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Man-made Shooting Stars for 2020 Japan Olympics!

If they can pull this off, it will be the greatest show ever attempted. The seem to be silent about the possibility that the manmade meteorites may come in different colors, leading to the sky being lit up in a Kaleidoscope.

If I can figure it out – I’m going to Tokyo for this.

2020 Tokyo Olympics May Open With Huge Meteor Shower Launched By Satellites

Japan will attempt to go down in Olympic history by kicking off the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with a man-made meteor shower, Quartz reported.

 The Japanese research company ALE plans to use satellites to deploy up to 500,000 manufactured shooting stars into orbit during the Olympic opening ceremony. The project is known as Sky Canvas.

The imitation meteors, which ALE refers to as “source particles” or “the ingredients of a shooting star,” will be discharged by satellites and orbit a third of the length around the Earth before entering the atmosphere. Here, they will burn up in a process known as “plasma emission,” according to the startup’s site.

The secret formula for Sky Canvas’ pellets was researched and developed at Japan’s Nihon University which has also experimented with different colors, according to TechTimes. ALE has also considered using the particles to display images or words in the sky.

The synthetic shooting stars will not come cheap. TechTimes reported that each pellet comes at a price tag of around 1 million yen or $8,100. The high cost of the materials hasn’t deterred ALE, which hopes to launch its first test satellite at the end of 2017, according to Qaurtz.

Cost is not the only potential obstacle. Earth’s crowded atmosphere means collisions between Sky Canvas and other orbiting structures could occur. However, ALE has insisted Sky Canvas is safe.

The project claims to utilize a database from the Joint Space Operations Center, or JSpOC, which tracks satellites and space debris. ALE claimed it has used this data to develop “software that calculates the probability of our particles colliding with other objects.”

Sky Canvas can be aborted up to 100 minutes prior to launch if weather or concern over collisions pose a safety threat, according to ALE. As for the satellites, they are projected to eventually enter the atmosphere and burn up, much like the faux meteors, over a period of 25 years.

The high cost and design considerations required to bring Sky Canvas to Japan seem to be worth it for thestartup. The unprecedented display would be visible over a 62-mile radius and be seen by an estimated 30 million people in the Tokyo area.

Ultimately, Sky Canvas would secure Japan’s place in Olympic history.

 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Nawwwwww!

 

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After Takeover of Internet, Cats Take Over Subway Station

There is a rapidly rising groundswell both in the US and Europe against increasingly intrusive and ubiquitous advertising on every inch of out Internet and real world. On the Internet, rejection of intrusive ads, and popups has resulted in rapidly increasing numbers of people installing Ad Blocker type software to cut down the noise level. Ads, simply have become too intrusive, are consuming megabits you pay for, and are causing content to load slowly.

Seems the folks in London, who have an extensive Subway and Trains System have decided to make a point and protest!

New campaign looks to replace London subway ads with cat photos

A group in London has a new humorous solution to mitigating consumer-focused advertisements in a “Tube” or subway station in London. The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service organization is launching a new crowd sourcing campaign that seeks to replace every single ad in an undisclosed London Tube station with pictures of cats.

The new campaign is hosted by Kickstarter and looks to raise $33,000 in order to buy out every ad slot in an unspecified London Tube station.

According to the organization’s online fundraising page, the main reason behind the unordinary proposition is because “it would look amazing” and is a way to mitigate consumer-focused ads that are commonly displayed on rail commuter systems.

“It’s exhausting being asked to buy stuff all the time,” the description says.

According to the organization, if a stuffiest amount of money is raised to purchase all advertising slots, the organization will be allowed to transition an entire station “into a roaring festival of cats,” the description adds.

Laugh if you will – however the online fundraiser has generated more than $6,500 in donations from more than 220 supporters. The pledge drive ends May 21.

The organization hosting the campaign is composed of a group of “friends and cat lovers from London,” the fundraising page says.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2016 in American Greed

 

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Sky High Meter Maid

Satellites to issue speeding tickets from space

UK drivers had better stay under that speed limit, because the traffic authorities are watching… from outer space. According to The Telegraph, an American company called PIPS Technology has developed a system that uses two cameras on the ground and one mounted on a satellite in orbit to catch speeders.

The system – called “SpeedSpike” – figures your average speed between two points, captures an image of your license plate and reports you if you’re going faster than the law allows. Oh, and if you’re hoping Great Britain’s notoriously gray weather will save you, you’re out of luck; the system works even when it’s cloudy or dark.

SpeedSpike will be tested in two places: the London borough of Southwark, and along the A374 between Torpoint and Anthony in Cornwall. If the trial is successful, the tech may be used to enforce speed limits near schools, to reduce the need for speed bumps, and for “main road enforcement for traffic reduction.”

Damn – There goes the neighborhood!

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Nawwwwww!

 

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