China preparing launch of artificial moons – replacing streetlights, no electric connection required!


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China is planning to launch its own ‘artificial moon’ by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas…

Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing “illumination satellites” which will shine in tandem with the real moon but are eight times brighter…

By reflecting light from the sun, the satellites could replace streetlamps in urban areas, saving an estimated 1.2bn yuan ($170 million) a year in electricity costs for Chengdu, if the man-made moons illuminate an area of 50 square kilometres.

I worked on reflectorized mylar used in early satellites for radio reflectivity…cripes, back in the early 1960s. Yup, and some of the stuff found its way into my apartment as hip, mirrored decorations. Cheap as all getout to produce.

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