A Chinese company has announced that the country is planning to launch its own “artificial moon” by the year 2020.
The capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu is planning to replace the streetlights with this illumination satellite which can light an area with a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometres.
According to Wu Chunfeng, CEO of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Corporation this particular satellite is eight times brighter than the real moon.
Chinese scientists are planning to send three artificial moons into space in the next four years and the three artificial moons would operate alternately in order to significantly reduce infrastructural electricity consumption, especially during the winter season.
According to the reports this man made moon could save about 1.2 billion yuan ($240 million) in electricity costs each year, as well as be used to light up areas experiencing power outages due to natural disasters such as such as earthquakes.
According to the People’s Daily Online, The idea of the “artificial moon” came from a French artist, who imagined hanging a necklace made of mirrors above the earth, which could reflect sunshine through the streets of Paris all year round.