China to launch its artificial moon by 2022 to replace streetlights – will they succeed?

China to launch artificial moon

China is preparing to launch 3 artificial moons in Space in 2022, the state Run Science and Technology China Daily reported.

The artificial moon will be a satellite carrying a huge space mirror, which can reflect the sunlight to the sun-deprived Earth parts. Three artificial moons will be launched in 2022, it said.

According to plan 2020, the verification of launch, orbit injection, unfolding, illumination, adjust and control of the man-made moon will be completed by 2020, the China Daily report, quoting Wu Chunfeng, head of Tianfu New District System Science Research Institute in Chengdu in China’s southwest Sichuan province.

Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Corporation said that illuminating satellite would provide a “dusk-like glow”.

“The satellites’ brightness and service time are both adjustable, and the accuracy of the lighting can be controlled within tens of meters,” Mr. Wu further added.

And since the satellite will be movable, it can be shifted easily to remote areas and can assist in disaster relief by beaming light on areas that lost power.

How will it work:

The artificial moon will be a satellite carrying a huge space mirror, which can reflect the sunlight to the Earth, where it will supplement streetlights at night. The scientists are of the view that china’s artificial moon size will be eight times more luminous than the actual moonlight.

The artificial moonlight can cover an area of 3,600 sq km to 6,400 sq km, and the illumination intensity can be controllable.

The moon orbits the Earth about 380,000 km from the Earth, while the artificial moon is expected to be put on an orbit within 500 km from the Earth.

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What is the purpose behind it?

The basic purpose is to save energy and can provide relief to disastrous/blackout areas like earthquakes. Technology advancement will also be the main goal. Lighting from the artificial moon covering 50 square kilometers in Chengdu could save about 1.2 billion yuan ($240 million) in electricity costs every year, said Mr. Wu.

It can be an investment for future generations and will open up multiple ways to explore some other stuff. Electricity at night is very expensive, It’ll also help out in the long term from the economic point of view.

Is it really work?

Well, it’s possible and it had been done before two times but didn’t effective. In the 1990s, Russia experimented with using an orbital mirror to reflect sunlight on some of its northern cities which are sun-deprived. The project was abandoned in 1999 after the mirror failed to unfold and was burst into the atmosphere.

Two attempts were made by Znamya to beam solar energy to earth but failed in the late 1990s. The Znamya project was a series of orbital mirror experiments in the 1990s and was abandoned later on.

Let’s see how the Chinese Artificial Moon projects work and would it be able to compete with Metaverse….! Wish them good luck.