Supporting Tokyo 2020, Developed by Fukui Companies
On March 7th, the 2020 Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced that the “G-SATELLITE” mini-satellite has been completed; the project was in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and University of Tokyo, to launch miniature models from the anime series “Mobile Suit GUNDAM” into space.
The G-SATELLITE was developed in collaboration between Fukui Prefecture, companies within Fukui Prefecture, and the University of Tokyo. SEIREN (Fukui City), Sabae Seiki (Echizen Town), and Harue Denshi (Sakai City) handled the planning and manufacturing.
From Cape Canaveral, Florida, the satellite was loaded onto a cargo spacecraft and launched towards the International Space Station (ISS) in the evening of March 6th. It will arrive on March 9th, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time.
The satellite, with the models and electric bulletin board, will be ejected from the ISS during the last part of April; the bulletin board will then display messages of support for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photos taken by the organising committee will be posted on social media.
Astronaut Norishige Kanai commented, “I’m looking forward to the taste the glory of victory (of the satellite launch) along with everyone who has been providing support.”