- October 31: The Villages Daily Sun newspaper, published for the Villages Retirement Community in central Florida, ran an article featuring ARISS hardware team member Ed Krome. The story highlighted the ARISS program and Krome’s outstanding development work on the Multi-Voltage Power Supply, part of the ARISS Interoperable Radio System on the ISS. Krome is a snowbird in the Villages. The newspaper has 55,700 subscribers and the article is at: http://www.thevillagesdailysun.com/news/villages/villager-built-power-supply-for-space-station/article_d0aa5c2a-1b87-11eb-b95c-5b372f36d243.html
- October 16: Alan Johnston, AMSAT Educational Relations Vice President and Villanova University professor led ARISS educator Melissa Pore’s Bishop O’Connell High School Amateur Radio Club members in two October workshops. The two educators helped students, socially distanced in their Arlington, VA meeting room, in experimenting with the new ARISS Radio Pi unit and doing some testing of it. Students wearing spacesuits showed their enthusiasm for spaceflight.
- November 5: Frank Bauer, Rosalie White, and ARISS-US Education Committee lead Kathy Lamont met via Webex with a group of staff members from SCaN to discuss working together in additional ways to further enhance space science education and outreach through ARISS. Also, Bauer reported on the new ARISS Radio Kit and summarized ARISS’s initial plans for celebrating 20 years of continuous amateur radio operations aboard the ISS.
- November 8: Australian ARISS volunteer and telebridge radio station operator James Anthony (Tony) Hutchison received the prestigious Order of Australia medal at the annual investiture ceremony in Government House. Due to Covid-19, each person earning the medal gathered with a very small group of friends for each award presentation and the entire ceremony was streamed live. Recipients are named in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and Tony’s citation called out his dedicated service to amateur radio in amateur satellites and amateur radio space communication. He had supported ham radio contacts with Mir, SAREX (Shuttle Amateur Radio EXperiment) and ARISS. He’s helped 65 ARISS schools prepare for their radio contacts and utilized his ham radio telebridge station to facilitate 58 ARISS school contacts.
- November 3: Recent fires around Santa Rosa, CA, temporarily took out of service ARISS’s telebridge station at Santa Rosa Junior College that had supported years of ARISS school contacts. ARISS leader John Kludt has vetted a new volunteer and his amateur radio station to be an additional ARISS telebridge station. The ham, located in Portland, OR will provide communications for ARISS school contacts that utilize ISS passes over the West Coast.
ARISS Social Media
Facebook in October 2020
Instagram: As of October 31, 2020, Instagram followers had increased to 184.
- November 12: ARISS-US Education Committee Chair and educator Kathy Lamont is scheduled to give a talk at the online Virginia Association of Science Teachers Conference. Her presentation is titled “How to Talk with an Astronaut 250 Miles Above You.”
- November 14: SCaN, JPL, and ARISS will present at the Classroom in the Sky Virtual Event, with ARISS-US Education Committee member Melissa Pore representing ARISS.
- November 16: ARISS team member Darrell Warren will make an ARISS presentation at the Red Hill Lutheran School faculty meeting in Tustin, CA.
- November 22: ARISS Technical Mentor Charlie Sufana set up a Zoom meeting to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the first ARISS school contact ever made, which was at the Luther Burbank Elementary School in Burbank, IL. Sufana invited all students, faculty, and ARISS team members that he had contact information on, and asked them to invite other students they communicate with.
- December: Due to limitations on volunteer crew support, ARISS school contacts are delayed until early December after Crew 1 arrives at the ISS and completes orientation. Two schools, Scuola Secondaria di I grado Anna Frank in Pistoia, Italy and Tecumseh High School in Tecumseh, OK are tentatively scheduled for ARISS contacts for the first few days of December. Currently, the ARISS radio is in APRS packet mode and ham operators are interacting with the ISS through the radio.