In November 2018, a group of researchers from the Hefei Institute of Physical Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASHIPS) surprised the world by announcing the development of an "artificial sun" by means of an experimental reactor Tokamak Superconductor (EAST) . ).
This device, which in its first tests it reached 180 million degrees Fahrenheit, would be able to reproduce the nuclear fusion process of the starry king to obtain energy.
Now, only five months after the announcement, they announced the construction of the reactor, which they christened as HL-2M Tokamak, will end during this year, so it may be released very soon.
This has been revealed Duan Xuru, an official of the National Nuclear Corporation of China, who indicated that, if the project ends on schedule, it could serve as a model for future nuclear fusion reactors, bringing the dream of an unlimited source of clean energy to reality.
Only a year later, in 2020, the artificial moon is also expected to be launched with which the Chinese intend to illuminate their streets.
This is a project of the Research Institute of Microelectronic Systems of Aerospace Science and Technology of China (CASC).
The goal, according to its president, Wu Chunfeng, is to put in orbit a lighting satellite that will offer the city of Chengdu an illumination power "eight times greater than the original moon", in an area that would cover about 31 square miles.
Furthermore, he added that this could provide light in areas affected by natural disasters or blackouts, which it would help search and rescue at night.
Finally, he indicated that, to combat light pollution, this satellite could be adjusted according to circumstances and even shut down completely when needed.