A direct contact with astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA and students at Exploration Place, Wichita, KS, USA via WØSOE was successful on the second attempt at Fri 2014-02-28 at 18:04 UTC.
Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages interactive environments, hands-on experiences, Kansas’ largest domed theater – the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium – imaginative spaces, and outdoor recreation, all located on a 20-acre site along the scenic Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Kansas. Find more information at www.exploration.org, www.facebook.com/ExplorationPlace, and www.Twitter.com/DiscoverAtEP.
Mueller Aerospace and Engineering Discovery Magnet Elementary is located in Wichita, Kansas. Mueller became an aerospace and engineering magnet in 2008 and received a federal grant in 2010 to support the magnet themes with new curriculum, professional development, supplies and technology for teaching aerospace and engineering with a STEM emphasis. It is the only aerospace magnet in the state of Kansas and the first school in Kansas to identify itself as a STEM magnet school.
The Wichita Amateur Radio Club, Inc., established in December, 1932, is organized as a 501c3 Non Profit corporation. Its objectives and purposes are to encourage the public to recognize the value of the amateur radio service and enhance the voluntary noncommercial communication service by providing emergency and other useful communication; extend every amateur operator’s ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art; improve the service by advancing skills in the communication and technical areas; expand the number of trained operators and technicians in the amateur radio corp, and enhance international goodwill through amateur radio.
For this ARISS event these three entities are coming together to provide a unique opportunity for the students to speak to astronauts on board the ISS. The contact would not be possible without technical assistance from the Wichita Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Exploration Place has worked with Mueller Elementary for several years on projects and is excited to once again provide this opportunity with support from NASA.
A telebridge contact with cadets at Australian Air League - South Australia Wing, Elizabeth, South Australia, via AH6NM was successful Fri 2014-02-21. Twenty questions were answered by astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA.
Watch a local video news report courtesy of Chan.9 TV, Adelaide.
The Australian Air League is a youth organisation for boys and girls aged from 8 to 18 years which encourages an interest in aviation as a career or as a hobby for the youth of Australia. The organisation is entirely self-funding and is staffed by volunteers who give their time to achieve its goals.
The aims and objectives of the Australian Air League include:
1. To promote and encourage the development of Aviation in the Youth of Australia
2. To promote good citizenship
3. To promote ingenuity and resourcefulness of its members
4. To develop the physical and mental abilities of its members
A contact with students at Fort Belvoir Elementary School, Arlington, VA, USA, hosted by Marymount University was successful Wed 2014-02-19 19:02:07 UTC 79 deg. The contact was by telebridge between NA1SS and K6DUE in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA. Twenty-three questions were answered by astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA.
Listen to a recording of the contact:
The STEM emphasis is further supported through a partnership with Marymount University (MU). MU education and science faculty and students organize hands-on STEM activities for the annual family events such as “Family STEM Day” and the “Science and Engineering Fair and Family Day”. Additionally, MU will begin a new program for the spring semester 2014. MU pre-service teachers will come to FBES for their “Math and Science Methodologies in Education” coursework. Pre-service teachers will be bused to FBES weekly, during the spring semester 2014, where they will be instructed by their professor and then practice their newly acquired skills in the classroom with FBES teachers and students. On the day of the ARISS contact, these students will be present to assist.
February 19, 2014
A telebridge contact with students at Delaware Township School, Sergeantsville, NJ, USA via VK4KHZ was successful: Wed 2014-02-19 15:04:25 UTC 45 deg. Fourteen questions were answered by astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA.
Read a local news story about the event:http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2014/02/delaware_township_school_stude.html
Listen to a recording of the contact:
February 15, 2014
A telebridge contact with students at ITIS Giovanni Caramuel, Vigevano, Italy via AH6NM was successful: Sat 2014-02-15 10:15:59 UTC 64 deg. Nineteen questions were answered by astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA.
Read an announcement about the upcoming contact on the Italian news section of the ESA website : http://www.esa.int/ita/ESA_in_your_country/Italy/San_Valentino_quasi_con_l_astronauta_collegamento_radio_con_la_ISS
Listen to a recording of the contact:
In the school year 1996/97 a new Scientific Technological Lyceum was added, later becoming the Applied Sciences Lyceum after the school reform in 2010. It is a specific course of study, which is independent from the Industrial Technical Institute, having a syllabus very similar to the traditional Scientific Lyceum but with a greater commitment to technological society.
The Institute has more than 600 students and 31 classes. It is housed in a recently constructed building owned by the Province of Pavia; it can be considered a modern school, since attention is paid to the most innovative educational technologies of the present time, which include up-to-date laboratories. In the school year 2010/11 the Institute obtained from the Ministry of Education the CertINT certificate, due to the school’s commitment to activities carried out in the field of international and intercultural exchange.
A direct contact with students at Escola Estadual “Gonçalves Dias”, Boa Vista, Brazil, via PV8DX was successful Thu 2014-02-13.
The school was founded in 1977. It works in two shifts, morning and afternoon with a total of 800 students.
The school has a specialty program dedicated to Computer Science and related areas – students in this area are directly involved in the ARISS event. These same students are involved in the development of questions and related studies. The school has 70 teachers and 30 administrative support staff.
A direct contact with students at Chuuou Elementary School, Toyoake, Japan via 8N2TCES was successful: Sun 2014-02-09 08:22:48 UTC 62 deg. Astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA answered 12 questions. The contact was conducted in Japanese. To watch a video recording of the contact: http://www.ariss.jp/chuuou/8N2TCES.avi
A direct contact with students at Takatsuki Dai 1 Junior High School, Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan, via 8N3T was successful: Sat 2014-02-08 09:11:01 UTC 74 deg. Astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA answered 30 questions. The contact was conducted in Japanese. To watch a video recording of the contact. http://www.ariss.jp/takatsukidaiichi/8n3t.avi
February 7, 2014
Ham Commissioning Postponed
ESA postponed the Ham Video Commissioning to March 8, according to the most recent HamTV Bulletin from Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, ARISS-Europe Chairman.
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, ARISS-Europe Chairman, provides this update on commissioning of the new HamTV system on the ISS: The flight rules are not yet finalized, hence, the commissioning is delayed. The plan now is to do the first commissioning step February 15. The last step is still planned for March 8. Blank transmissions will be reduced to a 3 week period. Transmissions will occur on downlink frequencies 2.422 GHz and 2.437 GHz. Contingent frequencies are 2.369 GHz and 2.395 GHz. Find more details on the ISS HamTV configuration in the most recent HamTV Bulletin.