A Chinese city is planning to build a man-made moon

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 22, 2018

When the artificial moon would be launched it would complement the moon to make the Chengdu's night skies brighter and would serve as a replacement to the conventional streetlight and would light up areas undergoing power breaks owing to natural calamities.

The illumination satellite is created to complement the moon at night, said Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co., Ltd. He said preliminary testing is now complete, and the satellite should be ready for launch by 2020, according to state media this week.

Speaking at an entrepreneur conference, Wu said the satellite will allow the light to be carefully controlled and kept to an area 10-80 kilometres (around 6-50 miles) in diameter. The team behind the artificial moon will launch it from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan and place it in orbit right above Chengdu.

A Chinese scientist is promising the moon with an illumination satellite that would emit brighter light by 2020.

According to Wu, the "illumination satellite" would be eight times as bright as the actual moon.

The world's first artificial moon will help with lighting the streets at night, explains one of the lead scientists.

On the other hand, artificial moons can also mean a negative impact on many wildlife species who dependent on the moon, to cue certain behaviours. If the project proves successful, it could be joined by three more additions to the night sky in 2022, he said. The real moon, of course, can usually be seen from anywhere on Earth.

Wu said several notable universities and institutes, including Harbin Institute of Technology and China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, have evaluated the man-made moon project and given it their approval for trial and demonstration.

The initiative has already received criticism from skeptics and concerned organizations that fear the adverse effects of the artificial light on animals and astronomical observations.

The project to build Znamya or "Banner" was as old as the late 1980s taken up by Russian engineer, Vladimir Syromyatnikov, known for his brilliant engineering in space technology, including the Vostok, that had put Yuri Gagarin into orbit in 1961.

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