In today s I can t believe they ve been funded news, a startup called Star-ALE wants to create a man-made meteor shower over the city of Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics opening ceremonies.
But unlike fireworks, this pyrotechnics show will be visible from an area over 120 miles across Japan.
The reason Star-ALE calls its Sky Canvas light show a man-made meteor shower is because the pyrotechnics will actually rain down from space.
Starting next year, the company will launch a series of microsatellites carrying 500 to 1,000 specially-developed pellets that ignite and intensely glow as they re-enter the earth s atmosphere.
To make sure the idea actually works, in a lab here on earth the pellets were placed in a vacuum chamber and blasted with supersonic hot gases, simulating the friction they d experience as they re-entered our planet s atmosphere.
If the Tokyo 2020 Olympics weren t over-budget already, this would surely not help their bottom line.