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"Running Out of Fingers"

Mission at-a-glance:

  • Customers: ALE
  • Launch Vehicle: Rocket Lab Electron
  • Launch Location: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
  • Orbit: 400 x 400 km circular orbit
  • Total spacecraft: 1

This mission launched Tokyo-based ALE’s Sky Canvas, the world’s first artificial shooting star project, which deployed to a 400km circular Sun Synchronous orbit, which is beneath the International Space Station. The company’s satellite created artificial shooting stars by safely releasing particles, precisely controlling the reentry location, date, and time of the man-made shooting stars. When the particles re-entered the earth’s atmosphere, they fully burned up, creating the appearance of shooting stars on the ground. 

Like the previous missions, Spaceflight managed the launch capacity procurement, integration, and mission management services for the rideshare spacecraft.

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