Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectonic Systems Research Institute Co. has made a proposal on 19th October 2018 in People’s Daily online. In fact, the advancement has technology has startle the world with the proposal of launching artificial moon in 2020. Now, it is really astonishing how China plans to do so. It will be quite a promising plan. It will eventually lower the electricity cost.
The plan is to develop “illumination satellites”. These satellites will act as the artificial moon which can light up the streets of China by reflecting the solar light. Isn’t that great? Indeed it is.
The officials of Chengdu have confirmed the news. The first man-made moon will launch from Xichang Satellite launch center in Sichuan. Wu Chungfen, heading the project adds that the artificial moon will shine like a moon. But, the illumination will be stronger. The artificial moon will be eight times stronger than the natural satellite.
Moreover, the illumination satellite is capable of replacing the street lights. This will cut the lighting and electricity costs to a great level. The satellite will consist of a reflecting coat. The reflecting coat will redirect the sunlight falling on it directly to the city of Chengdu.
The first launch will be an experimental. If the first launch proves to be efficient, there is a plan of launching three more satellites by 2022. This will indeed be the product of great civic and commercial importance.
Chengdu estimates to save up to 1.2 billion yuan ($170 million) a year. The artificial moon is capable of illuminating an area of 50 square kilometers that can eventually replace the street lights.
Artificial Satellites former programs
Well, it is not the first time any country has come up with the idea of man-made satellites. Russia during early 1999 also planned to launch orbiting mirrors to light up the city of Siberia. The main objective was to curtail the electricity costs.
The device so developed by the Russians was called Znamya 2. The technology was equipped with mirrors in order to reflect back the sunlight that falls on to the satellite. The reflecting sunlight will be more luminous as compared to the natural satellite of the earth. In order to make the device more productive, the scope became vast. The goal also promised that the satellite will also boost farm productivity in the Soviet Union.
Future projects of China
In spite of all the problems faced by China, they are joining the race of elites. They are competing with the giants like United States and Russia. There are a number of ambitious projects lined up including Chang’e-4 lunar probe which will be launching later in the December.
The rover is designed to explore the “dark side” of the moon. It is named after the moon goddess in the Chinese Mythology.