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IPFS News Link • China

Orbits and lighting levels for artificial moon satellite over China

•, brian wang

This article is referring to Chinese statements about their mirror moonlight system and referencing a presentation "Mirrors in Dawn Dusk Orbit for Low-Cost Terrestrial Solar Electric Power in the Evening" at the AIAA tech conference on 2013. The work in China has to obey the physics and orbital mechanics of such light reflecting systems. Lewis M. Fraas JX Crystals and
Billy Derbes and Arthur Palisoc of L'Garde Tustin, CA wrote the AIAA paper.

China plans to put an artificial moon in orbit above Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan by 2020. If the launch proves successful, three more such objects will be launched in 2022, Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society in Chengdu.

Astronomers complain that the artificial moon mirrors would make light pollution 50 times worse.