[TriEmbed] Student robotics and running code aboard the ISS

Carl Nobile carl.nobile at gmail.com
Tue Jun 29 18:44:10 CDT 2021

Hey Charly,

Any drone would only need directional and proximity control, but not lift.
So my first question is, where would they actually fly these drones? In the
ISS itself? They certainly couldn't in space.


On Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 10:14 PM Charles West via TriEmbed <
triembed at triembed.org> wrote:

> Hello!
> I'm talking with Nanoracks about putting some free flying drones in a
> compartment on the ISS.  One of the big uncertainties is whether or not
> people would be willing to pay for being able to fly something there.
> There's been some fairly popular free (but restricted access) programs with
> free flying drones on the ISS (SPHERES, Astrobee) so I am hoping that there
> would be sufficient interest to at least break even.
> The latency is fairly high (500-1000 milliseconds), so direct control
> probably wouldn't be that fun.  That said, I was thinking it might be a fun
> thing for student coding competitions.  My current idea for pricing is that
> it would be $50 for a 10 minute slot, with student code running on a
> virtual machine on the drone.  Users would also have access to a simulation
> of the environment and get video recording/tracking of the drone as it
> performed their code.  It would also be possible to rent out multiple
> drones for a higher rate, if you wanted to do something fancier or get a
> discount if other drones were able to operate at the same time.
> Overall, it would be pretty cheap for a "do something cool using code"
> sort of thing since the cost for a slot is roughly on par with an arduino
> kit.
> If I may ask, what do you think?  Would it be popular?  Would you do it?
> Any idea how I could get proof one way or the other?
> Thanks,
> Charlie
> P.S.
> The drones would have to fly in an opaque compartment, since NASA is
> really weird about anything taking pictures of astronauts.
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Carl J. Nobile (Software Engineer)
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