Fireworks of the future? Japan to create fake shooting stars

Signal of change / Fireworks of the future? Japan to create fake shooting stars

By Michelle Lai / 25 Oct 2016

"Japanese space start-up ALE is developing the technology to deliver on-demand man-made meteors, which could turn the night sky into a blank canvas.

"Imagine a future, where you can use our meteors for international fireworks displays, a proposal for marriage, or a special memorial," says Shinsuke Abe, ALE's research director and Nihon University aerospace engineering professor.

"We want people to look up, not down at the ground," says Abe. "People in Japan are so busy everyday and they need more culture and science in their lives to bring them closer to nature, and to relax.""

Are fake shootings stars the new fireworks?

But come 2018, these fleeting fireballs will no longer be left to chance. Japanese space start-up ALE is developing the technology to deliver on-demand man-made meteors, which could turn the night sky into a blank canvas.



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