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ALE 1

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2019-003G

Description

ALE 1 is the first of two satellites launching this year developed by Astro Live Experiences, a privately-funded Japanese venture that aims to create artificial “meteor showers” by releasing half-inch (1-centimeter) pellets to re-enter the atmosphere. By early 2020, the 150-pound (68-kilogram) ALE 1 satellite will use a drag-inducing mechanism to maneuver to an orbit low enough to ensure the particles safely re-enter the atmosphere, and don’t become space junk. The company plans to create the artificial multi-color meteor shower over parts of Japan next year.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2019-01-18
    Launch Vehicle: Epsilon
    Launch Site: Uchinoura Space Center, Japan

    Funding Agency

    • Unknown (Japan)

    Discipline

    • Technology Applications

    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

     
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