This project presents a design and simulation of a drone to assist with moving items on board a space station in orbit and on future large-scale manned spaceflights. FIDO (Freeflying Independent Drone Operator) is the ideal solution to assist astronauts. It is designed to remotely visually assess the exterior of the International Space Station for damage and to deliver tools and valuable payloads for EVAs (Extravehicular Activities). See PowerPoint presentation in GitHub.

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


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 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.)

Project Information

License: NASA Open Source Agreement 1.3 (NASA-1.3)

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FIDO Project Video -


  • Zack Polizzi
  • Andrew McGregor
  • James Ottina
  • Gregory Smetana
  • Norris Tie
  • Jacqueline Tran