- Aug 16: After resolving an operations issue on Aug 13, two schools in Germany, the Matthes-Enderlein Gymnasium in Zwönitz and the Hohenstaufen Gymnasium in Kaiserslautern successfully co-hosted an ARISS contact for students with Alexander Gerst. He answered 10 student questions with 200 people attending the event. An additional 206 watched the contact through YouTube Stream and 16 listened over a streaming audio outlet. Media coverage included TV outlets SWR RP and Campus-TV TU Kaiserslautern; radio stations RPR1, SWR4 and SWR1; and two newspapers, Rheinpfalz and Unispektrum. Matthes-Enderlein secondary school offers classes in earth and space science, meteorology, aerology, sensor technology, climatology, radio astronomy, electronics, microcontrollers and robotics. Students can take a course through the school’s ham radio club to earn a ham license; instructors use VHF/UHF radios and shortwave listening to teach construction of electronic circuits and networks and the basics of manufacturing electronic assemblies. Hohenstaufen has partnerships with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics and for Experimental Software Engineering, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, and the renowned software corporation, Insiders Technologies.
- Aug 14: Alexander Gerst took time from his workday to speak with students at the DLR School Lab in Braunschweig, Germany. This ARISS contact was one of the DLR/ESA prime VIP contacts. Gerst engaged 13 students. DLR provided a fine program for the audience of 100 including a Q&A with former astronaut Gerhard Thiele. The school invites 11- to 18-year-old students to experience job profiles and DLR research by doing hands-on experiments related to satellite navigation, space, aeronautics, aviation, mechanics, virtual reality, energy, and transport, with certain activities offered to increase females’ interest. Media on hand were TV (RTL, Sat1, NDR), radio (NDR, FNN, Radio38), and print (German Press Agency and Regional Braunschweig News38). The events carried live on DLR’s Facebook page had over 11,000 viewers of the 30-minute coverage and over 2,600 viewers of the 2-hour program. The URL of offerings is at:
- Another live link was through digital amateur radio fast scan TV (DVB-S) to a central ham radio repeater that provided coverage to the ham radio community living in a radius of 200 kilometers.
- Aug 15: During an EVA, cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergei Propopev deployed several technology demonstration satellites including the Russian Cubesats Tanusha 3 and 4. These educational satellites developed by students at Southwest State University in Kursk, Russia were programmed to broadcast greetings in Russian, English, Spanish and Chinese. For a limited period, transmissions from these spacecraft were relayed to earth using the Kenwood D700 amateur radio repeater onboard the ISS. A number of amateur radio operators confirmed hearing the transmissions.
- Aug 17: The online ham radio news service, Amateur Radio Newsline, carried a story about the ARISS packet radio system expected to be launched to the ISS on Progress 71B and to dock on November 2.
- Aug 23: An ARISS radio contact is scheduled for Vidya Mandir Inter College in Meerut, India with Ricky Arnold.
- Aug 24: Glenden State School in Glenden, Queensland, Australia will host its ARISS contact for students with Ricky Arnold.
- Aug 25: Students at Friedrich-Franz-Gymnasium in Parchim, Germany have been busy with STEM experiments in preparation for an ARISS radio contact with Alexander Gerst.