Space Station gets new floating robo-camera ball

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has unveiled the first images captured by its spherical camera drone on the International Space Station.

‘Int-Ball’ arrived at the ISS on June 4, and can be controlled from the ground to gather photos and videos of its surroundings in the space environment.

The camera can also navigate autonomously, and scientists are aiming to improve its capabilities so it can move and record ‘anywhere at any time’ without human intervention.

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has unveiled the first images captured by its spherical camera drone on the International Space Station. ‘Int-Ball’ (pictured) arrived at the ISS on June 4

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has unveiled the first images captured by its spherical camera drone on the International Space Station. ‘Int-Ball’ (pictured) arrived at the ISS on June 4

JAXA'S INT-BALL 

Int-Ball arrived to the Japanese Experiment Module ‘Kibo’ on the ISS on June 4.

The camera ball uses 3D printed internal and external components, and uses drone technology such as Miniaturized Attitude Control Sensors and Actuators in an ‘All-in-one Module.’

While it can be controlled from a ground station, it can also move autonomously.

The space agency hopes it will one day operate entirely on its own, to free up astronauts’ time.

The new footage from Int-Ball shows a first-hand view inside the ISS, offering a look at the extensive equipment lining the station walls, and the astronauts as they carry out different tasks.

It was delivered to the Japanese Experiment Module ‘Kibo’ early last month, where it is now going through its initial verification.

According to JAXA, scientists on the ground at the Tsukuba Space Center can control its activities and view the images and footage in real time.

This can then be relayed to the onboard crew.

The camera ball uses 3D printed

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