‘2020 Olympics:’ Startup Man-made ‘Meteor Shower’ To Replace Fireworks At The Olympics [PREVIEW]By Darren Domirez, UniversityHerald Reporter
The setting advance setting of the pyrotechnics will not be on the ground because Star-ALE is bringing it through space. Although the "Tokyo Olympics" will be held more than four years from now, this startup company will begin launching its string of microsatellites infused with a special kind of pyrotechnics next year.
These microsatellites will carry about 500 up to 1,000 pieces of advanced pellets each called "source particles." When these pellets eventually re-enter Earth's atmosphere during the "Olympics 2020," they will ignite and glow energetically to produce that man-made meteor shower upshot, Star-ALE cited.
These special particles will spread about one-thirds of the way throughout the Earth and re-enter the atmosphere. From then, it will initiate plasma emission and turn into a shooting star, wrote Star-ALE. At the proximate altitude of 35 up to 50 miles, these igniting pellets will cover the skies with a magnificent space exhibition. This man-made meteor shower will amuse approximately 30 million spectators, who can watch it unfold before their naked eyes unlike a meager pyrotechnics display.
The company said Sky Canvas can create not only one shooting star, but a "real meteor shower."
Each man-made "shooting star" price ranges about $8,100 or a million in Japanese Yen not including the microsatellites' operating costs for launch and development. The secret formula of the special pellets was tried at the Nihon University. The results proved that the pellets' burning brightness can rise above Tokyo's light pollution through tests led by Aerospace Engineering Associate Professor Shinsuke Abe.
However, the problem could be is cloudy night sky. But the space display can be called off at least 100 minutes prior to the launch, Star-ALE said.