The sphere explained
- uploaded: Jul 28, 2011
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Turns out this so called UFO was finally identified.
To inspect the whole exterior of the station, a robotics camera called the Autonomous Extravehicular Activity Robotics Camera Sprint (AERCam Sprint). The AERCam Sprint free-flyer is a 14-inch diameter, 35-pound sphere that contains two television cameras, an avionics system and 12 small nitrogen gas-powered thrusters. The robot basically looks like an oversized soccer ball. An astronaut using a hand held controller, two laptops and a window-mounted antenna would operate the AERcam.