Dave Jordan, AA4KN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARISS Contact for Students at The School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences, Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program 2021, Mawson Lakes, SA, Australia
April 4, 2021—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts. ARISS is the group that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on the International Space Station (ISS).
This will be a telebridge contact via amateur radio and students will take turns asking their questions of Astronaut Shannon Walker, amateur radio call sign KD5DXB. English is the language that will be used for this contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz.
The ARISS team in Casale Monferrato, Italy will use call sign IK1SLD to serve as the ARISS relay amateur radio ground station.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for April 6, 2021 at 8:57 pm ACST (Salisbury), (11:27 UTC, 7:27 am EDT, 6:27 am CDT, 5:27 am MDT and, 4:27 am PDT).
The School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences, Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program is a large (765 students) R-7 primary school located in a Mawson Lakes suburb in the City of Salisbury. The school’s Space Studies Program is jointly organized by the International Space University and the University of South Australia. It is a unique, five-week live-in experience focusing on an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary educational philosophy. In addition, the school’s STEM program (including the Advanced Technology Program) incorporates space-related studies that include their ISS-astronaut project, offering students a chance to understand how the ISS functions, how astronauts live and work in space, and student activities that investigate small satellites using the CubeSat classroom kit through HEPTA (Hands-on Education Program for Technical Advancement). HEPTA is a hands-on study with intensive practical lessons of small satellite design and engineering. The hands-on activity focuses on establishing the knowledge of systems engineering by going through the whole process of system integration.
The public is invited to watch the live stream https://tinyurl.com/6APR-isslinkup2021
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What do you do to entertain yourself in such a small space for a long time with so few people?
2. Do you have travel sickness or feel suffocated while you are in there?
3. How do you protect against radiation on the ISS?
4. Have you seen any suspicious activity (like extraterrestrial creatures)?
5. Are there any health risks when you are in outer space?
6. How long do you think that it would take to discover another universe?
7. Does space debris affect the ISS?
8. When Is space radiation more harmful to astronauts?
9. Is the possibility of a fire on the ISS more terrifying when you are on the ISS or when you are training and preparing to be on the ISS.
10. How long can the present International Space Station (ISS) be used for?
11. What are the benefits of exercising in space?
12. What is your workout routine?
13. How does it smell in there?
14. What does it feel like in microgravity, especially when brushing teeth or hair or even having a shower?
15. What inspired you to be an astronaut?
16. Can you tell us some more information about the ISS?
17. Does warp speed exist?
18. What simple tasks on Earth requires the most work in space – and what, other than floating, can be done easily in space but is difficult on Earth.
19. While in the ISS if someone gets sick, will normal earth medicine work in micro gravity?
20. Have you done any Covid-19 related research on ISS?
21. Can we see the far side of the Moon from ISS? Or will we be able to see it from the new planned station orbiting near the moon?
22. How do you get rid of the smell in the space station
23. How serious is the problem of space debris and what is being done about it?