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JEM Int-Ball the drone that floats in the Space Station


Jem Int-Ball the first spherical drone-camera capable of recording video while moving in space, controlled from Earth

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) disclosed for the first time the images and videos taken from the JEM ball camera (JEM Internal Ball Camera) called Int-Ball, which is the first spherical drone-camera capable of recording video while moving in Space controlled at distance from Earth.

Int-Ball was delivered to Japanese "Kibo" experimental module on the International Space Station from the US Dragon spacecraft, launched June 4, 2017, which is currently in initial testing and the first official images are from July 14th.

Int-Ball features

The camera can move independently in space and record static and moving images under remote control from Earth by the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center. Images and videos recorded while moving through the microgravity of the space station can be controlled in real time by the researchers and sent as feedback to the crew on board.


There sphere, printed in 3D, measures only 6 centimeters in diameter, has two β€œeyes” that surround his camera so that the astronauts can know exactly what he is recording. powered by 12 fans which allow you to navigate through the station using special pink references mounted on the walls and doors as reference points.

Int-Ball Objectives

Through the drone you aim at acquiring the possibility of moving at any time in any place by means of autonomous flight and recording images from any angle.

Furthermore, the crew wants to achieve a time of "zero" photography, which currently represents about 10% of the staff's working hours.

But not everything, another goal is to allow air traffic controllers and researchers to monitor the crew's work from the same point of view as the crew. The effective work of cooperation between space and soil will contribute to maximizing the results of use experiments.

By striving to further improve Int-Ball performance, improving its functions and promoting the automation and autonomy of extra and intra-vehicle experiments, we will try to acquire a robotics technology available for future exploration missions.

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