Simulating the use of drones within the International Space Station's structure, while adapting existing design or proposing new designs to fill the service role of autonomous payload transport around ISS and other orbital and zero g structures.

This project is solving the ZERO GEE Bee – Your Friendly Neighborhood Drone challenge.


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 within the model and review scale and size.

Key Project Landmarks

  • Create a model of a drone designed for safe zero g operation and equipped with a grabber

  • Install and run Gazebo successfully and understand the control behaviour

  • Build a testing world containing a drone model and a model of the ISS Destiny Laboratory

  • Render the drone model inside the testing world and 'fly' it around ISS

Project Information

License: Apache License 2.0 (Apache-2.0)

Source Code/Project URL: https://github.com/tum-vision/tum_simulator



  • James Dewes
  • Davide Vitelaru
  • Homero Silva
  • Shengsong Yang
  • robert evans