- A telebridge contact with students participating in the ESA 2014 Space Camp, Rossall School, Fleetwood, United Kingdom was successful Tue 2014-07-29 14:01:13 UTC 53 deg via W6SRJ.
Audio on Echolink and Web stream is generally transmitted around 20 minutes prior to the contact taking place so that you can hear some of the preparation that occurs. IRLP will begin just prior to the ground station call to the ISS. Please note that on Echolink there are automatic breaks of 1.5 seconds in the audio transmission. These occur every 2.5 minutes during the event. Breaks on IRLP are manual and occur approximately after every third question.
This annual camp is organized by the ESA Space Camp Committee takes place in a different European country each summer for 2 weeks. This year the camp takes place between 27 July and 10 August where 185 young space explorers aged 8 to 17 will meet each other in the UK at Rossall School. The children come from the following ESA establishments (UK, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Germany).
This will be the 20th Space Camp organized by ESA. This year the children will also be involved in celebrating this milestone with marking 50 years of ESA. Children, their parents and educators from the area will join the ESA campers on this special celebration day.
Rossall is a boarding school situated on a beautiful 160-acre site, there is plenty of room for extensive sports and cultural facilities, including a swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, as well as a fitness room and a climbing wall.
The ESC 2014 program will feature a balanced mix of sports such as flag rugby, life-guarding, kayaking and martial arts. The theme for camp will be ‘Reach for the Stars!’ Well-equipped IT labs, classrooms and an on-site planetarium will be instrumental in setting up a space education program that will keep the children motivated with new and exciting hands-on activities and educational tasks involving space-related themes, as well as learning about the culture of the host country.
As with all ESA Space Camps, there will be specific emphasis placed on socialization and respect among the participants. We hope to make the camp a really unique experience for juniors and teenagers who are in the process of becoming citizens of a multicultural society.
This ARISS contact will mark a highlight in the space education program as children will be learning about many aspects related to man’s endeavours to reach for the stars!
A direct contact via RZ9WWB with students participating in Gagarin From Space at Vii Youth Rally Of Radio Amateurs In Bashkiria, Ufa, Russia was successful 2014-07-25 21:38 UTC.
The Ham Video transmitter on board Columbus will be activated Tuesday July 22 at 9:55 UTC in Blank Transmission mode, without camera connected.
The transmitter will run permanently until August 6, 2014 in configuration 4:
- - 2.395GHz
- - 2.0 MSym/sec.
A direct contact with students at DLR School Lab, Braunschweig, Germany, via DH1ALF was successful Fri 2014-07-11 09:37:47 UTC 66 deg. During the interview which was conducted in German, students asked 13 questions of astronaut Alex Gerst, KF5ONO.
View a local media report at: https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/hallo_niedersachsen/Funkkontakt-mit-deutschem-Astronauten-auf-ISS,hallonds22506.html.
Listen to an audio recording of the contact:
DLR School Lab in Braunschweig investigates many topics related to transportation: whether on the road, rails, or in the air. In various experiments, school classes can acquaint themselves with the research topics being studied at the science institutes at DLR Braunschweig.
A video recording of astronaut Gerst conducting the interview on the ISS was later posted on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xaeeCPC2sc.
A direct contact was completed between students at the DLR (German Aerospace Center) Project Lab, Neustrelitz, Germany, and astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, on Wednesday, 2 July at 12:05:13 UTC. 15 questions were answered. The contact was conducted in German and streamed live on the web.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is one of Europe's largest and most modern research institutions. Here is where the aircraft of the future are being developed and pilots trained, rocket engines tested and images of distant planets analyzed. In addition, over 7,700 DLR staff members are investigating next-generation high-speed trains, environmentally responsible methods of generating energy, and much more ...
DLR_School_Lab Neustrelitz was opened in September 2011 at DLR in Neustrelitz in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Here is where the data from various satellites are received by means of large antennas, and subsequently processed. The student lab is available for visits of one or several days by school classes from this most northerly German state and further afield.
Listen to an audio recording of the interview:
Contacts with the International Space Station makes the 2014 ARRL Field Day, One to Remember!
One of the highlights of this year’s ARRL Field Day was a myriad of voice contacts offered up by the International Space Station (ISS).
Through the efforts of crew member Reid Wiseman, many anxious ham radio operators had the experience, perhaps for the first time, of speaking with an astronaut orbiting Earth on board the ISS.
After an announcement on Tuesday, June 24, of possible voice contacts from the ISS during the upcoming weekend, many Field Day stations across the U.S. set up tracking equipment, radios and antennas, vying for a brief chat with an orbiting astronaut.
Through various social media outlets, hams were able to track where ISS voice transmissions were being received and in most cases, which Field Day stations had made contact.
One group that was fortunate enough to connect with the ISS were The Boy Scouts of Raymore, MO, Troop 32. Ham operator, Jim Reicher comments … “ I bet the boys could be heard up in orbit even without a radio when Reid answered our call!”
Field Day is held annually during the 4th weekend of June and is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League or ARRL. The main purpose of Field Day is to allow ham radio operators a chance to practice their emergency response capabilities and serves as a contest for Field Day stations to contact as many other Field Day stations as possible within a designated 24 hour period.