China to Launch an Artificial Moon

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Local, state-owned newspapers in Chengdu, China announced a plan to launch an artificial moon above the city in 2020. The satellite would reflect sunlight to an area between 10 and 80 kilometers in diameter, and shine 8 times brighter than Earth's own moon. The plan is to at least partially replace street lights with artificial moonlight, which could save a substantial amount of electricity and provide illumination during blackouts. China is trying to bring their space program up to par with the U.S. and Russia, and this is definitely a step in that direction.

The paper added that testing the illumination satellite started years ago and all the technology and design had been finalized. The man-made moon has a highly reflective coating to reflect light from the sun with solar panel-like wings whose angles can be adjusted to realize “precise lighting.” The 14,300-square-meter city of Chengdu would be the primal focus of the light from the man-made moon, and astronomers throughout China and overseas should be able to spot the glowing star at night. But no further specifications of the spacecraft, or its launch date, were available. Chengdu officials expect the city to reel in more tourists when the artificial moon is up and shining.
 

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Anyone believe this is to reflect sunlight? Some "Party Official" saw James Bond and went OMG that laser reflective satellite would be sweet!
Actually the concept of this exact thing has been around for a long time.

Imagine how much better your crop yield would be if you had an extra 2-3 hours of daylight every day to help them grow? (Yes, plants need nighttime for some things, but they need less than nature has naturally.)

Granted, this is 'relatively' low-scale, but it's a thing people have been working on / looking into for a long while.
 
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It will probably piss off the Chinese, but EU have just passed the Type II civilization act, meaning we will soon start to harvest the whole sun for our Einstein - Rosen bridge.
Just too bad for the British,,,,, and the rest of you suckers :whistle:
 

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Satellite to reflect the sun.... who else thinks they're going to be roasting their citizens like a kid with a magnifying glass and a trail of ants.
 

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It would probably save more power and pollution to wipe out the whole city if Chengdu instead of putting a reflector in space, so as i am not living there my vote are on death star.
 

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put the thing next to the sun, transform its input energy to gamma rays, and put the receiver in Chengdu
 

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They did that with their manned spaceflights. This is for orbital based nukes. We had a treaty banning them with the Soviets, not sure if anyone thought to involve China. Orbital nukes massively reduce the flight time and shorten's your ability to retaliate or bring on a defensive system.
 

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The thing that bothers me is the technology has been there for decades to pollute the skies with Billboards. US wouldn't do it. Soviets wouldn't do it. Russia can't do it. Not sure what China won't do for a quick buck.
 
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The thing that bothers me is the technology has been there for decades to pollute the skies with Billboards. US wouldn't do it. Soviets wouldn't do it. Russia can't do it. Not sure what China won't do for a quick buck.
No, they won't.
All airspace is controlled by the military....which means it's controlled by the Party.
The Party already has so many ways to enrich themselves at the expense of its citizenry they don't need billboards in the sky advertising their thievery and pillaging.
 

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The Party already has so many ways to enrich themselves at the expense of it's citizenry

Indeed, they are like us around 1900, but there will be no splitting up of Standard oil in China.
Just imagine what a country it could have been if they dident insist of making the same stupid mistakes we did / do. So a great opportunity pissed away,,,,, just like we also did / do with our societies.
 
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