Painting the sky with
the science of shooting stars.
By transforming the night sky into a showcase for man-made shooting stars,
Sky Canvas offers entertainment on an unprecedented scale.
Using a proprietary technology that enables satellites to create shooting stars,
people over a wide area can marvel at a stunning sight at the same time.
But Sky Canvas is more than just entertainment.
A starry sky inspires wonder, which sparks scientific curiosity,
the driving force behind humanityʼs progress.
The data obtained from studying the path and light emission of shooting stars
also helps shed light on the mechanisms of climate change.
Born of a meteor shower, this initiative not only helps advance
scientific knowledge but also makes space closer for all of humankind.
A whole new level of large-scale spectacle for live entertainment
Using the power of the shooting star, a border-less content that can deliver dreams, hopes and aspiration, it can bring people together from different generations, gender and nationalities.
We offer you an extraordinary astronomical experience that everyone can share anywhere in the world.
Man-made Shooting Star
Natural shooting stars (meteors) emit light due to the aerodynamic heating* of small dust particles when they travel through Earth's atmosphere at very high speed. At ALE, we recreate this phenomenon by accurately releasing particles that become shooting stars from our satellites when they enter Earth's atmosphere.
The shooting star particles (meteor particles) are installed in the satellite and are released after it is confirmed that there are no spacecrafts on the designated path. By controlling the position, direction and speed of the meteor particles, the man-made shooting stars are able to emit light in the sky of any designated location anywhere in the world **. This is also how our man-made shooting stars can enter Earth's atmosphere at slower speed, compared to natural meteors, enabling our shooting stars to emit light longer.
In addition, illuminating the middle atmosphere using our original plasma technologies (eg.man-made shooting stars) will enable us to collect new data (wind speed, atmospheric composition, etc.). The analysis of these data we gain helps us characterize the mechanisms behind climate change.
Click here for more details on our Atmospheric data.
*Aerodynamic heating: This is the process of converting kinetic energy into heat. The phenomenon only occurs when an object travels through the atmosphere at high speed.
Anywhere in the world**
about 200km range*** per shooting star particle
Safety standards approved by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Various permits acquired from necessary agencies and countries in appointed
<Space environment friendly>
The man-made shooting star
particles are 1cm spheres and their non-toxic materials are inspired from the same materials that fall on Earth from space every day. Since they are made from harmless substances that have been confirmed to have no impact on the environment both on the ground and in space, there is no burden on the environment. When entering Earth's atmosphere, from an altitude of about 80km our satellites and man-made shooting stars will completely decelerate and disappear due to air resistance and aerodynamic heating. Thus, they do not become space debris and there are no danger of them falling to the ground.
ALE, together with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) has developed a space debris prevention component utilizing EDT(ElectroDynamic Tether), enabling prompt deorbit of satellites after the completion of their mission (Application ofpost-mission disposal, PMD.).
**Permits and approval will be needed from designated local authorities and necessary government and non-governmental entities. It may not be available in certain areas, due to satellite orbit.
***Visibility will vary depending on weather and other conditions of the venue. For recommend visibility range for your area, please contact us for more details.
Sumitomo Fudosan Shibadaimon-Nichome Bldg. 2F
2-11-8 Shibadaimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0012, Japan
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About ATMOSPHERIC DATA
By using its original man-made shooting stars, small satellites and plasma technologies, ALE is developing new ways to observe Earth. By studying the path and light emission of man-made shooting stars, ALE aims to increase the pace of obtaining data from the middle atmosphere that has been challenging in the past.
This will enable ALE to contribute in the improvement of weather forecast accuracy and help characterize the mechanisms behind climate change. Subsequently, these data and analysis can help in areas such as disasters countermeasures, energy and agriculture production and logistics.