- July 2: Pearl Technology STEM Academy in Peoria Heights, IL hosted an ARISS contact for youth with Serena Aunon-Chancellor. Beforehand, Illinoisan Scott Altman was on the big screen via Skype talking about space and taking questions. Radio contact was established, a fuse blew, radio operators switched to their backup radio station, then seven questions were answered. Audience tally: 100 students, 200 adults including US Representatives Cheri Bustos and Darin LaHood, State Representative Mike Unes, along with 305 live-stream Academy Facebook viewers. Pearl’s David Johnson noted, "This is like graduation day. They learned all about space, capillary elements, orbit prediction; they learned all about radio waves; and today it all came together." Judy Schmidt of University of Illinois Extension said, “It’s a great opportunity for kids to get a spark about STEM.” Students built tech projects led by her, plus a ham radio payload for a high-altitude balloon launch and tracking, and used Caterpillar Inc.’s virtual reality “Mars Environment” equipment. Four of the many news stories are at:
- STEMdaily, an e-letter about tech education, going to thousands of US teachers, carried a story that included the URL for the Peoria Journal Star’s news article.
- July 3: Students at Kardinal-Frings-Gymnasium in Bonn, Germany took part in an ARISS radio contact, getting answers from Alexander Gerst to 16 questions. Attending the event were 1,250 people with 13 media organizations covering the action; a few of the URLs are listed below. Students regularly visit the German Center for Aerospace (DLR) for physics labs, Covesto Science Lab for chemistry labs, KAUTEX for mechanical engineering classes, and amcm for IT classes.
- Jun 29-July 1, Jul 5-9: Slow Scan TV images were transmitted via ham radio to viewers on Earth; images celebrated many satellites that were deployed from the ISS. Over 4,000 images were downloaded by people around the globe and posted at ARISS’s SSTV public web page. More people are using just a simple hand-held radio, simple hand-held antenna, and phone app.
- June 29: The online weekly news program, Amateur Radio Newsline, ran an interview of ARISS team member Dave Taylor about the new radio system the team is building for launch in 2019. A second ARISS story featured an upcoming Australian ARISS radio contact.
- July 2: An article in the Journal Register newspaper in Palmer, MA, was sent by the Pathfinder School Superintendent to the Massachusetts Vocational Public School System. The school system got permission to re-print the article in a newsletter going to all of Massachusetts’s vocational public school administrators. The article, featuring a photo of four students working on the ham antennas, detailed many of the hands-on technical projects the students are involved in for preparation for their ARISS radio contact this fall.
- Dr. Rhea Seddon was one of three women astronauts interviewed at a program hosted by Space Center Houston. For her most memorable moment in space, she cited her amateur radio contact (Shuttle Amateur Radio EXperiment) with her son’s school. The URL is:
- June: The young ladies at Kings High in Warwick, UK who had initiated the school’s ARISS proposal for their April radio contact, won a major national Shine Media award for “Best Podcast by UK students.”
An ARISS Facebook page displaying the back cover of ARRL’s journal, QST, which featured a beautiful ISS photo and information about ARISS. In two days’ time, the post attracted a reach of over 3,000.
ARISS web pages get about 7,000 unique viewers to the site each week.
- July 13: Burns Science & Technical Charter School staff in Oak Hills, FL are transporting over 60 students to the Space Port Area Conference for Educators at Kennedy Space Center, FL to feature them in an ARISS radio contact with Ricky Arnold. Three of the ARISS team will staff a booth exhibiting ARISS.