According to China Daily reports, "China plans to launch its own" artificial moon "by 2020, with a plan to replace street lamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas." Lighting satellites "are being developed in Chengdu, southwestern province of Sichuan.
As reported, this "artificial moon" will shine with the true moon, but eight times will be brighter than the actual moon. In an interview with China Daily, Wu Chunfeng, chief executive officer of Tian Fu of the New Science Society, said the organization responsible for this project said: "The first month of art will be launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, with three more to follow 2022 if the first test goes well."
"Although it will be experimental for the first time, satellites in 2022 will be a reality with great civic and commercial potential," he said in an interview with China Daily. With regard to the sunlight, satellites could replace urban street lighting, which would save the cost of electricity in Chengdu by about 1.2 billion yuan ($ 170 million) a year if a human induced moon illuminates an area of 50 square kilometers, "The source of the extraterrestrial light could also help save efforts in disastrous areas during the interruption," Chunfeng added.
While China's space program is close to the United States and Russia, a series of ambitious projects are underway, including the Chang-e-4 Monthly Sonu – named after the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology – later this year. If it succeeds, it will be the first rover to explore the "dark side" of the moon. Chengdu's artificial moon project announced at Wu's Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Chengdu on October 10