Published on : Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Doctor Liu Ruopeng has been called the Elon Musk of China. His company handles several projects that sound like they are straight from science fiction – balloons that fly to space, jetpacks, flying cars and metamaterials.
Metamaterials made Dr. Liu famous. As a doctorate student at Duke University, he became known for his work on the “invisibility cloak,” a type of material that manipulates light and makes the wearer seem invisible.
His company Kuang-Chi Science Limited made its first appearance in 2010 with only five employees. Today, Kuang-Chi, and its so-called Global Community of Innovation, has more than 2,600 employees in 18 countries and regions. They have launched an Innovation Center in Tel Aviv, Israel and opened the ASEAN Innovation Headquarters in Singapore. Dr. Liu said, “Our goal is to reach that point in five years and this is our second year. We want to keep the price low, the first goal is below US$ 100,000, and the second one is below US$ 50,000. ”
Dr. Liu added, “Very few companies are working on airplanes, jetpacks, rockets, space, and metamaterials. It’s way easier compared with 10 years ago if you want to build a rocket, or an airplane or anything like this. I think it will be a new trend for people to go to this heavy industry. If you think about technology, new types of aircraft and the engineering and production work it is extremely difficult and it is long-term and expensive.
But on the other hand, I think this is something that people want. You need some companies to insist on developing this very useful and breakthrough technology for all these potential customers. The second thing is that, if you only focus on the jetpack, you will see a lot of challenges in the short-term, but we are actually using similar technology to build some other useful vehicles.” Dr. Liu said that his company wants to invest in technology that can make machines smarter.
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