Release on updated images of Kibo’s internal drone “Int-Ball” (Int-Ball Letter Vol. 3)
August 10, 2017
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has disclosed “Int-Ball Letter” Vol. 3 in which the latest video of the Kibo’s internal drone on the International Space Station is presented.
Approximately 15 cm in diameter and with 12 small fans in its body, Int-Ball moves by releasing the air through the fans under commands of the ground. The featuring “Miniaturized Attitude Control Sensors and Actuators in an All-in-one Module,” developed by the Research and Development Directorate of JAXA, not only controls the body direction by rotating its wheel, but also controls its location and direction by operating its fans, which enables Int-Ball to fly to locations as commanded.
This time, we will introduce how Int-Ball flies inside “Kibo”.
- See here for the Int-Ball Letter Vol. 1:
Started working in space!
- See here for the Int-Ball Letter Vol. 2:
- See here for further information on Int-Ball and the first disclosures of images:
First disclosure of images taken by the Kibo’s internal drone “Int-Ball”
- See here for further information on the Miniaturized Attitude Control Sensors and Actuators in an All-in-one Module installed in the Int-Ball:
JAXA Research and Development Directorate