[TriEmbed] Student robotics and running code aboard the ISS

Jon Wolfe jonjwolfe at anibit.com
Tue Jun 29 19:29:16 CDT 2021


accelerometer-based flight stability would be an interesting challenge in 
microgravity.

On June 29, 2021 7:44:59 PM Carl Nobile via TriEmbed 
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> 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.
>
> ~Carl
>
>
> 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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