Contact with Primary and Junior High Schools Complex in Stobierna, Poland, via telebridge VK5ZAI was successful: Wed 2013-11-27 09:26:13 UTC 50 deg. Welcome back to the ISS and your first Exp. 38 ARISS contact, Koichi!
School Complex in Stobierna is composed of two main school levels: primary school and junior high school. The primary school attendants are between the ages of six and 12. The junior high school students range from 13 to 16 years old. The students of these schools are interested in astronomical observations, thus they are eager to take part in special classes concerning such issues. We organized a series of educational trips to places from which students observed the sky, including the stars, planets and satellites. These activities were integrated into daily school activities in the field of physics and astronomy. Since many schools participated in the project, we organized inter-school competitions. A series of competitions related to astronautics was also organized. For the youngest students there was a drawing contest, and the contest for the older students was a multimedia presentation related to space flight and the history of the ISS.
Contact with Salisbury Middle Schools, Salisbury, New Brunswick, Canada, telebridge via W6SRJ was successful.
For the past several months, students and staff of Salisbury Middle School have been working hard in anticipation of this wonderful opportunity. Most obvious is how the students continue to learn and their excitement as they come together toward this common goal which they can all be proud of. In anticipation of the actual ARISS contact, the students have asked that it be proclaimed as “A Day to Space Out”. Activities have already begun with the official launch showcasing a video created by the students providing information regarding the event. Also created by the students are weekly special segments featured the Schools PodCast News Show which include short space related videos, ISS News and current expedition Astronaut biographies. The students have also enjoyed informative presentations from the Astronomical Society of New Brunswick and the Science East Planetarium . The Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club will be transmitting from SMS on November 15th, in conjunction with space related “Theme Day”. One creative student submitted an event logo which will be printed on tee-shirts and worn by students as they ask their questions.
NASA Video Reports ARISS Inspiration for US Boy Scout
Austin Walker, now a software engineer, first participated in a regional annual Boy Scout event, Space Jam, held in Rantoul, Illinois, while in high school. “This is our seventh year doing it. It’s a blast every year,” said Walker.
“Making contact with the International Space Station was one of the driving forces that helped create Space Jam,” said Walker. It was also a pivotal moment for Walker when in his third year at Space Jam he was in charge of making the initial contact with the astronaut. “I’ve always been interested in technology and science and being out in a rural setting, there’s not a lot of support,” said Walker.
Walker graduated from Princeton University after being accepted on a full scholarship and now resides in San Francisco, CA “writing software for people,” as he put it.
Walker explains his experience in a NASA video interview for its Station Inspiration Project.
November 13, 2013
Contact with Rancho Romero Elementary School, Alamo, CA, USA, direct via KJ6TWN was successful: Wed 2013-11-13 19:44:17 UTC 84 deg. Students were able to complete 13 questions before signal was lost. The lead engineer was 16 year-old Rebecca Rubsamen, KJ6TWM, of Alamo, a sophomore at a local high school, who built her own VHF radio and the two large antennas in her backyard with the help of her father Reid Rubsamen, who is also an amateur radio enthusiast.
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ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP, returned to Earth, November 11, 2013 along with Russian commander, Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronaut, Karen Nyberg. They landed in the Kazakhstan steppe at 02:49 GMT (03:49 CEWT), in the same Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft that flew them to the International Space Station on May 29th.
Parmitano spent five months on the International Space Station for his VOLARE mission under a bilateral agreement with the Italian space agency and NASA. He conducted more than 30 scientific experiments, performed two spacewalks and operational tasks as well as maintaining the orbital outpost.
Parmitano has proven to be an enthusiastic and passionate radio amateur with great availability for ARISS school contacts. When all questions prepared by the students could not be answered during the scheduled pass, Luca used to come back whenever possible to continue the space talk on the following orbit.In terms of ARISS school contacts performed during a single expedition, Parmitano is 4th in ranking of the ISS astronauts.
Parmitano expressed his feelings regarding amateur radio in a message entitled "Message in a Bottle", published on the ESA blog. Parmitano went beyond his mandate as ISS crew member and Ham operator for ARISS school contacts, performing many random contacts with hams on Earth. Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF, served as manager for the IR0ISS logbook, collecting reports from the ISS for most of the random contacts, totaling 231 QSOs.
Our thanks to Luca Parmitano who did the effort to log the QSOs and to forward the log to Earth for almost all random contacts.
All details about IR0ISS random contacts during the "Volare" mission are available at:
The telebridge contact with Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY, USA via IK1SLD on Nov. 4 was successful. Signals sounded good most of the way through the contact. All 14 questions were answered by astronaut, Luca Parmitano, K5FKDP.
The direct contact with astronaut Parmitano and students at Warren County Technical School, Washington, NJ, USA was also successful Monday, Nov. 4.
NASA Interview with ARISS Chairman, Frank Bauer KA3HDO
As part of the AMSAT celebration of 30 years of Amateur Radio traveling to space on manned space flight, ARISS Chairman, Frank Bauer KA3HDO was interviewed at NASA Mission Control, at Johnson Space Center. Listen to the interview.