The first drone has been sent to space. Its name is JEM Internal Ball Camera (Int-Ball) and sends photos from the International Space Station. It was shipped by SpaceX.
The Int-Ball drone is equipped with the Japanese Kobo Research Module. Another interesting point: the Int-Ball drone is controled by the JAXA Space Center located in Tsukuba, Japan. The Int-Ball can be moved freely across the board.
The purpose of cosmic drones is to capture photos and videos and to send them real-time to scientists on Earth. So far, such activities have been carried out by the same astronauts aboard the International Space Station, so clever robots can be a bit offloaded.
The components used in the 3D printing process are used in the Int-Ball design.
150 mm diameter drones travel around the ISS board in microgravity. For navigating through the room, it uses a special marker that allows to orient itself into space.