A Japanese firm is preparing to launch a satellite to carry out tests which will pave the way for the creation of artificial Meteor Shower shooting stars.
On January 17, the Tokyo-based company ALE will send a spacecraft into orbit attached to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA)’s Epsilon Rocket #4.
The mission is designed to carry out tests to assess the feasibility of creating a man-made meteor shower. Lena Okajima, CEO of ALE, said: ‘Just a few days ago, I witnessed our completed satellite being mounted onto the rocket that will eventually take our satellite into space.
The completed satellite was absolutely gorgeous, mounted majestically on the rocket and when I realized that would soon travel to space, it seemed surreal. We have come a long way, but there is still a long path ahead for us.
My emotions are swaying between the accomplishment of completing our satellite, and a sense of responsibility for all the tasks that lie ahead of us.
The satellite will launch a small clump of ‘confidential non-toxic material’ into the atmosphere to see if it becomes a shooting star. If this is successful, it’s hoped that meteor showers will be created on the request of anyone rich enough to order one.
The first ‘man-made meteor event’ is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020 over Japan and should be visible to up to six million people living near the city of Hiroshima.