The University of Tokyo, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and three companies in Fukui prefecture including toy makers from Tokyo, teamed-up to build a miniature satellite named the G-Satellite. The G-Satellite will be placed into orbit during the entire Tokyo 2020 Olympics. But the coolest part is that it will carry two very important passengers–Mobile Suit Gundam’s RX-78-2 Gundam and MS-06S Char’s Zaku II!
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Committee released the following animated video about the project:
The G-Satellite will first head to the International Space Station in March 2020, and then be released into its own orbit in April 2020.
The Mobile Suit will be placed in a cubicle with small cameras, which will record and transmit their images back to Earth. There will also be electric bulletin board which will display messages about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in English, French, and Japanese.
And don’t worry about the RX-78-2 Gundam and MS-06S Char’s Zaku II hurtling through space, since they have been made specifically to travel in the harsh environment of space. But that’s not all. The eyes of both Gundam will glow in each of the colors of the five Olympic rings and three Agitos colors during the Paralympic Games, and their heads will move. I expect nothing less from Japan, Land of Mecha.
If the RX-78-2 Gundam looks familiar, then you might have visited Odaiba when there was a large full-scaled model of this Gundam on display.
However, the RX-78-2 is no longer living in Odaiba, as it was replaced by the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam.
For a full history of the Gundam in Odaiba, checkout our previous post: History Of The Gundam Statue In Odaiba!
Don’t forget, once the Tokyo 2020 Olympics begin, keep your eyes to the stars. You might just see some Gundam soaring through space.