Japanese firm to deliver artificial meteor shower over Hiroshima using satellite

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While one satellite will try to create artificial shooting stars, another will test transmission equipment and cameras made from commercial parts.

The Epsilon-4 rocket lifting off from the Uchinoura Space Center on January 18.

Founded in 2011, Astro Live Experiences (ALE) launched its first test microsatellite into orbit on board an Epsilon rocket from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center in Japan.

Even though it will be artificial, the light generated should be spectacular and even be bright enough to be visible in areas with heavy light pollution, according to the company.

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Six other satellites were aboard the rocket, and all of them were released at about 310 miles (500 kilometers) above Earth.

The rocket is carrying a total of seven ultra-small satellites that will demonstrate various "innovative" technologies, the news report added. "I feel like now the hard work is ahead". The satellite has 400 tiny balls whose formula has been kept under the wraps. A second satellite will be launch in a couple of months and it will be carried by a private-sector rocket.

When its two satellites are in orbit, they can be used separately or in tandem, and will be programmed to eject the balls at the right location, speed and direction to put on a show for viewers on the ground. Okajima has said her company chose Hiroshima for its first display because of its good weather, landscape and cultural assets. The company is also working with scientists at Japanese universities as well as the officials from the government.

The hope is to have the device, called Sky Canvas, fully functional by next year, when it plans to shower artificial meteors over Hiroshima, 75 years after America dropped atomic bombs on the city during WWII.

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