- May 31: The Sterrenschool De Globetrotter school in Rotterdam, The Netherlands conducted an interview for students with Ricky Arnold during their ARISS radio contact. In preparation for the contact, teachers engaged students in weekly in-depth lessons on our galaxy, space exploration, and radio communications. Students at the Aloysius School in nearby Maasland joined in on the lessons and the radio contact. They developed a special website where students could explore themes related to various technologies, physics, Morse code and innovation. Ham radio stations were set up for some length of time at both schools with the help of local hams, allowing students to communicate with each other while at their respective schools. During the ISS contact, 20 questions were answered by Arnold before an audience of 100. TV and radio station reporters were present, providing coverage and recording the activity. A YouTube video (begin listening at 7 ½ minutes into the video) is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVKWcIaWlHI
- May 27: Schoolchildren and young scientists of SouthWest State University in Kursk, Russia took part in an ARISS radio contact. Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev supported the activities.
- May 28: A paper entitled “Educational Outreach and International Collaboration Through ARISS: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station,” co-written by ARISS executives Frank Bauer, Dave Taylor and Rosalie White won best paper at the SpaceOps 2018 Conference held in Marseille, France. The paper presentation at the conference was also very well received.
- June 1: The astronauts on ISS conducted a series of troubleshooting procedures on the on-board HamTV transmitter, which is located in the Columbus module. The troubleshooting procedures, which included a transmitter power down, cable switch out, connection to the back-up ARISS S-band antenna and a post-startup review of the HamTV indicator lights, were successfully performed and showed no issue with the system. But HamTV downlink signals are still not present on the ground. The ARISS-Europe team will be working with ESA on follow-on actions, which may require the downmass of the HamTV system for repair.
- June 16: Students with the Young Naturalists Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada will take part in an ARISS radio contact with Ricky Arnold.
ARISS Social Media Report for May 2018
ARISS Facebook Page Report
ARISS Twitter followers at the end of May totaled 8,756, a gain of 93 (or 1%) over the end of April.