The state-run Science and Technology Daily has made a special statement that China is all set to roll out three man-made moons in space in the year 2022. The artificial moon is a satellite boasting of an enormous space mirror that can reproduce the sunshine to the Earth.
As per special proposals, the confirmation of unveiling, orbit inoculation, stretching out, lighting, fine-tune and control of the artificial moon will get completed by the year 2020. Wu Chunfeng, head of Tianfu New District System Science Research Institute in Chengdu in China’s southwest Sichuan province made the special declaration.
Three artificial moons will get introduced by the year 2022, it stated. “By then, the three huge mirrors will divide the 360-degree orbital plane, realising illuminating an area for 24 hours continuously,” Wu said.
The reflected sunlight 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 moonlight, he said. The moon orbits the Earth about 380,000 km from the Earth, while the man-made moon is expected to be put on an orbit within 500 km from the Earth, the state-run China Daily reported.
About fears that the artificial moonbeam will disturb the regular day-night sequence of flora and fauna, Wu stated that the strength of light and brightness time can get altered and the accurateness of inflammation can be determined within scores of meters.
When an artificial moon is revolving, people can only witness a bright star in the sky.
The artificial moon by China
Wu stated, “Using man-made moon to brighten the region 50 sq km can save 1.2 billion yuan of electric charge. It can also illuminate blackout zones when natural calamities like earthquake occur.” The US and Russia have researched artificial moon, desiring it can bring ease to night-time actions.
In the nineties, Russia conducted a test named Banner, examining the thought of utilizing a mirror to reflect the sun light to Earth. The mirror failed to unfold in space and the experiment was halted. “China, Russia, the United States, Japan and the European Union are all struggling to make technical revolutions on space energy application program,” Wu said.