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If you are rich enough, you’d be soon able to buy a fake meteor shower to impress your loved ones. The private space industry is reportedly working on a better alternative to fireworks, but only for the ultra-rich.
A Japan-based “aerospace entertainment” company recently said it would offer private celestial shows to people wealthy enough to afford them. However, the proposal was met with criticism as fake meteor showers will only further clutter the space.
The company plans to demonstrate that an artificial meteor shower is doable with a real show over Hiroshima in the spring of 2020. The event will be possible with help from a space satellite located 200 miles over ground.
The satellite would create 15 to 20 artificial meteors in orange, green, and blue colors. The fake meteors are just half an inch wide.
We want to provide meteor showers on demand,
a spokesperson for the company behind the proposal, the Astro Live Experiences (ALE), said.
Technology behind Fake Meteor Showers Needs Improvements
If the 2019 celestial show is successful, fake meteor showers could be used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, until then, the technology needs plenty of improvements.
ALE’s mission statement is to “promote science through entertainment.” The project to create fake meteor showers is called the ‘SHOOTING STAR challenge’ and it is a world’s first.
While the Hiroshima meteor shower was scheduled for the summer of 2019, that plan was postponed to the spring of 2020. The company cited further improvements to the technology powering the microsatellite behind it. Also, the satellite is reportedly being under construction.
In addition, the Japanese now want to add thrusters to the microsatellite which will enable ground controllers to “fine tune [its] trajectory.” ALE believes that the enhancement can prolong the life of the satellite and boost its odds of success.
Image Source: NASA