The crazy project of the Chinese, who think of a second Moon to give light upon the Earth

Le projet fou des Chinois qui réfléchissent à une seconde Lune pour éclairer la Terre

China wants to launch a Moon artificial to give light upon the Earth.

China wants to launch into space by 2020 a “Moon artificial”, that might reflect on Earth the light of the sun during the night and would save lighting

China wants to launch into space by 2020 a “Moon artificial”, that might reflect on Earth the light of the sun during the night and would achieve economies of lighting, has announced Friday, October 19, a media State. This satellite is equipped with a reflecting film would be in charge of illuminating the great city of Chengdu (south-west) and is expected to be eight times brighter than the moon, reports the newspaper China Daily.

Great potential

A first copy of the document should first be sent into space, followed in case of success of the other three in 2022, has explained to the newspaper Wu Chunfeng, the head of the Tian Fu New Area of Science Society, the organization responsible for the project. “The first Moon will be mainly experimental, but any of the three sent in 2022 will be the real finished product. They have a great potential in terms of services to the population and a commercial point of view”, according to Wu Chunfeng.

In returning to Earth the light of the sun, the satellite, which is expected to drop to 500 km altitude, is supposed to be able to substitute partially for streetlights. He might as well save about 1.2 billion yuan (150 million euros) of electricity per year to the city of Chengdu if it happens to illuminate an area of 50 km2. The artificial light source could also be used after natural disasters, diverting the sun’s rays to land areas where the power supply has been cut off, stressed Wu Chunfeng. The AFP has not been able to contact them directly Wu Chunfeng or his / her institution.

A small robot named Chang’e-4

Beijing has for many years been an ambitious space program to catch up on the United States and Russia. The country is planning to send a small robot named Chang’e-4 about the dark side of the Moon by the end of 2018. China is not the first country to attempt to reflect the sun’s rays on the Earth. In the 1990s, Russian scientists had developed a similar project dubbed Znamya (“Banner”), stopped after a few trials.

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