Cai Yang Xinhua via APChina Planning Probes Manned Missions Ultimately a Base on Moon- Space Chief
19 October, 2018, 12:53
With an ultra-bright full moon each and every night, the city would then be in for serious savings on their monthly electric bills, or at least that appears to be the rationale for the ambitiousproject.
This is due to the object's planned orbit about 500km above Earth－much closer than the 380,000-km distance to the moon, Wu said.
Wu Chunfend, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co., Ltd, revealed the plan at an event in the city on Oct 10, People's Dailyreports.
The reflected sun light can cover an area of 3,600 sq km to 6,400 sq km, and the illumination intensity is expected to be eight times of the moon light, he said. Citing the imagined French necklace of mirrors as the impetus for the project, Chunfeng explained that the technology behind the satellite has been in the testing phase for years but is finally near completion.
Though the first launch will be experimental, the 2022 satellites "will be the real deal with great civic and commercial potential", he said in an interview with China Daily.
The artificial moon might replace some street lights in the urban area, thus conserving energy.
The project has sparked concern from the public, as many began to worry that the lights reflected from space could affect the daily routines of certain animals. Not satisfied with the meager light the Moon reflects back down to Earth at night, scientists in the region plan to launch a satellite that will actually reflect sunlight back down to Earth and turn night into day... sort of.
The moon will orbit the city at a height of 500 kilometers, and will be one of three artificial moons sent into space over the next four years.
The scheme developed by Russian Federation used a device called Znamya 2. The Telegraph's Joseph Archer reports that Russian scientists launched a mirror-equipped spacecraft created to brighten Siberia's sun-deprived streets back in 1999.
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