Japan satellite to stage 'shows' of artificial shooting stars from 2020


A Japanese firm is set to launch a satellite which would carry out a series of experiments to pave the way to for the world's first artificial meteor shower which would rain down on Earth soon if everything goes as planned.

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

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed that the biggest of the seven satellites aboard the rocket was successfully put into orbit around 50 minutes after the launch, at an altitude of 514 km.

Ale Boss Lena Okajima was thrilled by the successful launch into space: "Now the real work starts", she told the Japanese news Agency Jiji Press.

There are 400 tiny balls on the satellite.

The spacecraft will also loft six cubesats into orbit, including ALE-1, built by the company Astro Live Experiences, which will verify technology to create artificial meteor showers. 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 have been developed by private sector companies and universities.

Tinkering with the ingredients in the balls should mean that it is possible to change the colours they glow, offering the possibility of a multi-coloured flotilla of shooting stars. 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.

The western Japan city rose from the ashes after the 1945 USA atomic bombing and faces the Seto Inland sea where the floating gate of Itsukushima Shrine is.

As the tests are conducted on Friday, the first official meteor shower by ALE Co LTD is expected to take place until 2020.