New Delhi: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has for the first time disclosed images and movies taken by the JEM Internal Ball Camera, known as Int-Ball, at the International Space Station (ISS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) said.
A report in JAXA website says that Int -Ball is the first camera drone, delivered to Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo" on the ISS by the US Dragon spacecraft launched on 4 June 2017 that can record video while moving in space.
The Int-Ball is remotely controlled from the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center in Tsukuba, a city in Japan’s northern Kantō region. It takes pictures and videos of the three on-board astronauts and the footage is then checked in real-time by the team in Japan before being sent through to the crew, said a report in The Newsweek. A video captured by Int-Ball, which is subtitled in Japanese, revealed the setup of the drone and the inner workings of the Kibo module on board the ISS, added the report.
The camera adopts existing drone technology and its exterior and inner structures were all manufactured by 3D-printing. The objective of Int-Ball, is to enable the flight controllers and researchers on the ground to check the crew’s work from the same viewpoint as the crew, added the JAXA website.