- July 10: An ARISS radio contact took place with homebound students from Don Bosco Technisch en Beroesponderwijs (technical and vocational education school) in Haacht, Belgium. Chris Cassidy supported the social-distanced Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio and answered 12 questions that highlighted 11 students, 4 educators, and 1 school administrator. The livestreamed YouTube garnered a large number of interested people—1,800 live views. Within 7 hours, another 1,600 people had viewed the action. The YouTube is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj6gkCtKAwg. The school offers STEM lessons in astrobiology, telecommunications, electronics, and physics, and sponsors a student ham radio club.
- July 10-11: ARISS educator Joanne Michael was a speaker at the 2020 Great Plains Super Launch (GPSL), held as an online event this year. She talked about the recent ARISS-supported balloon race, how her balloon fared, and her lessons plans that thousands of educators downloaded for use. GPSL is the premier North American balloon gathering for high altitude enthusiasts from around the world. Each year GPSL is held in a part of the Midwest and draws innovative hobbyists and professionals from dozens of states and as far away as England. At Joanne’s session, 60 people joined, with at least 3 being educators, 1 of whom is ready to get her students involved in balloon launches. Listeners haled from AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, ID, IL, MD, MI, MN, NE, NY, TX, and WY along with Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. In previous years on the final day of GPSL, many participants launched their own balloons and this year, they did so from home. Joanne prepared and launched a high-altitude balloon and a pico balloon from her Los Angeles area.
- July 10: An IEEE Spectrum online article featured the writer’s view on the status of the amateur radio service. The author highlighted the radio service’s tie to STEM learning and so, the importance of promoting ham radio among youth. The story featured ARISS, including ARISS volunteer and high school student Dhruv Rebba. The writer described how the youth had persuaded his teachers to write a proposal for hosting an ARISS contact and gave them ideas for types of lessons for the proposal. It was selected for a 2017 contact with Joe Acaba.
- July 17: Students from the International Aerospace School in Ufa, Russia took part in a successful ARISS contact and spoke with cosmonaut Ivan Vagner. More details are expected.
ARISS Upcoming Events
- To be determined