Do you still remember China’s plan to make a fake moon? After only being referred to as ‘a satellite that is able to reflect the sun’s light’, now the actual form of the artificial moon is known, namely space solar panels (SSP).
This project is certainly very ambitious. Its potential makes it called the biggest renewable energy source and can meet the electricity needs of all humans according to the National Space Society (NSS). The researchers also assume that the CNS will be very expensive.
However, two years ago, the Chinese government had intended to invest heavily in renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, water and nuclear power, by 2020. Its value is not playful, which is 2.5 trillion yuan, or is now worth Rp. 5,271 trillion, as quoted from CNN, Selaas (3/5/2019).
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, aka the space agency owned by the Bamboo Curtain State government, hopes that the SSP will be operational by 2050.
Means, it took 30 years for the space solar panels to operate after it was launched, considering that China plans to send it into orbit by 2020.
To build it, all the components needed, from panels and technology to transmit energy, will be launched into space. They will just be installed there, maybe this makes it take time to be ready for use.
The plan, he will be placed in geostationary orbit which is 36,000 km above Earth. The SSP will send energy, whether it’s a laser or a microwave, to Earth and converted into electricity so that it can be distributed through SUTET. The energy receiving station from the SSP itself was built in Xian, Shaanxi Province, China.
Experts estimate that the SSP will be very large. At the very least, to produce power of 1 gigawatt, the size can reach 2 square kilometers, or about 4 times the area of Great Britain.
This makes sense with previous claims that the artificial Moon would be eight times brighter than real Earth natural satellites. The cost of electricity that can be saved can touch the figure of 1.2 billion yuan.
It is interesting to see whether China can really create artificial moon in about 3 decades.