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Artificial meteor garden streaking over Hiroshima soon

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Tokyo start-up is in the final stages of developing two micro-satellites that will release tiny balls that glow brightly as they enter the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower

REAL METEOR GARDEN. File photo shows the milky way and meteors of the April Lyrids annual meteor shower are seen in the night sky over Burg auf Fehmarn on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, northern Germany, on April 20, 2018. Photo by  Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/AFP   Shooting stars on demand: Japan start-up plans 2020 meteor shower Japan | science | astronomy | entertainment | offbeat associated with x Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Thursday 7/19/2018 - 16:50 UTC+8 | 480 words  A Japanese start-up developing "shooting stars on demand" says it will be ready to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower in a spectacular show over Hiroshima in early 2020.  ALE, based in Tokyo, is in the final stages of developing two micro-satellites that will release tiny balls that glow brightly as they enter the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower.  The first satellite will hitch a ride into space on a rocket being launched by Japan's space agency by March 2019.  The second will be launched in mid-2019 on a private-sector rocket.  "We are targeting the whole world, as our stockpile of shooting stars will be in space and can be delivered across the world," ALE chief executive Lena Okajima told reporters on Wednesday.  Each satellite will be able to carry 400 tiny balls whose chemical formula is a closely-guarded secret.  Ejected from the satellite, the balls will glow as they plunge through the atmosphere.  The 400 balls will be enough for 20-30 events, according to the company, and the satellites will be able to stay in space for around two years.  The company is also exploring the possibility of using satellites already in space that are no longer operational to create "giant" shooting stars, officials said.  "We are planning to push a used satellite into the atmosphere on a targeted orbit to create a giant artificial shooting star," ALE chief engineer Ko Kamachi, adding that the idea was still in the basic research phase.  ALE's two satellites will start orbiting the Earth by February 2020, preparing for the world's first delivery of artificial shooting stars in spring 2020, over the western Japan city of Hiroshima.  The satellites can be used separately or in tandem, and will be programmed to eject the balls at the right location, speed and direction to put on a show for viewers on the ground.  Tinkering with the ingredients in the balls should mean that it is possible to change the colours they glow, offering the possibility of a multi-coloured flotilla of shooting stars.  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.  They would glow brightly enough to be seen even over the light-polluted metropolis of Tokyo.  If all goes well, and the skies are clear, the 2020 event could be visible to millions of people, ALE said.  Okajima said the company chose Hiroshima for its first display because of its good weather, landscape and cultural assets.  ALE is working in collaboration with scientists and engineers at Japanese universities as well as local government officials and corporate sponsors.  It has not disclosed the price for an artificial meteor but it may not come so cheap, with the company spending about $20 million for the development, production, launch and operation of the two satellites.  mis/sah/jta  © Agence France-Presse

Senate approves bill granting gov't support for 'innovative' startups

May 17, 2018 - 11:32 AM

If Senate Bill 1532 is passed into law, startups would enjoy research grants, exemption from fees and charges, and free use of government equipment and facilities, among other incentives

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Roads of tech hub Bangalore among India's deadliest

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:50 PM

After 500 people have died so far this year navigating its pockmarked streets, tech hub Bangalore, is now the fourth-deadliest city in India for motorists

DEADLY ROADS. This photograph taken on November 1, 2017 shows auto-rickshaws negotiating their way along a bumpy, unasphalted stretch of road in Bangalore. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

How to make a social enterprise idea stand out

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Entrepreneurs and innovators share tips and insights to millennials on how to effectively implement their inventions

The Spark Project to offer new crowdfunding methods in March 2017

Feb 25, 2017 - 4:38 PM

Starting March the Spark Project is set to offer donations based and investment type crowdfunding methods

CROWDFUNDING. The Spark Project Team, headed by CEO and Founder Patch Dulay (leftmost), is ready for its ‘best year yet’, 2017. Photo by Angela Casco/ Rappler

This Cebuano start-up founder learned design working in a net cafe

Oct 06, 2016 - 5:58 PM

From sleeping in the streets the designer worked his way to crafting an app that allows users to earn rewards from selfies

Here’s how 10 of Indonesia’s richest families invest in tech startups

Nov 29, 2015 - 9:02 PM

The transition has already begun Indonesia’s big families recognise they must be a part of the tech boom or face certain redundancy in 10 years of time

BELANJA LEWAT INTERNET. Seorang pembelanja online menggunakan tabletnya untuk berbelanja melalui internet. Foto oleh Matt Inman/AFP

Because entrepreneurs need access to capital

Nov 12, 2015 - 9:00 AM

We can hope that more Filipino entrepreneurs will get the financing they need to grow successful businesses generate more jobs and spread wealth and opportunities throughout the Philippines

Asia E-Commerce Expo 2015

Nov 05, 2015 - 8:20 AM

The expo for entrepreneurs and start ups will take place on November 25 2015

5 alasan kenapa startup kamu perlu mempunyai blog

Aug 18, 2015 - 2:55 PM

Startup ternyata berhasil menarik minat ratusan hingga ribuan pengguna baru melalui blog mereka

Seorang pembelanja online menggunakan iPad-nya untuk berbelanja. Foto oleh Matt Inman/AFP

Founder stories Asmaraku: 'Saya adalah wanita workaholic, tapi…'

Jul 27, 2015 - 4:10 PM

Inilah perjalanan Grace Natalia menaklukkan berbagai tantangan termasuk dari lingkungan terdekat untuk mewujudkan impiannya sejak belia

Foto oleh: Tech in Asia

#ProjectInspire calls on social innovators empowering women

Apr 11, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Pitch your social enterprise model in a 5 minute video to empower Filipinas and win 25 000 to fund your start up

Feeling at home at work: A SPACE Manila

Feb 12, 2015 - 4:55 PM

It’s not just about co working but also creating an innovation community

Duracinth wins EFI's Fueling the Dream

Jan 15, 2015 - 12:10 AM

College groups from around the metro competed in Esquire Financing Inc s first business model competition Fueling the Dream

[Executive Edge] Quotes on business failure that will inspire you

Nov 23, 2014 - 8:10 PM

Here are quotes that tell us that even business failures are worth celebrating

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Nov 10, 2014 - 12:23 PM

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Call for entries: IdeaSpace 2014

Dec 20, 2013 - 4:27 PM

Submission of entries is until January 15 2014 midnight

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Oct 13, 2013 - 9:30 PM

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[Executive Edge] Revolutionizing the BPO Industry

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Crowdfunding brings venture capitalism to the masses

Jun 27, 2012 - 1:33 PM

Crowdfunding sites have raised nearly US 1 5 B for over a million different campaigns around the world

Mobile Internet to shine despite dim Facebook IPO

May 31, 2012 - 11:34 AM

High profile entrepreneurs and investors attending a prestigious conference say Internet start ups will shine adding Facebook will work well over time