- Feb 2: Youth at the Colégio Campo de Flores in Almada, Portugal watched as 20 of their fellow students engaged with David St-Jacques during their ARISS radio contact. The school’s robotics club recently constructed a weather station. The school’s ham radio club built a satellite tracking station and were involved with Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in building a CubeSat. The ARISS contact was also listened to by a forum audience at the Free Open Source Developers Meeting attended by several thousand in Brussels, Belgium. Ham operators had brought radio hardware and software for their booth.
- Feb 4: Kantonsschule Musegg in Luzern, Switzerland is a school featuring a variety of STEAM classes for 480 students. David St-Jacques spoke to a group of them and answered 16 of their questions while a crowd of 650 people listened. Media on hand included TV station Tele 1, radio station SRF Regional, and the newspaper Luzerner Zeitung.
- Jan 28: ARISS and North Fulton Amateur Radio League volunteers sponsored a kit-building booth at the annual Techfest in Lawrenceville, GA. Techfest, for ham radio operators and the general public, had 306 attendees who learned about STEM and many facets of ham radio. ARISS volunteers engaged adults and youth in talks about ham satellites, a ham radio robotics program, and ARISS, and one teacher soaked up details about how to submit an ARISS proposal. Seventeen youth delighted in building Winky Blinkys with a little help.
- Jan 27: A young lady (Erynn Dernelley) who took part in a 2017 ARISS contact and graduated from Beenleigh State High School in Brisbane, Australia was featured in the Courier Mail newspaper for being awarded the number one rank (OP1) over all Queensland students in Australia’s “Authority Subjects.” She is employed at the rocket company Gilmour Space Technologies, and because of the award, will be able to study for a BS in physics degree at the same time.
- Jan 17: ARISS volunteer Shane Lynd received two awards from the mayor, the Issac Regional Council, and the Glenden State School community at Australia Day in Glenden, Australia for his 2018 ARISS work. Shane said “I did not fully realise the positive impact the ARISS contact had. I heard we were nominated for an award but didn't think we would win, let alone the prestigious Mayor's Award for community service. We also received the Culture Medallion 2019. I was pleased the primary focus of the whole ceremony was on ARISS. The awards would not have been possible without the international ARISS team.” At the ceremony, council members spoke of ARISS delivering quality educational outcomes through training for students in rural and remote areas such as Glenden.
- Jan 30: Frank Bauer was a guest on the Ham Talk Live! weekly online podcast. He spoke about ARISS’s new radio system to be launched to the ISS, the upcoming series of SSTV images to be transmitted, and future ARISS plans.
ARISS Social Media - January 2019
ARISS Facebook Page Report
- ARISS Twitter followers at the end of January totaled 9,940, a gain of 1.7% over the end of December.
- Feb 14: An ARISS radio contact is planned for Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, FL with David St-Jacques.
- Feb 8-10: An ARISS SSTV event highlighting the NASA On The Air commemoration as well as ARISS historical achievements has been scheduled by ARISS-Russia. Images will be transmitted from the ISS for people around the world to downlink. Details are at www ariss.org.