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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Russian Kickstarter Proposes Satellite To Use Sunlight To Illuminate The Night Sky

Russian Beacon Satellite Set to Light Up the Night Sky: 'Artificial Star' Would Reflect Sunlight to Illuminate Parts of Earth

Crowdfunding target for next stage of testing has now been reached. Raised almost 1.8 million rubles (£17,365/$24,235) from 2,322 sponsors. It will be launched from a Soyuz 2 rocket with help from Roscosmos. Made of a reflective thin polymer film 20 times thinner than human hair.

Abigail Beall | March 1, 2016

The brightest star in the night sky is Sirius, known as the 'dog star' or Alpha Canis Majoris.
But that could be about to change if a crowdfunded project in Russia takes off as planned later this year.
Called the 'Mayak' or 'Beacon' project, engineers are hoping to launch a satellite that will become the brightest object in our skies, apart from the sun, thanks to a giant reflective sheet of material.

Russian Crowdfunded Satellite Set to Become the Night Sky's Brightest Star. Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (A Russian satellite could soon be the brightest 'star' in the night sky. Just don't wish on it. March 1, 2016) and (Russian crowdfunded reflector satellite aims to be “brightest star in the sky”. Mayak will bounce sun's rays back with 16 square meters of reflectors. February 29, 2016)>

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