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Japan Will Launch Gunpla (Gundam Toys) Into Space for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

"G-SATELLITE" is part of the "One Team Project"
Image via: JAXA/One Team Project

Image via: JAXA/One Team Project

According to Anime News Network, Japan will launch Gunpla into space for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Gunpla is a model toy based off the extremely popular Gundam anime and manga.

Making the announcement yesterday was the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the project is backed by the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For this project, a "G-SATELLITE" measuring 10cm x 10cm x 30cm will have a Gundam mounted on the outside and Char's Zaku in the "cockpit." The extremely small satellite will be launched from the International Space Station's Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) between March and April 2020 and broadcast a message to Earth during the games.

This undertaking is part of a larger "One Team Project" which aims to promote creativity throughout the country. More information will be available in December when the press conference takes place.