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JAXA’s International Ball has everything astronauts need on a Space Drone

Can you imagine having a little buddy around at work? The kind of buddy that doesn’t speak, write, or throw ideas in the room, but however, assists you to communicate with your team members on work progress. A buddy that can send a message to the other department in the other part of the universe in real time? Imagine having the privilege to work with something so revolutionary. Isn’t that nice?

JEM Internal Ball or “Int-Ball” is exactly this type of buddy. The device is a zero gravity camera drone released by Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (or JAXA) just recently. Its main task is to serve as the communication channel between astronauts in space and the scientists on earth. It weighs 1 kilogram and is 6 inches in width, making it a perfect tool that can float seamlessly in space, along with everyone.

While astronauts take a time to photograph their discoveries in space, this adorable Japanese drone will take over this process. It can even take pictures and videos of astronauts at work, for efficiency purposes. JAXA plans to improve the internal ball’s drive to see what else it can be of use to, especially in their forthcoming missions. Being one of the leaders in technology around the world, this is another milestone record for Japan.

The Int-Ball, according to Wgno, has a 3-axis control unit and several internal recognized points, including 12 propeller fans that allow it to go anywhere at any time. The propellers allow for an autonomous flight and the monitoring system can record its objects at any angle.

Pictures taken by this smart equipment as part of the device’s trial period were released in July 2017 showing the International Space Station (ISS).In this fast paced world where we are living in, creative innovations currently have the spotlight and play a crucial role in the success of future inventions and technologies.

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Peter Mukaka