based in Beijing, covers China, Japan, South Korea and Australia. He is a Mandarin-speaking Australian who has lived in China since 2004.


Before joining Aviation Week in 2006 he was a macroeconomics, politics and aerospace journalist with Reuters. Perrett holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Macquarie University, Sydney.


China Claims Strong Progress With Lifting-Body Space Launchers  1
Calt is pursuing three paths to reusable space launch: lifting bodies and, for wingless rockets, parachute recovery and powered landings.
Long March 8 And 5B To Widen China’s New Launcher Family 
Calt will make Long March 8 with propulsion modules from other space launchers. Long March 5B will omit a module.
Casc Aims Solid-Propellant Motors At Commercial Space Launch 
Casc’s Xian propulsion institute will lighten its P35 solid-propellant motor, then develop a larger derivative, presumably for a new space launcher
First Japanese F-35 Emerges from MHI
It’s a far cry from the early 1970s, when Mitsubishi Heavy Industries built some 20 F-4 Phantoms a year, but the company has just rolled out the first of 38 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightnings scheduled for local assembly.
New Space Launcher Will Probably Replace Long March 3A
​Interchangeable modularity is a central concept for China’s new family of space launchers. With initial versions of three rocket types now flying, the industry is moving on to widening the payload options with new combinations of propulsion modules.
Simplified Long March 5 To Loft China’s Space Station 
A second, simplified version of the Long March 5 space launcher will be used to build the space station that China plans to complete by 2022.
China Claims Progress On Lifting-Body Space Launchers 
China is making fairly quick progress in research aimed at eventual development of a reusable lifting-body space launcher.
CASC Shows Multi-Launch Concept For Manned Moon Mission 
Assembling a spacecraft in space appears to be a continuing option for China’s proposed manned lunar missions, one that would avoid the need to build an enormous Moon rocket.
Funding For Chinese Deep-Space Program Nears Approval  2
Objectives include studying the Solar System's origins, the possibility of extraterrestrial life and dangers to Earth from the Sun and small space objects.
South Korea Receives Sigint Aircraft Based On Falcon 2000  2
Festooned with antennas, the aircraft notably features a large fairing with a dielectric window under the forward fuselage and many blade antennas aft.
Big Rocket, Multiple Launches Among China’s Moonshot Choices  19
As CALT works on the propulsion and structural challenges of a huge Moon rocket, the alternative of multiple smaller launches is also considered.
North Korea Takes Peek At Thaad With Tiny Drone 
North Korea has reconnoitered the U.S. Army’s newly installed Thaad battery at Seongju in South Korea with a small, pilotless aircraft, the joint chiefs of staff in Seoul say.
New Sigint Aircraft Arrives In South Korea 
The South Korean Air Force has received and begun operating at least one signals intelligence (sigint) aircraft based on a Dassault Falcon 2000 business jet.
Chinese Engine Plan Suggests Substantial Moon Base 
China's proposed Long March 9 Moon rocket would be powerful enough to send an object rather larger than the U.S. Lunar Module to the Moon’s surface.
New South Korean Sigint Aircraft Arrives 
The South Korean Air Force has received and begun operating at least one signals intelligence (sigint) aircraft based on a Dassault Falcon 2000 business jet.
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