[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Agrupamento de Escolas do Fundão, Fundão, Portugal

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Feb 20 06:11:54 UTC 2018

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Agrupamento de Escolas do Fundão, Fundão, Portugal on 21 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:38 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and CS5DBB. The contact should be audible over Portugal 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.



The school is located in Fundão, in the mainland Portugal Centre Region.  This town, of approx. 9000 inhabitants, has grown in a fertile valley between the Gardunha and Estrela mountains and is located about 252 km from Lisbon and Oporto, 200 km from Coimbra and a few kilometers from the Spanish border. This is a region especially devoted to agriculture.  There are also a few industries and services and an important university nearby. Olive oil, wine, and cheese are well-known products of this region, together with an increasing and important cherry production that puts Portugal in a pleasant place in the exportation rankings. The highest place in mainland Portugal is located in the neighborhood - the Estrela mountain (1997 mts.) - which brings an important number of visitors especially during the snow season.


In June 2012, the school has become an aggregation of several schools for students aged 3-18 which has enlarged the institution. There are 1573 students and 176 teachers. The school has a large variety of student profiles as well as families. Pupils start here the kindergarten until they complete the secondary education, which means it offers an educational project during 12 years. Besides the basic 3 cycles of studies, a wide amount of courses in the secondary education are offered. The secondary regular courses vary from Sciences and Technologies, Economics to Visual Arts and Humanities. There is also an offer of vocational courses.


Some students are taking part in the 2018 European CanSat Competition of the European Space Agency (ESA). A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can.  Last year, they also participated in the European Astro Pi Challenge which is a project by the ESA Education Office, in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, offering primary and secondary school students the amazing opportunity to run scientific investigations on the International Space Station (ISS) by means of computer coding.


The Rede dos Emissores Portugueses (REP) was founded in 1926. The REP, as national member society, represents Portugal in the IARU since 1931.  The REP headquarters is located in Lisbon, however, there are numbers of HAM radio clubs in different regions of Portugal. The REP Delegação da Beira Baixa CS5DBB is a delegation of the National Club REP and collaborates with the school in educational and technical preparations for the direct ARISS school contact and other projects.



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


1. What kind of food do you eat on the ISS?

2. What was the daily routine that took you the longest to get used to on the 


3. What do you do in case of a fire on the station?

4. How long did you take to get used to living in low gravity conditions?

5. What kind of scientific experiments can you do in space and not on Earth?

6. What's the most lifelike science fiction movie that you have ever seen?

7. In which direction do plants grow aboard the International Space Station?

8. What did you feel during the launch?

9. Do you have to wear any special type of clothes on the ISS?

10. What do you have to do if someone gets the ISS dirty by, for example, 

    puking on it?

11. What are you doing in your free time to have fun?

12. What was the hardest experience you ever had on the ISS?

13. What kind of physical and psychological preparations did you need to be 

    an astronaut?

14. What did you feel when you saw the Earth from the ISS for the first time?

15. What do you miss the most when you are staying in the ISS?





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Next planned event(s):


  1. Museum of Science & Technology - Danforth Middle School, Syracuse, NY, 

     direct via K2MST

     The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

     The scheduled astronaut is Mark Vande Hei KG5GNP

     Contact is a go for: Fri 2018-02-23 14:08 UTC


 2. School in Kursk, Russia, direct via TBD

     The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS

     The scheduled astronaut is TBD

     Contact is a go for Sat 2018-02-24 08:45 UTC

     Watch for possible time update



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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