A private aerospace institute in China has announced that it plans to launch an artificial moon into stationary orbit above the city of Chengdu in the Sichuan province city to serve as a sunlight reflector and provide a backup light source for residents. Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co., said the artificial moon has been under development for a few years and ‘is now nearly ready to launch.’ Continue reading for another video and more information.
“If the 2020 project does succeed, Wu claimed that two additional moons could be ready for orbit by 2022. ‘By then, the three huge mirrors will divide the 360-degree orbital plane, realizing illuminating an area for 24 hours continuously,’ he said. The project aims to help Chengdu save money and electricity on street lamps and provide a reliable light source during blackouts caused by natural disasters and grid malfunctions,” reports Inhabitat.