Japan launches Epsilon-4 rocket with 7 satellites

Christopher Davidson
January 20, 2019

The satellite is a test case for a "shooting stars on demand" service, the report said.

A Japanese firm is preparing to launch a satellite to carry out tests which will pave the way for the creation of artificial Meteor Shower shooting stars.

The Epsilon is a solid fuel rocket equipped with artificial intelligence technology that cuts labor and launch costs, and which can be controlled from the ground by just two personal computers, according to the Japan Times.

Today, a Tokyo-based company named ALE will send a spacecraft in orbit with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA)'s Epsilon Rocket #4. "I was too moved for words", Lena Okajima, president of the company behind the artificial meteor showers, told the Jiji Press agency.

This is not the only satellite that was carried by the rocket.

With demand growing globally for small satellites, JAXA hopes to attract orders with its Epsilon rockets that are specially created to carry such satellites at a lower cost.

In the interior of the satellites are 400 small balls - they are about an inch tall.

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By early afternoon, JAXA confirmed all seven satellites had successfully been launched into orbit. "I feel like now the hard work is ahead".

The satellites have been developed by private sector companies and universities.

The satellites are programmed to ejects the balls at the right location.

Each star is expected to shine for several seconds before being completely burned up - well before they fall low enough to pose any danger to anything on Earth.

Called the Sky Canvas Project, the showers should be visible to millions of people across an area extending for 125 miles.

The price for an artificial meteor shower was not announced.

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