Japan’s space agency has released the first images taken by a drone it operates on the International Space Station. The so-called Internal Ball Camera drone was sent to take pictures and video of the work of the astronauts. The drone can float in a zero-gravity environment and is operated from earth.
Dubbed a little ball of cuteness floating about in space it has been offering a window into life on the ISS. Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency said the drone was delivered to the ISS in early June.
Only now have the first images and videos that it captured been released. According to the space agency, it can move “Anywhere at any time via autonomous flight and record images from any angle”.
The images can be sent in real time back to earth and will allow “Flight controllers and researchers on the ground to check the crew’s work from the same viewpoint as the crew”.