China to launch an 'artificial moon' into orbit by 2020

China to launch'artificial moon by 2020 says new research

The plan was announced to the public by Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co., Ltd, during the national mass innovation and entrepreneurship activity held in the city on October 10, People's Daily reported.

The artificial moon will be brighter than the one we're used to, according to Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society in Chengdu, who spoke to China Daily.

Apparently, the city of Chengdu is hoping to unveil its artificial moon by 2020. "Artificial Moon" would have the same drawback as the real, the light from it is hard to reach the Earth's surface in cloudy weather.

This "fake moon," which is really a sophisticated "solar mirror", will be placed in a geosynchronous orbit so that it will hover only over Chengdu. However, they dropped the project after the mirror didn't unfold and it incinerated on its way into space, Time magazine reports.

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.

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Wu estimated that new moons could save the city of Chengdu around 1.2 billion yuan ($173 million) in electricity costs annually, and could even assist first responders during blackouts and natural disasters. The imitation celestial body - essentially an illuminated satellite - will bear a reflective coating to cast sunlight back to Earth, where it will supplement streetlights at night.

"The light of the satellite is similar to the twilight world, so it should not interfere with the nocturnal animals", commented the establishment of the Chinese artificial moon Kang Weiming from Harbin Polytechnic University.

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.

Note that in 1990-e years Russian Federation has implemented a program of experiments with the large "mirrors" or special reflectors in space under the name "Flag".

Mr. Wu concluded that China, Russia, the U.S., Japan, and European countries have all been looking to use reflecting mirrors and harness energy from space.

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