[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bristol, UK

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Feb 17 15:28:35 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bristol, UK on 19 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:23 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between GB1SS and GB1OAB. The contact should be audible over portions of the UK 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.



Oasis Academy Brightstowe is an independent Academy for 11 - 16 year olds, located in Shirehampton, North Bristol. We opened in September 2008 in the state-of-the-art buildings of the former Portway School. Our facilities here are second to none, with an on-site restaurant, great sports facilities and a well-stocked Library. 

Oasis Academy Brightstowe was given £1.8 million to develop a 21st century ICT capability, so students here have access to the very latest technology; including a fully equipped Library, access to Wi-Fi throughout the school, and a Virtual Learning Environment, designed to give students access to online learning provision.

The Academy has one of the highest computer-per-student ratios of any school in the area (better than one between two students) and we encourage students to be competent with the use of computers and the internet in their lessons.

The new technology is embraced by both staff and students and forms a key part of lesson planning and delivery. Interactive whiteboards are a feature of every classroom and teachers can instantly turn any workspace into an ICT suite using one of our eight portable laptop trolleys.



1.  From my research, I have found out that you are taking part in 265  

    experiments. Which one is the most important for us here on Earth?

2.  In your opinion, will unmanned missions ever be equal to manned ones?

3.  In a microgravity environment, can dust, debris and liquids cause a 

    danger, and if so how do you deal with it?

4.  My aim is to be the first female Afghan astronaut. What would be the one 

    most important piece of advice that you have for me?

5.  Were you told what experiments you had to do, or did you get to choose?

6.  How many days supplies do you have on board should a resupply mission not 

    arrive as scheduled?

7.  How did you build the confidence to go into space?

8.  Why should we continue to fund expensive space missions when we have more 

    pressing problems on Earth?

9.  If the world's leaders could see the earth from your current perspective, 

    do you think there would be a better consensus to sort out the problems   

    of the world?

10.  Did anything in your previous career or experiences, prepare you for 


11.  Why did you want to become an astronaut?

12.  When you push on the wall of the space station behind you to move 

     forward, does the space station move backwards due to the principle of 

     conservation of momentum?

13.  What do you think of NASA's planned one way Mars mission, and would you 

     go if given the opportunity?

14.  Can you feel the ISS shake or wobble?

15.  Being in a microgravity environment causes a decrease in muscle mass and 

     bone density. Other than exercise, what measures are you taking to 

     protect your health?

16.  Considering that in space you are weightless and time has a different 

     value, do you age at a different rate?

17.  Astronauts go through such lengthy and intensive training for their 

     journeys. Was there anything that you were not prepared for?

18.  How are your experiments helping to save our Earth?

19.  What do you miss about being on earth?

20.  Other than the earth, can you tweet a picture of your favourite sight in 







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Next planned event(s):


      1. UAH Space Hardware Club, Huntsville, Alabama,  direct via K4UAH 

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

         The  scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN

         Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-02-19  17:20 UTC 


      2. Istituto Sobrero, Casale Monferrato, Italy,  direct via IK1SLD 

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  OR4ISS

         The scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN

         Contact is a go for:  Thu 2016-02-25 09:10 UTC 


      3. Norwich Schools,  Norwich/East Anglia, UK, direct via GB2CNS

         The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be GB1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake  KG5BVI

         Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-02-26 14:43 UTC



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Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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