Update: Another Successful Contact
A telebridge contact via VK4KHZ with students at Briargreen Public School in Nepean, Ontario was successful on Monday, June 13 at 15:19:15 UTC 31 deg.
Astronaut Timothy Peake, KG5BVI, answered 15 questions for an audience of 250 students along with parents and visitors.
For more information please see the post below which announced the upcoming event.
An International Space Station (ISS) school contact has been planned with students at Briargreen Public School in Nepean, Ontario.
A telebridge contact via VK4KHZ is scheduled for Monday, June 13 at 15:19:15 UTC 31 deg. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The contact should be audible over portions of Australia and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake, KG5BVI.
Briargreen is an amazing K-6 open-concept school nestled in a suburban community of west Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. It is a caring community of diverse students, teachers and parents, who love to share both our in-class and out-of-class experiences with each other. Some of our noteworthy special events include our Kindergarten Chinese New Year parade, Terry Fox Run activities and junior community games days. Our learning community has some of the most wonderful students in the world! Visit our website at briargreenps.ocdsb.ca/Pages/home.aspx
Source: Upcoming ARISS Contacts, https://www.ariss.org/upcoming-contacts.html
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1) What types of things do you miss when you've been on the ISS for a long time?
2) The rocket launch stage is one of the most dangerous moments. What did you think about at that period? Are you scared?
3) What was the hardest part of your training experience that you had to go through before you went to space?
4) How do you handle being away from your family and friends for such a long time?
5) When you were a little kid, did you dream of being an astronaut, or did you decide when you were older?
6) How does it feel to be without gravity in space?
7) Do you feel like your sleep is affected in space? Are you more tired or awake while in space?
8) Wed like to know what happens if you are sick or get injured while in space or in a spaceship?
9) What is it like being in a micro-gravity environment and then coming back to earth?
10) What do you do in your spare time?
11) How much electricity does the space station use?
12) How do you communicate and how often do you communicate with your family down on earth?
13) How many hours do you have out of the station in outer space with your suit on? Is there an overall time limit for being out in space?
14) What was the most dangerous situation you have ever experienced in the ISS?
15) What made you want to go to the space station and stay in space for 6 months at a time instead of a shorter mission?
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States and other international space agencies and international Amateur Radio organizations around the world. The primary purpose of ARISS is to organize scheduled contacts via Amateur Radio between crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced volunteers from Amateur Radio clubs and coordination from the ARISS team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science centers and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps, where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies and Amateur Radio.
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, the Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA and CSA, with the AMSAT and International Amateur Radio Union organizations from participating countries.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, firsthand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on the International Space Station can energize youth and instill an interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on their website.
Source: Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM, RAC ARISS Board Representative
Upcoming Contacts: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)