WATCH: 3D printed drone sends first images back to earth from International Space Station

3D printed drone sends first images back to earth from International Space Station

The drone is on board the International Space Station (Stock image)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A drone at the International Space Station (ISS) has sent its first images back to earth.

The floating drone has been designed to monitor the work carried out by the crew at the station, according to RT.

This means astronauts don't need to worry about taking photos as they work and flight controllers on earth can see work from the same viewpoint as those in the space station. 

Int-Ball was created by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) using 3D printing and has been on board the ISS since June this year.

The drone can work autonomously but it can also be controlled by people back on earth.

Int-Ball is able to move using a fan which is inside the drone.

JAXA has now released a video showing researchers in Japan’s Kibo module on the ISS as well as a team of people tracking performance at the Tsukuba Space Center.

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