- September 26: ARISS-International Vice Chair Oliver Amend gave a presentation at the AMSAT-DL 2020 Symposium; the talk was to update listeners on ARISS and ARISS AREx (Lunar Gateway) activities. AMSAT-DL is the national AMSAT society in Germany. This year’s symposium activity was via Zoom and YouTube video. Audio-only was also available thanks to WiFi and the OSCAR Q-100 satellite. Listeners were from many countries, so most of the lectures were given in English with charts shown in Deutsch and English. Live views of Amend’s presentation totaled 250 and live audio was heard by 500. Within 30 hours, the YouTube was viewed by 2,844 people.
- September 22: ARISS-US Education Committee member Joanne Michael presented a talk to a virtual audience attending a 2020 ISS R&D Conference panel session. Her talk was titled, "Using Amateur Radio on the International Space Station to Invoke Curiosity in Elementary Students.” She described the ARISS program and its unique way of inspiring students to pursue STEM-focused careers by giving them the opportunity to engage in a ham radio Q&A session with an ISS crew member. She discussed the ARISS-sponsored mid-altitude balloon race and online lessons on how to use the internet to track balloons carrying ham radio pico transmitters that transmit data. Michael’s session was watched by 91 viewers and 13 panelists. She has been a K-5 Science/STEM coach in several California school districts and hosted an ARISS school contact for her students in 2017.
- September 2: ARISS educator Neil Rapp spoke via Zoom to 33 members of the Orlando Radio Club (FL) with 53 club members viewing the video afterwards. Topics discussed were youth in ham radio and their ARISS activities, both in schools and at the Youth On The Air summer camp.
ARISS Upcoming Events
- September 28: ARISS-Russia scheduled an ARISS contact to be supported by Anatoli Ivanishin for students of Amur State University in Blagoveshchensk, Russia. Details should be known soon.
- A September 29th ARISS contact for four schools sponsored by the Turkish State Meteorological Service in Ankara, Turkey with Chris Cassidy will be re-scheduled due to the crew isolating for ISS leak tests.
- October 10: A former student of ARISS educator Martha Muir will present at a video poster session of the 17th Annual AIAA Orange County Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASAT). The young lady's presentation is titled “ARISS From the Student Point of View."
- September 30 – October1: A Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event was scheduled using the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI-75) experiment on board the ISS.
- October 7: Chris Cassidy will speak with students from McConnell Middle School in Loganville, GA during an ARISS Multi-Point Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio.
- October 9: Students near Piatra Neamt, Romania who have been taking part in RO-SAT One projects supported by the area’s National College of Computer Science will speak with Chris Cassidy during an ARISS contact.