G-Satellite is ready to accompany us during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

2020 is around the corner and so are the Tokyo Olympics and the G-Satellite has just been completed! But what are we talking about?


For the first time in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic that a satellite will be orbiting the earth to celebrate the Games.
The miniature “G-SATELLITE Go to Space” satellite has finally been completed and it will be deployed into space in a special way! “Mobile Suite GUNDAM and Char’s ZAKU – two of Japan’s most popular animated characters – will accompany the G-Satellite in its journey to space before the Olympics.
This is the first initiative in history and it’s part of the Tokyo 2020 One Team Project. This project was launched in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and three companies in Fukui prefecture including toymakers from Tokyo.
The G-SATELLITE will fly into International Space Station (ISS) in March. After that, it will be released into its own earth orbit in April 2020.
The design of the satellite is based on the 3-kg “CubeSat” satellite known as TRICOM-1R, will be transported to the International Space Station by rocket and launched from there. Measuring just 10cm x 10cm x 30cm, the G-SATELLITE will orbit the earth for the duration of the Olympic Games, broadcasting images of the planet, displaying messages on its electric bulletin board and filming the animated figures.

GUNDAM and ZAKU into space with G-Satellite

In a cubicle inside the G-SATELLITE there are GUNDAM and ZAKU together with a number of small cameras installed which will record and transmit their images. There will also be an electric bulletin board which will be deployed once the satellite is in orbit.
This bulletin board will display messages about the Tokyo 2020 Games in English, French and Japanese.


The miniature GUNDAM and ZAKU figures have been produced to fit the tiny satellite. Special materials and paints have been used to manufacture the animated characters. Also, the figures undertook various tests such as vibration and impact assessments to ensure they can withstand the harsh environment of space. But this is not the end of the surprises! In fact, the eyes of the GUNDAM and ZAKU will glow on a white background in each of the colours of the five Olympic rings during the Olympic Games and three Agitos colours during the Paralympic Games and their heads will move.
Shinichi Nakasuka, professor at Intelligent Space Systems Laboratory, University of Tokyo, commented, “When I heard about this project, I wondered whether they would really go through with it. We’ve put satellites into orbit before, but then I thought we might be able to do something in space to help cheer on the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I’m feeling a bit of pressure as the creator of the satellite for this project, but I will turn that pressure into enjoyment and do my best.”


Tokyo 2020 Sports Director Koji Murofushi added, “The Olympics and Paralympics are a festival that will bring athletes from all over the world to Tokyo and to Japan to compete with one another. With the addition of space as a new dimension for Tokyo 2020, I hope that the Games will become an even bigger event. I am really looking forward to GUNDAM and ZAKU cheering on the athletes and the Tokyo 2020 Games from space.”

source: tokyo2020.org
photo credits: tokyo2020.org