Rocket de­sign­ers set crosshairs on new air pu­ri­fiers

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­

Chi­nese car­rier rocket de­sign­ers are us­ing their knowl­edge and ex­per­tise to tap into the pub­lic’s de­mand for fresh and clean air.

The China Acad­emy of Launch Ve­hi­cle Tech­nol­ogy in Bei­jing, a ma­jor de­vel­oper of the na­tion’s car­rier rock­ets and bal­lis­tic mis­siles, will soon put on the mar­ket an air pu­ri­fier that de­vel­op­ers say in­cor­po­rates a host of cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies used on rock­ets.

Bei­jing Ares Tech­nol­ogy Co, a sub­sidiary of the acad­emy re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing of air pu­ri­fiers, has sold 10,000 Al­pha-blue air pu­ri­fiers, de­vel­oped by rocket de­sign­ers, to space in­dus­try work­ers and will launch 5,000 sets on the open mar­ket af­ter the com­ing Chi­nese New Year.

Wang Libo, chair­man of Bei­jing AresTech­nol­ogy, said on Wed­nes­day that he ex­pects the prod­uct to be pop­u­lar be­cause it has bet­ter ca­pa­bil­i­ties com­pared with other air pu­ri­fiers of its kind on theChi­ne­se­mar­ket, while be­ing rea­son­ably priced.

“Com­pared with other pu­ri­fiers of its size, the Al­pha-blue has a much higher rate of de­liv­er­ing clear air and ab­sorb­ing formalde­hyde in a given pe­riod of time be­cause we pow­der­coat its fil­ter screens with nanoplat­inum par­ti­cles that are widely used in rocket pro­duc­tion,” he said.

“We also made use of our de­sign­ers’ knowl­edge of aero­dy­nam­ics that they gained through the mak­ing of rocket bod­ies and en­gines to de­sign the air pu­ri­fier’s in­takes and out­lets to en­sure it has bet­ter air cir­cu­la­tion com­pared with other prod­ucts,” Wang added.

In ad­di­tion, com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als and re­mote con­trol tech­nolo­gies adopted by Chi­nese car­rier rock­ets have also been used in Al­pha-blue, ac­cord­ing toWang.

An Al­pha-blue air pu­ri­fier sells for 4,999 yuan ($727), much less than other pu­ri­fiers with its ca­pac­ity, which usu­ally have a price of at least 8,000 yuan, he said.

“The acad­emy has been trans­fer­ring its space tech­nolo­gies to med­i­cal air pu­rifi­ca­tion for many years and has served a lot of hos­pi­tals. Now we want to help the pub­lic get rid of PM2.5,” he ex­plained, re­fer­ring to the most feared pol­lu­tant in Chi­nese cities— par­tic­u­late mat­ter with a di­am­e­ter smaller than 2.5 mi­crons that can pen­e­trate the lungs and se­ri­ously harm health.

Sev­eral agents have signed con­tracts with Ares Tech­nol­ogy, while the com­pany is also devel­op­ing a store on Taobao, the most pop­u­lar on­line shop­ping web­site in China, Wang said.

Zhao Xiaozhuo, an elec­tronic en­gi­neer at China Acad­emy of Launch Ve­hi­cle Tech­nol­ogy who took part in the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion’s new­est Long March 5 and Long March 7 car­rier rock­ets, said he adopted mon­i­tor equip­ment used on rock­ets for the Al­pha-blue that al­lows users to mon­i­tor and con­trol the ma­chine any­where and any­time.

He added that the Al­ph­ablue’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties have been mea­sured by China’s top qual­ity cer­ti­fi­ca­tion firm and the test re­sults show it has bet­ter per­for­mance than most pu­ri­fiers on the Chi­nese mar­ket.

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