ISS: CUTE JAPANESE DRONE SENDS BACK PHOTOS FROM SPACE
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The Int-Ball is controlled remotely from the Tsukuba JAXA Space Center in Tsukuba, a city in the northern region of Kanto, Japan.
Take photos and videos of the life of the three astronauts on board; The film is then checked in real time by the crew in Japan before being sent to the crew.
The video captured by Int-Ball, which has Japanese subtitles, installs the zoom buzz and Kibo’s inner workings to the International Space Station.
The hum is intended to reduce the time spent by the ISS crew and the conditions of photographing on board the space station; This currently accounts for 10 percent of their working time, according to JAXA.
The Int-Ball unmanned aircraft uses existing technology; Its exterior and interior structures were made by 3D printing. The Japanese space agency says that one of its goals is “to acquire the ability to move anywhere at any time through autonomous flight images and record from any angle.”
They are hoping that this will enhance cooperation between astronauts in ISS and researchers in the field and increase the efficiency of experiments on board.
ISS astronauts with drones
The hum is shown by ISSS with US astronauts Jack Fischer (C) and Peggy Whitson (L).
JAXA / NASA
The first component of the ISS was launched in 1998 and is now the largest spacecraft in low earth orbit, where human space exploration took place. The station measures 357 feet from tip to tip – about the size of a football pitch – and is larger than a six-room house, according to NASA.
The station is a joint venture between the space agency of the United States, Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe. There are three astronauts currently aboard the ISS: two Americans, Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson and the Russian commander Fyodor Yurchikhin.
On April 24, Whitson became the American astronaut with the longest accumulated time remaining in space; She is expected to return on September 2, during which she spent 635 days in orbit around Earth, 101 days more than the previous record.