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Chinese private space company joins Taobao to experiment delivering on-demand packages by reusable rocket

Sepoch Hiker No 1, a medium-sized reusable liquid carrier rocket developed by Beijing Sepoch Technology Co. Photo:Beijing Sepoch Technology Co

Sepoch Hiker No 1, a medium-sized reusable liquid carrier rocket developed by Beijing Sepoch Technology Co. Photo:Beijing Sepoch Technology Co

Privately-run Beijing Sepoch Technology Co announced on Sunday that it will collaborate with Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao, an affiliate of Alibaba, to experiment delivering on-demand packages by reusable rockets. 

The first test will be tried out in 2024, according to Beijing Sepoch. If the project moves smoothly, international delivery packages could be completed by a rocket within hours. 

The private space company confirmed the plan with the Global Times on Sunday. The delivery will use the first stage of Sepoch Hiker, a medium-sized reusable liquid carrier rocket developed by the company. 

The rocket’s body is made using stainless steel, and it incorporates industrial manufacturing technology with innovative maritime recycling technology, which reduces research and development time and efficiently brings down the manufacturing risks. If proved successful, the rockets could meet soaring demand for international deliveries. 

The Sepoch Hiker has set up a cargo-space holding area, with a capacity of loading 10-ton payload of goods. The cargo-space has a designed volume of 120 cubic meters and a diameter of 4.2 meters, meaning that it will not only transport a large quantity of medium- and small-sized packages but also large cargoes such as auto vehicles and even minivans.

The company says that delivering cargo by reusable rockets could be a difficult mission in the short term, based on the current technologies and capacities. But that it could be a “meaningful long-term exploration,” the company stated.

In 2023, the company has completed the static ignition test and sea splashdown recovery test of the Sepoch Hiker rocket. It plans to conduct the first sea splashdown recovery flight test soon, followed by the first rocket delivery test within China.

Global Times

State Grid Jining Power Supply Company: precision services secure power supply in key enterprises

Photo: Courtesy of State Grid Jining Power Supply Company

Photo: Courtesy of State Grid Jining Power Supply Company

Recently, major projects across Shandong Province have been moving forward vigorously, with a focus on increasing effective investment and accelerating construction for earlier operations. State Grid Jining Power Supply Company has proactively intervened by ramping up power grid building and improving power supply services to secure uninterrupted power supply. The aim is to facilitate the completion of major projects and push for a turnaround in overall economic performance in the province.

Shengfa Coking Co., Ltd. is a key project in provincial-level investment in Shandong. Its “coal-coking-ammonia” comprehensive utilization demonstration project covers an area of about 900 mu (60 hectares), mainly involving the plant for ammonia production through coking, coke dry quenching (CDQ) waste heat power generation, and comprehensive promotion and application of coke oven gas for ammonia production. Upon learning of the enterprise’s demand to install two 1,600 kVA transformers in the power distribution engineering project, the State Grid Jining Power Supply Company promptly responded by organizing the State Grid Yutai Power Supply Company to set up both an “account manager and project manager” to serve the project. To ensure that special matters would be handled in time, they offered a green channel for addressing the project’s power demands, streamlined the workflow to the maximum extent, and closely tracked progress. Multiple measures have been taken to guarantee efficiency across the whole process, including business handling, response to power supply solutions, on-the-spot coordination, acceptance upon completion, and electricity meter installation, to secure the power supply for construction and early acceptance of the power distribution project. Since last year, the State Grid Yutai Power Supply Company has dealt with high- and low-voltage business expansions for 186 customers with a combined capacity of 70,500 kVA, installing 15 pole-mounted switches and 36 sets of dropout fuses. Notably, all these affairs have been handled online.

Photo: Courtesy of State Grid Jining Power Supply Company

Photo: Courtesy of State Grid Jining Power Supply Company

In terms of supporting provincial-level key enterprises, the State Grid Jining Power Supply Company prioritizes serving key projects by establishing and improving a whole-process service mechanism for power supply. It takes proactive measures to convey and promptly address customers’ electricity needs and sets up flexible service teams with multiple specialties. Simultaneously, making full use of the interconnection interface between the government services platform and power marketing system, the State Grid Jining Power Supply Company offers key projects one-stop services, including pre-use consultation, installation application, joint surveying, agency and assistance, to ensure that electricity is readily available when needed, not the other way around. Such efforts contribute to the continuous improvement of the power business environment, thereby promoting high-quality economic development in the region.