[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Space Jam 10, Rantoul IL

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Thu Aug 4 21:53:42 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Space Jam 10, Rantoul IL on 06 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:59 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



Greetings from the participants and volunteers of Space Jam 10 in Rantoul, Illinois. Though primarily a weekend Scouting and STEM education event, we are open to all interested youth. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from 27 states have come together in an educational and fun format to learn life skills that will prepare them for the increasingly complex future. We are adding Art to STEM this year making STEAM. While it is well known that Scouting teaches pioneering skills like camping and wilderness survival, the new pioneers and wilderness are in outer space and we are working hard at 44 technology oriented Merit Badges and activities, plus some fun things like the Duct Tape Merit Badge. Talking to the astronauts on the ISS is an unforgettable part of the experience at Space Jam and that's next on our list. We will not know for many years whether one of these youths becomes an astronaut themselves but it is certain that they are all part of tomorrow's leaders. 



Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows: 


1. How do you train to sleep in space?

2. What type of engine propulsion will we use to go to Mars?

3. Could we drop containers to the Mars surface but leave the engine in    


4. Would a steam powered train whistle work in space?

5. How long did you train for this mission?

6. Could cables be stretched to an EARTH orbiting station & used as tracks to reach orbit?

7. Could cables be stretched to a MARS orbiting station & used as tracks to reach orbit?

8. If a ship left Mars, traveling 17,500 mph, what is the shortest time it could take to reach Earth? 

9. What activity do you look forward to the most when you wake up on the ISS? 

10. Will you be training for future missions?

11. What is your favorite food on the space station?

12. How many bits of space junk does NASA track & how can we reduce the problem?

13. Are there earth-bound disabilities that might be irrelevant in space weightlessness?

14. Is there art on the walls of the ISS or do you see examples of the Arts in space?

15. If we found cave art on Mars what do you imagine it would depict?

16. Are there any musical instruments on the ISS? 

17. Every discipline can be an art; from the people who sew the stitches on a space suit to a computer programmer, aren't we all artists when we do our best? 

18. The theme for SJ 10 is the Arts; should STEM education be changed to STEAM? 

19. What music do you listen to on the ISS? 

20. What is your favorite form of art? 

21. How is the espresso machine working?

22. What fresh foods do you most look forward to on delivery day?

23. When will we first set foot on Mars?

24. When will we go back to the Moon?   







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Next planned event(s):


    1. OK2KJT Radioclub, Valasska Polanka,  Czech Republic, direct via OK2KET

        The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to  be OR4ISS

        The scheduled astronaut is Takuya Onishi KF5LKS

        Contact is  a go for: Wed 2016-08-10 18:56:17 UTC


   2. U.S. Space &  Rocket Center, Huntsville AL, telebridge via VK4KHZ

       The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be NA1SS 

       The scheduled astronaut is Kate Rubins  KG5FYJ

       Contact is a go for: Thu 2016-08-11 15:25:44 UTC   




About ARISS: 

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN


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