- June 28: Traverse City, Michigan was the site for an ARISS contact with Nick Hague and youth at the Traverse Area District Library. He answered 16 questions. Over 100 people were in the library’s largest room, and more people in several overflow areas saw the library’s live-stream on monitors. Media coverage included two TV stations and a cable TV system, which aired the event real time. The city had set up a visit from the NASA Journey to Tomorrow Exhibit, and the exhibit staff attended the ARISS contact. Greg Johnson, former CASIS President and CEO and former NASA astronaut corps member, who now manages the Traverse City Space Accelerator, Boomerang Catapult, enthralled the youth with stories and video about his shuttle missions and a fun Q&A. The TV reporter wrote: “Eleven-year-old Adeline, eyes bright behind a pair of round wire-framed glasses, said, ‘I liked Greg Johnson talking about his astronaut days. That was pretty cool.’” The library communications manager said: The ARISS program is “…meant to create that bridge for young people—to think, ‘Maybe that’s what I want to do someday.’” The library sponsored weeks of activities including pre-taped Storytime from Space, Write like an Astronaut, Robot Arm Challenge, Astronaut Portrait, Astronomers without Borders. Astronaut Training Week certificates were awarded to those completing all activities.
- Jun 19: King Island District High School students in Currie, TAS, Australia had the time of their lives as they spoke with David St-Jacques. He answered 13 of their questions and 100 people came to listen despite bad weather. In the lead up to the radio contact ARISS received positive PR from a Tasmanian TV station, ABC Radio, and the King Island Courier newspaper. The Australian and New Zealand Echolink Network broadcasted the audio of the event and live-streamed video was provided through an ARISS telebridge station.
The Tasmania TV Nightly News story (clip begins at the 11:48 minute mark) is at:
- June 20: Students at Rowan Preparatory School (an all-girls school) at Claygate, UK, held their ARISS radio contact with Nick Hague who answered 9 of their questions as an audience of 300 enjoyed the action. A radio station covered the event, and it was live streamed by the ARISS team.
- July 3: Santa Barbara Public Library in Santa Barbara, CA hosted an ARISS contact for students with Nick Hague; they asked 15 questions before a packed gallery of 120. Streaming was on the library’s Facebook page and on the city’s web page. On hand were news reporters and the City Cable TV System, which live-streamed the contact. The library reported great support from the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club and the Hughes Amateur Radio Club. In prior months, the library sponsored a robotics camp and a space camp with hands-on engineering and technology projects, invited a NASA JPL engineer to talk about Mars, and hosted activities on ham radio including satellite contacts, circuit boards, and the ham radio tie to astronomy. More related programs are scheduled through July.
KCSB FM Radio’s interview is at:
Two news outlets’ stories are at:
- June 26-28: The 2019 Annual ARISS-International Delegates Meeting was hosted by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the ARISS-Canada team. Eleven nations were represented by 37 people attending and 9 tying in remotely. The ARISS hardware team had met a day earlier. CSA Program Manager of the Lunar Gateway Program Ken Podwalski gave a talk on CSA Gateway planning. The ARISS team discussed its ideas for participating in NASA’s Deep Space Gateway program, such as ham radio communication, equipment development, education and public outreach. During the meeting the JVC Kenwood company presented two Kenwood D710GA transceivers to ARISS-Russia; one radio will replace the aging ISS ham station and one is for training cosmonauts. Dave Honess, ESA HE Space Operations ESTEC ISS & International Education Operations Coordinator talked about ideas for enhanced ARISS education. A future SSTV session was discussed to honor the late Owen Garriott, the first astronaut to use ham radio in space. VIPs at the meeting included the president of the AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation), the president of the Canadian national ham radio organization (Radio Amateurs of Canada); a board member of the US national ham radio organization (American Radio Relay League); and the president of the Italian national ham satellite organization (AMSAT-Italia).
ARISS Facebook statistics for June:
ARISS Twitter followers at the end of June 2019 totaled 10,916, a gain of 149 or 1.4% over the end of May.
- July 11 & 16: Youth at the Aerospace School of U.N. Sultanova summer camp are scheduled for ARISS contacts with Alexey Ovchinin.
- Early August: Plans are moving forward for another ARISS-Russia SSTV downlink event.