As emerged from the Science Fiction, the chinese engineers have an ambitious plan to put into orbit the first artificial moon of humanity. The huge engine would have as its purpose to illuminate the city of Chengdu, one of the three most populated in the country, and save the Government $ 173 million dollars a year.
The project was presented this month during an innovation fair in the Wu Chunfeng, president of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute (Casc), where you specified that this satellite false would be designed to complement the illumination of the Moon, although its brightness would be 8 times larger than our only natural satellite.
“The satellite will be able to illuminate an area with a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometers, while the illumination range can be controlled remotely with a computer,” said the entrepreneur.
This is not the first time that it raises this kind of satellites. In fact tests have been carried out with devices of this type, but it is until now that the technology allows to propose a real project. Even, Chunfeng aims to put into orbit the first satellite in 2020. If your results are positive, three others would be launched into space in 2022. The engine will be at a distance of about 500 kilometers from the Earth.
What could affect an artificial moon?
According to astrophysicist Alexander Sanchez, quoted by the daily Trade of Ecuador, the main affected would be the astronomical observation, the plants and the animals.
To the observatories, Sánchez ensures that The Light caused by this type of moon could block the scientific observation of the celestial vault. And is that the charging light on the appliance, 8 times larger than our Moon, could be left without opportunity to instruments that occupy the observatory to record astronomical phenomena.
He also made emphasis on the artificial moon could have a big impact on the ecosystems in the vicinity of Chengdu, as much of the local fauna could count on to perform photosynthesis at night, which would dramatically alter their cycles of growth and shortening given potential to flourish premature infants; which in turn would cause were not prepared for the Winter.
To the animals something similar happens, since many species use darkness as a refuge, even as part of your hunting strategy, or survival. That light would alter this behaviour and cause considerable impacts on the feeding and resting of the local fauna.
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