If the man-made moons illuminate an area of 50 square kilometres, the satellites could help replace street lamps in urban areas, saving an estimated 1.2bn yuan ($170 million) a year in electricity costs for Chengdu, the scientist said.
According to engineers at the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, Earth-based operators of the moon will have very precise control over the illumination.
Although many details about both the moon and whether it will actually launch are still unclear, Chunfeng said that it should appear in the sky by 2020, and that tests on the tech have been going on for years. The project will get completed by 2020. The satellite will produce light thanks to a reflective coating that can "deflect sunlight" back to Earth in the same way the moon does, according to China Daily. A second attempt, called Znamya 2.5, was to be made in 1999, prompting preemptive concerns about light pollution disrupting nocturnal animals and astronomical observation.More news: Qld-based Hogan stopped in WBC title bout
The mirrors will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province before the end of the year.
The extraterrestrial source of light could also help rescue efforts in disaster zones during blackouts, he added. Located significantly closer to the earth, Chunfeng estimates that it could provide eight times as much iridescence as the moon.
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It cited Kang Weimin, director of the Institute of Optics, School of Aerospace, Harbin Institute of Technology, who "explained that the light of the satellite is similar to a dusk-like glow, so it should not affect animals' routines".
Reported by the People's Daily, the man-made moon will work in tandem with the star's nighttime illumination to further brighten the city below.
Speaking earlier this month to Channel One Russia, the head of Russia's space programme Dmitry Rogozin said: "I don't rule out that as soon as we agree on the outlines of our lunar programme with the Americans, it is time for our manned lunar programme". The Telegraph's Joseph Archer reports that Russian scientists launched a mirror-equipped spacecraft created to brighten Siberia's sun-deprived streets back in 1999.More news: Delhi factory fire: More than 35 dead in India blaze
Chengdu´s artificial moon project was announced by Wu at an innovation and entrepreneurship conference in Chengdu on October 10.