[amsat-bb] Fwd: [ARISS-ops] ARISS News Release no. 16-09

Daniel Cussen dan at post.com
Fri Oct 21 07:54:27 UTC 2016


no. 16-09

October 20, 2016
David Jordan, AA4KN
aa4kn at amsat.org

Current Amateur Radio Status on board the International Space Station (ISS)

The VHF handheld radio model that has been used by the ARISS program
to connect students worldwide with astronauts on board the
International Space Station (ISS) for over 16 years has given an error
message and is unusable at this time. While the ARISS technical team
evaluates the best path to restore operation from the Columbus module,
ARISS contacts will be supported using the Kenwood radio in the
Russian Service Module.  During this period, the packet digipeater
will be unavailable.

Switching to the 70 cm radio capability on board the Columbus module
for some operations is being coordinated. Expect further updates as we
work to resolve this problem.

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.

Also, join us on Facebook:  Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) / Follow us on Twitter:  ARISS_status


David Jordan, AA4KN

ARISS PR , aa4kn at amsat.org

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