JEM Internal Ball Camera (JEM Internal Ball Camera) - 10.04.18

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The JEM Internal Ball Camera is a free floating, remote-control panoramic camera that helps crews monitor operations aboard the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) of the International Space Station. Similar to current consumer-grade ball cameras, the JEM Internal Ball Camera is charged with a standard USB cable and provides real-time video and image downloads to remote operators. Because the camera operates untethered to power supplies or other devices, it provides a view of the JEM outside the visual field of the other cameras currently installed on the JEM and frees astronauts to use their hands for other tasks.
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The following content was provided by Yuusuke Arai, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Information provided courtesy of the Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Yuusuke Arai, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tsukuba, Japan

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Tsukuba Space Center, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Sponsoring Organization
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Research Benefits
Scientific Discovery, Space Exploration

ISS Expedition Duration
April 2017 - October 2018

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • Onboard crews handle numerous tasks on the International Space Station (ISS). Therefore, the crew time resources are always limited. If part of the tasks can be performed by a robot, especially the tasks of gathering video and imagery in order to record research and Public Affairs Outreach (PAO) products, other research activities can use the spare time more effectively. The JEM Internal Ball Camera can gather video or still imagery on behalf of crews, reducing crew time resources to enable spare time for other useful research activity. It could also produce more research outcome for the crew.

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Space Applications
The JEM Internal Ball Camera advances the use of autonomous technologies in space exploration. Deployment of the camera helps validate its operability in space and provide feedback on how autonomous sensors can be used in more complex robotic tasks such as stock management, routine inspections or emergency response.

Earth Applications
The JEM Internal Ball Camera demonstrates how consumer technologies can be used in novel applications and integrated with complex, blended human-robotic tasks.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols
The JEM Internal Ball Camera is carried into the JEM. Prior to activation, the JEM Internal Ball Camera is retrieved from a Crew Transfer Bag (CTB) and is charged through the USB port of an onboard laptop computer. After fully-charged, the USB cable is removed, and the crew activates the JEM Internal Ball Camera. When turned on, the JEM Internal Ball Camera hovers and waits for operational commands from the ground.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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