Lena Okajima, CEO of ALE Co., Ltd. (ALE), and Associate Professor Toshinori Kuwahara of Tohoku University were awarded the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize – The Advanced Technology Award 2020 at the 34th Fuji Sankei Business i Awards (first prize in the working adult section). The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize is an award for science and engineering students, young researchers in companies and research labs who have achieved excellent results in helping Japan become a nation of science and technology creation.
Award details are as follows.
Generation technology for man-made shooting star using satellite
Lena Okajima (CEO, ALE Co., Ltd.)
Toshinori Kuwahara, Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Tohoku University
ALE will continue to work on this project to recreate man-made shooting stars using a satellite, along with Tohoku University. ALE aims to develop the limitless curiosity of humanity with science and space projects through technological achievements and to further enrich the lives of humans.
■Comment from Lena Okajima, CEO, ALE Co., Ltd.
I am honored to have been awarded such a prestigious prize.
I would like to thank Professor Kuwahara, the judges and everyone who has been involved with this project.
I am very proud that our technology behind realizing a man-made shooting star and our aim in combining climate change prediction refinement through the mesosphere and space entertainment, had been recognized as a step towards making Japan become a nation of science and technology creation.
We are going to continue to apply ourselves so we appreciate your continued support.
■Comment from Toshinori Kuwahara, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Tohoku University
I am very honored and grateful to have been awarded this prize.
We have been working on establishing generation technology for a man-made shooting star as one of the applications of micro satellite technology. I am extremely happy that the results of R&D for the ALE-1 and ALE-2 satellites has been evaluated in this way.
I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has extended their support for the execution of this project.
The realization of mesosphere observation and space entertainment using a man-made shooting star is an unprecedented endeavor and I am sure that it will have great influence on the future international space development.
I will continue to work on driving forward cutting-edge research and development. Thank you again for your continuous support.
* The Advanced Technology Award 2020 (Japanese)