The world's first artificial moon is expected to be launched in less than two years.
Chinese scientists hope to have the Moon, which is essentially a satellite designed to supplement the moon and illuminate the city's streets by 2020.
The moon will have a reflective coating that directs sunlight back to Earth, making it look much like the moon.
China Daily says the artificially created moon is being orbited by the Xichang Satellite Launch Center via Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.
It is planned to circle about 31
"This is not enough to brighten the whole sky," said Wu Chungfeng, head of the Tian Fu New Area Science Society in Chengdu. "The expected brightness in the eyes of humans is about one-fifth of the normal street lighting."
It will be enough to shed some light on the catastrophic blackouts and provide urgent help and assistance to rescue workers.
The location and brightness of the beam will be changed according to China Daily and it will be a way to replace some street lighting in urban areas, saving energy costs – approximately $ 174 million a year in the city of Chengdu.
Even though several universities and institutes gave their approval to the project created by humans after the evaluation, Wu criticized the possibility of physiological consequences for humans and animals. He said that the absence of regular alternating between night and day could disrupt metabolic patterns, including sleep.
He said the test phases would be done in an uninhabited desert.
"Our beams do not disturb people or space observation equipment on Earth," Wu said. "When the satellite is in operation, people will only see a bright star above and not a huge moon as expected."
He added that there is still work to be done, but that the moon, to be put into orbit by 2020, is only experimental.
"Three moons in 2022 will be a real business with great civil and commercial potential," Wu said.
He said that many countries, including the United States, want to capitalize on the use of space-based energy and that reflective mirrors have long been debated.
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Graham Media Group 2018