A Japanese start-up is developing the technology to create man-made falling stars on-demand. “Imagine a future where you can use our meteors for international fireworks displays, a proposal for marriage or a special memorial,” said the start-up’s research director.







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Falling stars are regarded as one of the most romantic phenomena in the world. Meteor showers attract many people for an unforgettable night outdoors but a Japanese start-up plans to turn this natural phenomenon into man-made on-demand technology.

“Imagine a future where you can use our meteors for international fireworks displays, a proposal for marriage or a special memorial,” said Shinsuke Abe, the research director of ALE, the Japanese start-up. According to Abe, the showcase of this technology could be part of the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The start-up is planning to send its first satellite into space in 2018.  “We want people to look up, not down at the ground,” said Abe. “People in Japan are so busy every day and they need more culture and science in their lives to bring them closer to nature and to relax.”