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G-Satellite 1, 2

G-Satellite [The Yomiuri Shinbun]

G-Satellite (Gundam Satellite) is a 3U Cubesat designed by One Team, supported by the Olympic and Paralympic organization comittee and JAXA to promote the 202 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 Fukui Prefecture.

The satellite carries two resin miniture 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 displays 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 towards the ISS to be deployed from there. It 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.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Entertainment, promotion
Operator: One Team
Contractors: One Team, Nakasuka Funase Laboratory, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, and three companies in Fukui Prefecture
Equipment: Small camera, figurine display
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit: 413 km 419 km, 51.64
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
G-Satellite 1998-067RK 07.03.2020 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-20, Bartolomeo, Lynk 04, Quetzal 1
G-Satellite 2 (BD-28) 1998-067SP 03.06.2021 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-22, iROSA 2B, iROSA 4B, SOAR, RamSat, MIR-Sat 1

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