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Tokyo Olympics: Satellite Orbiting Earth to Celebrate the Games

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For the first time in Olympic and Paralympic history a satellite will be orbiting the earth to celebrate the Games. G-Satellite (Gundam Satellite) is a 3U Cubesat designed by One Team, supported by the Olympic and Paralympic organisation comittee and JAXA to promote the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. G-Satellite was developed through joint work between Nakasuka Funase Laboratory, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, and three companies in the Fukui Prefecture. The satellite carries two resin miniature figurines of robots from the popular “Mobile Suite Gundam” anime series. The figurines, made from heat and UV resistant resin, will be folded out from the satellite’s interior to the outside. The figurine’s pedestal contains a display, which will show supporting messages. A deployable camera will take photos of the figurines and the display, which will be transmitted to earth. The satellite was launched in March 2020 and was deployed on 28 April 2020 from the ISS. A second satellite, presumed to be identical, has been launched in June 2021 towards the ISS, where it was deployed on 22 June 2021. You can read more information about this exciting project here.


Chloe McClellan
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Chloe McClellan is an experienced communicator and social media specialist.