Japan launches man-made meteor shower


ALE says each satellite will provide on-demand shooting stars service to paying customers.

A Japanese company plans to stage the world's first artificial meteor shower after a rocket carrying its technology was launched into space.

The satellite was launched from the Uchinoura Space Center by JAXA.

The launch by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) of the Epsilon-4 rocket, from Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, is the first since new rules were set in November to promote private-sector space development activities.

The man-made meteor shower will be observable by up to six million people over an area of 200km wide. For the middle of the year should be carried by another satellite in the Orbit.

Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstoration-1 is a suite of seven small satellite missions.

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In the interior of the satellites are 400 small balls - they are about an inch tall.

All seven satellites separated from the launch vehicle successfully. According to the company, each event will involve about 20 shooting stars, which means 400 pellets should be enough to deliver 20 or 30 events.

The satellites are programmed to ejects the balls at the right location. A luminous tail. Any artificial shooting Star light for several seconds, and in a variety of colors so bright that they should even be on cities such as Tokyo.

ALE is working in collaboration with scientists and engineers at Japanese universities as well as local government officials and corporate sponsors.

"I was too moved for words", Lena Okajima, president of the startup behind the artificial meteor showers, told the Jiji Press agency."I feel like now the hard work is ahead".