ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Davis Aerospace Technical High School, Detroit, Michigan, USA
October 16, 2022—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 Davis Aerospace Technical High School located in Detroit, MI. 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.
Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Davis Aerospace Technical High School (Davis HS), founded in 1943, is named in honor of Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the first African American General in the United States Air Force. All Davis HS students in grades 9th through 12th are enrolled in the school’s aviation/aerospace classes, which are designed to prepare them to enter the fields of both aviation and aerospace. The school’s curriculum includes a flight training program allowing students to learn a variety of concepts and regulations related to unmanned and manned flight. Students also can take preparation classes for remote pilot’s certificate and train on state-of-the-art flight simulators, and can participate in a newly re-established Aircraft Maintenance CTE program where they work on aircraft at Colman A. Young City Airport. Located within the Golightly Career and Technical Center, Davis HS’s alumni includes pilots, drone operators, aircraft mechanics, engineers, and others in various high-tech professions. Members of the Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club (W8HP) are supporting the school for this ARISS contact by providing equipment setup assistance and ham radio instruction to students in the school’s newly formed (2021) amateur radio club. Students active in the school’s ham club will be working on their amateur radio FCC license using text books provided by ARRL Great Lakes Division member Dale Williams, WA8EFK.
This will be a direct contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Koichi Wakata, amateur radio call sign KI5TMN. Local Covid-19 protocols are adhered to as applicable for each ARISS contact. 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 relay ground station.
The amateur radio ground station for this contact is in Detroit, MI. Amateur radio operators using call sign W8HP, will operate the ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for October 18, 2022 at 1:30 pm EDT (Detroit) (17:30 UTC, 12:30 pm CDT, 11:30 am MDT, 10:30 am PDT).
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://youtu.be/Vk_FxTmIek8
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. How much does the ISS orbit decay over time before a correction is required?
2. What are you learning about lightning as a result of the experiments aboard the ISS?
3. How do you scrub the air of ISS of toxins, odors, germs and other contaminates?
4. What does it feel like when you take off in the Rocket?
5. How long will the ISS batteries last without a charge?
6. How much does a space station weigh (on earth) and how large is the space station?
7. Does the ISS use the sun’s radiation for temperature control?
8. How much weight can the space station hold and how long can you stay in space until the oxygen runs out, or do you make your own oxygen?
9. If the batteries are part of the primary power source what is the emergency back-up power supply? How are they powered?
10. Do the solar cells track the sun or does the ISS track the sun to ensure maximum solar cell efficiency?
11. If there is an unexpected decompression of the ISS how do you repair and pressurize the ISS?
12. Are your transmitting antennas stabilized in order to maintain the best quality contact?
13. The Solar Cells produce DC Power. What type of power does the equipment on the ISS operate on?
14. How do you protect equipment and Astronauts from radiation?
15. How do you like the new Radio compared to the old radio?