- July 30: The ARISS radio contact with students from the American School of Rio de Janeiro (EARJ) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Chris Cassidy was a big success. At the mike of the ARISS radio station, he answered 12 questions. The youth engaged safely in the contact through an online connection to an ARISS ham radio ground station in Belgium. Over 340 other students, faculty, family members, and friends watched the livestream and by 4 days later, total views were 2,582. The YouTube is at: https://youtu.be/MSyfzEHYwrE. The teacher wrote: “We are so very grateful for this opportunity; in the middle of a global pandemic, our students contacted the ISS! Our whole community is celebrating; we needed this. We will build a greater emphasis on space science in our curriculum. We are all inspired.” Another hope is to set up a school ham station and tie it to lessons in geography, languages, math, and chemistry. Students attending the school come from 30 nations with a 70/30 mix of local to non-local kids.
- July 24: An article about ARISS volunteer Kerry Banke appeared in the La Mesa Courier, an online publication based out of San Diego. The item titled, “Space Radio – La Mesan Develops Device for the ISS,” featured Banke’s career as an R&D engineer, his interest in ham radio microwave operations, and what he’s particularly enjoyed doing since retirement. That is when he became an ARISS Mentor, introducing area schools to ARISS. Then in 2015, he switched his volunteer time to helping design and develop the ARISS InterOperable Radio System (IORS), and did the vast majority of the work on the Multi-Voltage Power Supply. The IORS, launched to the ISS on SpaceX-20, is now in the Harmony Module awaiting set up and installation in Columbus. The article is at: https://lamesacourier.com/space-radio/
- July 30: The August issue of CQ DL, the journal published by Germany’s national amateur radio society, Deutscher Amateur Radio Club, ran an item about the 2020 ARISS-International Annual Meeting. The story described the meeting being held by necessity via GoToMeeting and listed some discussion topics including current operations and projects such as ARISS SSTV educational sessions, the new ARISS equipment awaiting set up on the ISS, and future ARISS projects. The article also featured the new ESA Education videos about ARISS.
- July 26: A seasoned ARISS volunteer, Shane Lynd of Glenden in Queensland, Australia has a new weekend home in the coastal town of Mackay and recently set up a second ARISS telebridge station there. His new ham radio station has been tested and is now fully operational. Eager to ensure that ARISS contacts are well-supported during the Covid crisis, he will operate his second station on weekends when needed.
ARISS Upcoming Events
- August: Students from Greenwood Primary School in Greenwood, Western Australia, Australia have a list of choices to prioritize for an ARISS contact with Chris Cassidy.