Lena Okajima

Lena Okajima (岡島 礼奈, Okajima Lena) is the founder and chief executive officer of ALE Co., Ltd.

Lena Okajima
Born (1979-02-19) February 19, 1979 (age 43)
Tottori Prefecture,
EducationUniversity of Tokyo, Ph.D. in Science
OccupationFounder and CEO of ALE Co,. Ltd


Lena founded the Japanese space entertainment company, ALE Co.,Ltd in 2011. Prior to ALE, she worked in bond investment and private equity at Goldman Sachs Japan. [1]

She is also an entrepreneur who founded two companies, an online gaming company and a business consulting company, in the past. She received her Ph.D. in Science from the University of Tokyo in 2008.

ALE Co.,Ltd.Edit

ALE stands for Astro Live Experiences.

  • 2001: Lena came up with an idea to create artificial shooting star while watching the Leonid meteor shower during her time as an undergraduate student at the University of Tokyo
  • 2009: Started working on the artificial shooting star project
  • 2011: Lena founded ALE Co., Ltd.
  • 2015: Started full-scale commercialization of artificial shooting star technology
  • 2019: Launch of first satellite ALE-1 on 18 January 2019 by an Epsilon rocket and launch of second satellite ALE-2 on 6 December 2019 by an Electron rocket.
  • 2023: Premiering in Hiroshima[citation needed]

In 2020 it was published that the first artificial meteor shower would be delayed from 2020 to 2023 (to be conducted by the next satellite ALE-3) due to the malfunction of ALE-2 satellite; apparently also ALE-1 had malfunctioned[original research?] (due to not being able to produce an artificial meteor shower).[2][3]


  1. ^ Marc Prosser. "Meet The Japanese Entrepreneur-Scientist Planning to Bombard Earth With Artificial Meteors" (May 22, 2016). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Japanese satellite filled with 'shooting star' pellets won't spawn artificial meteor shower after all". Space.com. 15 May 2020.
  3. ^ "人工衛星2号機の動作不良に伴う、人工流れ星の実現延期(2020年→2023年初期)のお知らせ" [The achievement of an artificial meteor shower has been postponed (2020 → early 2023) due to the malfunction of Satellite No. 2]. Astro Live Experiences (in Japanese). 20 April 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.

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