ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at New Heights School & Learning Services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
November 14, 2023—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and students at the New Heights School & Learning Services in Calgary, CAN. ARISS conducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses aboard the ISS.
New Heights School is a private school for autistic and neurodivergent students, serving 123 students, grade levels ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The school has small class sizes of 10 or 11 students with about two teaching staff in each class and therapists throughout the school. Leading up to this ARISS contact the school has involved all students in a “Life in Space” themed science month. Each classroom focused on one unique project, which integrated subjects that included; Sky Science, Space Exploration, and Electromagnetic Energy. Students were able to demonstrate their learning through research projects, creating posters, creating websites, creative writing activities and public speaking.
This will be a telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Andreas Mogensen, amateur radio call sign KG5GCZ. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz and may be heard by listeners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the telebridge station.
The ARISS amateur radio ground station (telebridge station) for this contact is in Casale Monferrato, Italy. The amateur radio volunteer team at the station will use the callsign IK1SLD, to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for November 17, 2023 at 10:06:45 am MST (Alberta, CAN) (17:06:45 UTC, 12:06 pm EST, 11:06 am CST, 9:06 am PST).
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: Watch for possible Livestream www.ariotti.com starting 15min before AOS.
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What was it like exiting Earth and boarding the ISS?
2. How do you sleep?
3. What is the scariest thing that has happened in space?
4. When was the last time you were on Earth?
5. What kind of food do you eat in space?
6. What kind of experiments do you perform?
7. What is the strangest thing you have seen in space?
8. How do you go outside of the ISS without floating away?
9. How much power does the ISS use every day?
10. What is the longest spacewalk you have done?
11. Has any space junk threatened the structural state of the ISS?
12. How do you dispose of garbage on the ISS?
13. Do you exercise?
14. How old do you have to be to go to space?
15. Can you watch videos or play online games on the ISS, or can you only enjoy board games while on board?