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The artificial meteor shower is the creation of the Tokyo-based firm Astro Live Experiences (ALE), the BBC first reported.
The company, led by CEO and founder Lena Okajima, works in what it calls the “space entertainment” sector. The artificial meteor shower works similarly to real ones–pellets burn up in the atmosphere, putting on a light show.
ALE’s tech makes the most of the disintegration routine by releasing centimeter-sized pellets that dissolve into bright colors as they heat up and break down in the atmosphere.
ALE claims their version is an improvement over natural meteor showers as it lasts longer and is brighter, so it can be seen even with city lights polluting the dark sky.
The rocket is due to launched at 9:50 a.m. Japan time on Thursday (7:50 p.m. tonight EST) hopefully shooting ALE’s fake meteors into the atmosphere a few minutes after liftoff.
Tokyo, Japan- ALE Co., Ltd. , the Tokyo-based space venture company which is led by its CEO and founder Lena Okajima, has recently announced that they will be launching their first satellite on January 17, 2019, after 7 years of research and development. This satellite will take a ride on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s Epsilon Rocket #4 for the journey to space. ALE aims to realize the world’s first man made meteor with its own satellites, including this one.
The world’s first man made meteor event will take place in the spring of 2020 in Japan at the vicinity of Hiroshima and Seto inland sea. The meteors can be observed by over 6 million people in an area up to 200km in diameter. Using this first satellite and the currently developing second satellite, ALE aims to make the unprecedented man made meteor events into a reality. We call this attempt, "SHOOTING STAR challenge"