Contact for Wallingford STEM Academy/Town of Wallingford, Wallingford, CT, USA, direct via K1SEZ was unsuccessful. ARISS is attempting to determine what happened. The school will be rescheduled for a later date.
"You fail more than you succeed in science..." - to read more comments and a recap of the unsuccessful contact with Wallingford STEM Academy and lessons learned, please click here for a local news story.
A direct contact between Kopernik Observatory and Science Center, in Vestal, NY, USA and astronaut Michael Hopkins, KF5LJG was successful.
Following is information provided by KOSC:
The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center (KOSC) is a non-profit learning institution that promotes interdisciplinary education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Through its classes, events and programs, KOSC’s multi-generational approach emphasizes experiential, engaged and active learning as a model of STEM education in our region.
Founded in 1973, KOSC has offered hundred of thousands of students of all ages the opportunity to learn about their world and the universe surrounding them. Kopernik’s resources include three permanent telescopes, a heliostat, weather station, three classrooms, photography lab, computer lab and amateur radio station. It also offers a robust outreach program where its educators go to schools to bring its programs directly into the classroom.
KOSC has partnered with Binghamton High School, in Binghamton NY, to offer their students a series of classes and labs on topics such as radio communication, satellite orbits, astronomy and life on the International Space Station (ISS). Those classes and labs will help the students understand and prepare for the capstone event: a direct radio contact between the Amateur Radio Station at KOSC and an astronaut on the ISS. During that event those students will have the opportunity to directly ask an astronaut on the ISS a wide range of questions about life on the ISS and Space Exploration.
Oct 2013 SSTV Experiment Over Moscow
The Kenwood D710 will be activated on Oct 28 and 29 for some more SSTV imagery transmissions while the ISS is in range of Moscow. Planned activation times for Oct 28 are 10:25, 12:00 and 13:35 UTC. Activation times for Oct 29 are 11:15 and 12:50 UTC. Typical transmission windows are about 10 minutes and usually are done using Martin 1 mode. The down link frequency has historically been 145.80 MHz.
October 26, 2013
Convitto Nazionale di Roma, Rome and Pediatrico Giovanni XXIII, Bari, Italy established a double contact with ISS (11:55 UTC and 13:33 UTC). Astronaut, Luca Parmitano, K5FKDP, answered 15 questions.
IK1SLD supported the event, due to local interference on downlink frequency at IKØUSO ground station in Rome. So the second contact was established per telebridge.
Listen to the conversation.
October 23, 2013
Successful contact for IPSSEOA Castellana Grotte and Liceo Classico e Linguistico C. Sylos, Bitonto, Italy via IZ7RTN.
Astronaut, Luca Parmitano, K5FKDP, answered 18 questions by students. ISS Signal was loud and clear during all pass.
The event was webcast on:
October 19, 2013
Istituto Comprensivo, Marzocchino Di Seravezza and Istituto Comprensivo Camaiore 3, Camaiore, Italy established a double contact with ISS.
Astronaut, Luca Parmitano, K5FKDP, answered 15 questions by students.
October 14, 2013
Contact with Ecole Francaise Jacques Prevert, Saly, Senegal, was successful with an enthusiastic audience of 300 and 14 questions answered by Astronaut Luca Parmitano, K5FKDP.
The preparation of this radio contact, the exchange of point of views about space with students and their imagination, live radio contact, are some of the greatest moments that intermingle and tell the story of an extraordinary meeting. A story of intellectual, emotional, poetic, musical, gateways between a village in Senegal and Space, between children and astronauts, between British songs and African singers, but primarily among men, down to earth , and head in the stars ... or vice versa!
Watch a documentary video of the contact with English sub-titles: http://vimeo.com/107558307
Also with French sub-titles at http://vimeo.com/107558308