Japanese startup Astro Live Experiences (ALE) has designed a mini satellite whose purpose is to create artificial shooting stars, which have been placed in orbit this January 18 by Japanese rockets. ALE 1, as it is called, was successfully launched into space with the other six small ones satellite ride an Epsilon rocket from the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) Space Center in Uchinoura. The mission of this small satellite is to produce the first artificial star shower in Hiroshima in early 2020.
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Satellites can carry around 400 balls, which in turn will become artificial stars. All satellites reach orbit, according to the agency. ALE researchers developed a high-precision control system that allows precise control of direction, speed and position where particles are released, small metal balls about one centimeter in diameter outside the atmosphere. When they reenter, these balls glow intensely from 60 to 80 kilometers above the ground as if they were natural shooting stars, reports The Ashai Shimbun.
ALE technology allows you to control the satellite, the direction of the ball and the color and brightness of the shooting star. The particles will be released at an altitude of 390 km, lower than ISS orbit about 400 km. If this test is successful, ALE officials have plans for expanded outdoor performances involving falling stars that emit different colors, and better control of where and how long the particles can shine.
The company has chosen Hiroshima by considering factors such as climate and landscape. Japan Airlines and the FamilyMart grocery chain chain will sponsor the show. But if successful, ALE will intensify its marketing abroad. "We also hope to join a big event like Olympic Games and Soccer World Cup"said Lena Okajima, founder and CEO of ALE.
JAXA is preparing for a manned mission to the Moon in 2030. The Japanese Agency has the goal of building a space station in the only natural satellite orbit on Earth.
Source: N +1
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