- Aug 28: At the summer science camp hosted by Kopernik Observatory & Science Center in Vestal, NY, students engaged in a number of exciting STEM projects with the highlight being an ARISS radio contact. The youth used a software-defined radio to learn to receive images from a METEOR Weather Satellite. Students built 22 beam antennas using PVC pipe and metal tape measures, and then tested the antennas in a radio fox hunt to track the location of a hidden radio transmitter. The Center’s director mentored students in using Kopernik’s amateur radio satellite station to engage Serena Aunon-Chancellor in a Q & A session. She answered 16 questions before an audience of 50. As the contact took place, 250 Facebook viewers watched. A YouTube video was posted and media on site included TV stations WBNG, WICZ and WIVT. Two news stories are at these URLs:
- Aug 25: A successful ARISS radio contact was made under the About Gagarin from Space program with Oleg Artemyev talking to students in Kursk, Russia.
- Aug 15: The ARISS team began receiving reports that the ARISS packet radio system on board the ISS was suddenly functioning again! The unit had stopped working in December. The ARISS team confirmed the reports. Ham operators around the world began posting messages about being pleased that they had heard and used the system. Not knowing how long the unit will continue to work, the ARISS plan is still in place to launch a replacement packet unit to the ISS in October.
ARISS Social Media - August 2018
ARISS Facebook Page Report
- ARISS Twitter followers at the end of August totaled 9,085, a gain of 59 (or close to 1%) over the end of July.
- Sep 6: Students at the Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School in Santa Ana, CA will have an ARISS contact with Ricky Arnold.