ZERO GEE Bee – Your Friendly Neighborhood Drone

2015 Challenge

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    A major future development in logistics and delivery technology is the deployment of small scale drone vehicles for delivering goods. This Challenge takes this concept and applies it to the logistical and service needs onboard a space station in orbit and future large scale manned spaceflight.

    Autonomy is key factor in the future success of terrestrial drones, meaning pilots are not needed to fly them. It is assumed that the same will be true for future manned spacecraft that will need to move items using ZERO GEE Bee drones. Therefore, the feasibility of autonomous navigation as applied to the interior of a spacecraft shall be considered as part of the project.

    The key aims for the challenge are to define a drone design and implement a software simulator. An example open source drone simulator is provided in the Resources section (Gazebo Simulator).


    Design and simulate a drone (e.g. quad-copter) to be used anywhere, to assist with moving items (5 lb / ~2kg) around. Weightlessness and zero g will be a major design change (or benefit) compared to terrestrial applications.


    • Produce a drone design based on existing concepts that would be suitable for use onboard a human-inhabited spacecraft.
    • Consider the implications for autonomous navigation within a human-inhabited station.
    • Modify existing drone simulator software and applications to create a ZERO GEE Bee simulator to allow a user to fly a drone in a spacecraft environment (zero gravity). The drone shall be able to carry a 5lb/~2kg payload for a suitable length of distance (representative of human-inhabited stations and future large spacecraft.)
    • Look at the SPHERES project for inspiration, and investigate and research potential additional autonomous implementations that could be ported to the spacecraft environment.

    Sample Resources(Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

  • The following projects are solving this challenge:

    • Hollowsphere

      * Project main targets: 1- Zero gravity flying. A- Installing gyroscope for reading feed back while navigating with the payload. 2- Transportation of 2 kg. A- Modifying the CO2 liquid tank from cylindrical shape to pipe grid to provide empty space close to the sphere center of mass ... Visit Project

    • /homingdrone

      Drone introduces public services that could be used either by the government, companies or by individuals. It enables a customer or a citizen to request the required service from the site of the company or the government and delivered to the customer or citizen in his/her location using the d... Visit Project

    • Space Monkey

    • Neo Transporter

      With this project we aim to achive a safer and more efficient way of transportation of objects as well as many other utilities in turn making the astronauts' life both easier and worry free. Visit Project

    • NearOblivion

      We hope to solve the Zero Gravity Drone challenge. Be on the lookout for more updates Visit Project

    • Your Friendly Drone

      The idea is to divide the project into two parts: One who engages in the creation, layout and design of the form and all electronic drone entresijo The other part will be devoted to programming a simulation to illustrate how the robot work dodging pieces of the ship, back in unsafe areas or tak... Visit Project

    • ZeroGB

      / In the following document we present solution for designing an autonomous drone for transporting purposes in zero gravity environment. First we describe the functions offered by the drone like movement, obstacle detection, object detection and recognition, grabbing mechanism and the algorit... Visit Project

    • RegexButler

      So provide a system that can take commands at a high level in natural language and pass tasks down a chain to something at the other end. The aim is to pilot a virtual sphere around a 2D test environment using voice commands. But it could be used to pass instructions to any system in any en... Visit Project

    • Mustang

      Our future plan : Using thuster technology that we use out space ship Use image recognition instead of proximity sensor Visit Project

    • JellyBot

      Our aim is to design and simulate a drone that emulates the jellyfish movement in water. Jellyfishes are claimed to be the most energy efficient animal in water movement, and we believe that zero-g is somehow similar to floating in water. We are developing the CAD sketch of the drone, then we wil... Visit Project

    • UQ ZGB AUS ( work in progress )

      We aim to produce a detailed design and simulation of an autonomous aerial vehicle which has the capability to: - autonomously navigate a populated spacecraft - safely transport a 2 kg payload a suitable distance (~5m) - pick up and detach the payload This will be achieved through the use o... Visit Project

    • Zero Gee Pill

      Nowadays the standard concept of drone is the quadcopter. In this challenge we'd like to build a drone which uses only two rotors. This can be a nice choice in a zero G environment. Visit Project


      Design and simulate a drone (e.g. quad-copter) to be used anywhere, to assist with moving items (5 lb / ~2kg) around. Weightlessness and zero g will be a major design change (or benefit) compared to terrestrial applications. Visit Project

    • ASOC-0g ( Automatic Satellite for Object Carring in 0 g )

      Our project aims to design an automatic drone for the delivery of items or equipment up to a weight of 2,0 Kg. We think this drone could help the crew by fullfilling the task of carrying object in the ISS, so the crew's members could focus on more relevant activities. Visit Project

    • alpha7

      In our project we are based on the requirements of NASA. Our drone is designed to function in space station where gravity is zero, it will fly and land without any problems and will transport items from one point to another. It is also resolved to be stationed in a certain place, no matter that g... Visit Project

    • A0G4X

      Simulation of an Autonomous Quadrotor able to operate in a Zero Gravitation environment. Able to transport small packages from A to B in the International Space Station. Based on the simulation used in Jurgen Sturms EdX course on Autonomous Flying Robots. Uses visual odometry combined with gyrosc... Visit Project

    • CuBee

      Our project aims to create a drone that will be helpful for astronauts within a Spacecraft environment . The drone main task is to assist in transporting load (2 Kg) from one place to another .. For this purpose ,CuBee was designed creatively to fit in limited locations . This is achieved ... Visit Project

    • What 9.8

      This project is attempting to create a zero gravity quadcopter. Visit Project

    • Hover Drone

      How can you move supplies using a Zero GeeBee drone within a spacecraft? Our reply to that question is the HoverDrone! Twelve participants contributed to creating this incredibly autonomous floating handy-bot here in Sherbrooke, Quebec. We determined that the optimal shape for the HoverDrone i... Visit Project

    • zero G accessories

      I make accessories that use the weightlessness. Visit Project

    • X.A.W.D (Xamiox Autonomous Warp Drone).

      Drone autónomo propulsado por CO2 para Moverse por el espacio, con la tecnología de sensor de microondas evita accidentes con los tripulantes. Visit Project

    • interstellar

      our project aims to achieve a reliable motion in narrow spaces which is full of tools and devices like space station. it also aims to transport objects of 2 kg and protect them from any damage during transportation Also it aims to act as energy harvesting module that uses MEMS (MicroElectroMecha... Visit Project

    • drony

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      This project is for a fully autonomous device to help assist astronauts in the space station transporting packages. Visit Project



      Our project aims were is to produce a drone design based on existing concepts that would be suitable for use on-board a human inhabited spacecraft. The main aspect of our design. Is the Inertia mass damper which resists acceleration in the desired (longtitudinal and lateral) axes. To achieve s... Visit Project

    • Dragonfly Drone

      We are participating on the category Zero Gee Bee with the purpose of developing an unmanned air vehicle able to be controlled in two ways, the first one is by a radio frequency (RF) control where the user can maneuver the drone manually avoiding obstacles, in the second one the control is autono... Visit Project

    • MicroDrone

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    • Zero G Drones

      <p>Objective: Design and simulate a drone (e.g. quad-copter) to be used anywhere, to assist with moving items (5 lb / ~2kg) around. Weightlessness and zero g will be a major design change (or benefit) compared to terrestrial applications.</p> <p>Considerations Produce a drone design based on ... Visit Project

    • D.R.O.N.E

      Study the possibilities linked to displacement in non-atmospheric zero-g conditions. The needs that we defined are the following: -Being able to easily observe and maintain satellites with an automated robotic device; -Preventing astronauts from having to participate in extra-vehicular operatio... Visit Project

    • Eggy

      The aim of this project is to create a drone capable of transporting goods and making inspections within the International Space Station or in the outer space without the need of risking the Astronaut life by doing a space walk or going into small places within the station. Using pneumatic thrust... Visit Project

    • FIDO: The Astronaut Assistant

      Produce a drone design based on existing concepts that would be suitable for use on board a human-inhabited spacecraft. Consider the implications for autonomous navigation within a human-inhabited station. Modify existing drone simulator software and applications to create a ZERO GEE Bee simula... Visit Project

    • NoGee Drone

      _our aim : move something (max. 2 kilos ) from point to another autonomously. _our process: . 1- we divide our main system into 6 subsystems : ( drone design and control , path planning , computer vision , indoor navigation , simulation ( using GAZEBO) 2- the challenges that we face ... Visit Project


      Design and simulate a drone (e.g. quad-copter) to be used anywhere, to assist with moving items (5 lb / ~2kg) around. Weightlessness and zero g will be a major design change (or benefit) compared to terrestrial applications Visit Project


      Design and simulate a drone (e.g. quad-copter) to be used anywhere, to assist with moving items (5 lb / ~2kg) around. Weightlessness and zero g will be a major design change (or benefit) compared to terrestrial applications Visit Project

    • T.U.R.T.L.E.

      ![T.U.R.T.L.E.]( "T.U.R.T.L.E.") ![T.U.R.T.L.E.]( "T.U.R.T.L.E.")... Visit Project

    • RoflCopter

      The ROFLCOPTER is a cuboid drone with six arms. Its symmetric structure is 50 x 50 x 50 cm and its carbon fiber body weights approximately 10 Kg. At the end of each of the six arms we find an electromagnet, four thrusters and a proximity sensor. The central body incorporates a bluetooth receiv... Visit Project

    • Zeppelin Zero Gravity

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    • Squid space

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    • SpacePuppy

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    • BuggyDrone

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      Shortly, Our drone will help the astronauts take their minds off simple operations like organizing or carrying any payload around and focus on more pressing matters, making their missions easier. Our solution is quadcopter with a carbon fiber body , which has 4 propellers that uses the slighte... Visit Project

    • LYCA (Lightweight Carrier Assistant)

      We defined three main design criteria for this challenge: size, energy consumption, and compatibility with inhabited spaces. Having as a main to maintain the lowest energy consumption. Having that clear, we evaluated several shapes. Our analysis has showed that in shared spaces an spherically... Visit Project

    • Companions in Space

      [Video]( ========== Background ========== In the future there will be bigger space stations and space ships for travels to outer space, which increases the amount of repetitive and monotone tasks that has to be performed aboard the space ship, like repairs, mai... Visit Project

    • Void Propeller

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    • OctoGrab

      The purpose of the project is to design a drone able to autonomously deliver objects inside the International Space Station and future large scaled spacecrafts in order to solve logistical and service needs of a human operated space flight. The two main differences between this project and the ex... Visit Project

    • PODS

      This project merely sets a new starting point for development of utility drones usable in enclosed zero g environments. Inspired by the SPHERES project, we tried to develop basic behavior and control mechanisms. Visit Project

    • Heebie Jeebies

      Heebie Drone =========== Using the Robot Operating System (ROS) framework and Gazebo simulation environment, along with MeshLab, Solidworks and Blender we created a model of a drone and a test environment similar to the inside of the International Space Station. We were able to direct the drone... Visit Project

    • Bouncy Ball

      Zero G and no space station. No Electronics. Then add space station. So the item needs padding. Surround with clear double layer beach ball. Goes to space deflated and gets inflated with human breath (like ballon). as needed. Ball is like this - but scaled down Visit Project

    • NASA Express Drone

      ![]( The project is about a New Drone working in microgravity condition,0 g, which has a support function for the ISS equipment. *The Problem* Starting from the already existing project VERTIGO SPHERE, read on Nasa website, we have designed a drone wit... Visit Project

    • Hexadrone

      Our design has generally a hexagonal platform. On our platform, due to the nozzles on the different axis , has three nitrogen tube that will provide movement and a system that can be used by assembling different parts that has different functions on it. On our presentation we simulated two diff... Visit Project

    • The Skywalker Project

      The Skywalker project is the design and simulation of a drone able to work in micro gravity. After running several simulation tests, we have defined the shape of the drone to be spherical, this due to its facility to manipulation and to contrarest the collision events that may occur inside t... Visit Project

    • DEMS - Drone Ecosystem for Mars Surface Surveillance

      We are using the following sponsor provided support: 1. Intel Edison Arduino Board 2. IBM BlueMix 3. Microsoft Surface for designing the concept art The drone ecosystem will contain multiple sensing units - IR, Thermal, Visible Range Cameras, Radar/Sonar Mapping, Laser Based Altimeter, Baro... Visit Project

    • Zero Gee Bee AssISStaint

      How zero gee bee looks like? Main parts are: - body, - 4 motors assembly, - griping mechanism, - docking mechanism; Body holds all attach mechanisms, control and navigational electronics with sensors, battery power source, communications module,… Motor assembly has propeller with mot... Visit Project

    • ZGSmartD

      El control de las funcionalidades del ZGSmartD se realiza mediante un App situado en un wearable (SmartPhone), en el cual mediante una interfaz se accede al menú de funcionalidades del dispositivo, quién atiende la instrucción y ejecuta la orden del ingeniero espacial. ZGSmartD maneja su posició... Visit Project

    • ZFORCE

      There are four Faulhaber 0620-B 12V motors installed in the drone. They have a diameter of 6 mm and length of 20 mm. They weigh .005 pounds. The motors are controlled from the wireless remote which is connected to the command centre. The speed of the motors can be increased or decreased to increa... Visit Project

    • DONUT

      The goals achieved during the italian Space Apps Challenge weekend are: 1) the ability of flying in autonomous and pre-programmed modalities in space environmen; 2) the improvement in surveillance inside the spacecraft using different operational modes; 3) three-dimensional mobility to a... Visit Project


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    • Super Copter

      .AIM: It's great to have a flexible SUPER-COPTER can move object anytime and anywhere. After choosing the concept with the team, we believe that we can make a smart small Servant which can fly in earth gravity as well as micro gravity and also can be used through the journey, that keeps the... Visit Project

    • ArachnoBeeA

      Project aims to achieve to produce a drone with ability to work even in airless (or any other gas) environment and to be able to move around the facility in efficient and adaptable way. We plan to do this by having a hand like structure at the end of each of the limbs of drone. This way, drone wi... Visit Project

    • Innovative-Drone-for-NASA

      A drone is a pilotless vehicle which can be guided by remote control, or can be navigated automatically based on pre-programmed software. They are used in many scientific and civilian projects. Can be found in numerous shapes and sizes. The past few years drones are becoming more and more popul... Visit Project

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