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Our Vision

Experience a whole new level of entertainment

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Mission

Innovation in Space Technology using Science and Entertainment

Sky Canvas, the world’s first artificial shooting star project, aims to bring people all over the world together to witness an unprecedented, collective experience.

Using space as our stage, we will constantly strive to bring to life new levels of entertainment. We will use our technical expertise and know-how to contribute to the development of science.

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Service

Artificial Shooting Star Project “Sky Canvas”

We aim to produce artificial shooting stars by projecting particles, made out of special materials, from orbiting micro-satellites. When the particles re-enter the earth’s atmosphere, they burn through a process known as plasma emission, creating the appearance of shooting stars on the ground. The particles burn with a sufficient brightness to be visible by people in an area upto 200km in diameter.

How the Technology Works
Visibility Range of a Shooting Star

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Future

As well as entertainment,we are hoping to contribute to scientific development

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By studying the path of artificial shooting stars where the angle of incidence, velocity and materials are known, we hope to be able to better understand the mechanics of naturally occurring shooting stars and meteorites.

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The upper atmosphere where our shooting star particles will burn has few means of observation currently and remains one of the least understood portions of the atmosphere. By studying the path and mechanics of our shooting star particles passing through this portion of the atmosphere, we hope to contribute to scientific understanding in this field.

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The data collected via this project will be useful for predicting the path of satellites and artificial objects as they re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. This has potential applications in the safe disposal of space debris.

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Team

  • Dr. Lena Okajima
    Founder, CEO

    Lena founded ALE in September 2011 and serves as its CEO. Prior to ALE, Lena worked in bond investment and private equity at Goldman Sachs. She is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded two companies in the past in the mobile gaming and consulting industries. During her time heading the mobile gaming company, she was selected as a member of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) open lab. Lena received her Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Tokyo.

  • Dr. Toshinori Kuwahara
    Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University
  • Dr. Hironori Sahara
    Professor, Faculty of System Design, Division of Aerospace Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University
  • Dr. Takeo Watanabe
    Associate Professor, Aerospace Course, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kanagawa Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Shinsuke Abe
    Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, College of Science and Technology, Nihon University

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Company

Overview

About Us
ALE Co., Ltd.
Location
Kawamoto Building 2F, 2-21-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, Zip 107-0052Map
TEL
03-3248-1630
CEO
Lena Okajima
Incorporated
September 1st, 2011
Nature of Business
Space-related Entertainment Business (Artificial Shooting Stars, etc), Satellite Business
Careers

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Contact

info[at]star-ale[dot]com