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China to start moonlight in outer space

China plans to launch its own "artificial moon" by 2020 to replace street lighting and reduce electricity costs in cities,…

China plans to launch its own “artificial moon” by 2020 to replace street lighting and reduce electricity costs in cities, reported state media on Friday.

Chengdu, a city in southwest Sichuan province, develops “lighting satellites” that will shine as the real moon, but is eight times brighter, according to China Daily.

The first artificial moon will be launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, with three more to follow in 2022 if the first test goes well, said Wu Chunfeng, director of the Tian Fu New Area Science Society, the organization responsible for the project .

Although 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.

By reflecting light from the sun, the satellites could replace street lamps in urban areas, giving an estimated 1.2 billion yuan (170 million dollars) a year in electricity costs for Chengdu if the moonlight illuminates an area of ​​50 square kilometers.

The extraterrestrial light source can also help rescue efforts in disaster zones during power outages, he added.

AFP could not contact Wu or Tian Fu New Area Science Society to confirm the reports.

As China’s space program rages to catch up with the United States and Russia, a number of ambitious projects are under way, including the Chang 4-moon prob – named after the goddess moon in Chinese mythology – aimed at launching later this year. If it succeeds, it will be the first rover to explore the moon’s “dark side”.

China is not the first country to try to radiant sunlight back to earth. In the 1990s, Russian scientists used giant mirrors to reflect light from space in an experimental project called Znamya or Banner.

Chengdu artificial multiplayer was announced by Wu at an innovation and entrepreneurial conference in Chengdu on October 10th.

In addition to the Tian Fu New Area Science Society, other universities and institutes, including the Harbin Institute of Technology and China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, were involved in the development of Chengdu lighting satellites.

There is no moon … China plans to change street lighting with light from an “artificial moon”

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