[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with The English School, Nicosia, Cyprus

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Mon Jan 22 05:49:07 UTC 2018

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at The English School, Nicosia, Cyprus on 24 Jan. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:35 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 NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English. Watch for live stream at www.cyhams.org/ariss.html .



The English School is a co-educational day school attended by students between the ages of 11 and 19. It is situated in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus.  The medium of instruction is English and entry to the school is highly competitive.  The school was founded in 1900 and currently has around 1100 mainly Cypriot students who are a rich mixture of the many different ethnic communities on the island.  The school prides itself on its dynamic student body and strong academic tradition.  Students in the school are encouraged to become life-long learners with the ability to analyse, think critically, question, and be flexible in preparation for the challenges they will face. One of the School's strengths is its vast range of extracurricular activities and clubs which students are encouraged to join.  Currently, there are over 70 clubs and societies. The Amateur Radio Club (5B4ES), is one of these active societies. 5B4ES has been operating for 47 years, has a strong membership, and is a licensed radio amateur member.  The Amateur Radio Club, together with the Astronomy Club, has been core to the ARISS project. The English School, Nicosia is committed to the principle of equal opportunities for all and seeks to uphold the rights of every individual within the school community.  It celebrates diversity, and its ethos is one of trust, mutual respect, and understanding of each other's culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, and individual needs.



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


1. What experiment are you currently working on?

2. How is the ISS protected from impact with space debris?

3. What are the contingency plans if there is a puncture in the hull?

4. How important is the presence of amateur radio equipment on the ISS?

5. What is your main role on the ISS?

6. Do you get criticized by people who believe in conspiracy theories?

7. How much free time do you have on a mission?

8. What is the most dangerous situation you have had to deal with on the ISS?

9.  Are your dreams affected by being in space?

10. How long can the ISS maintain its orbit without a rocket boost?

11. What do you believe is the most important attribute needed to become an  


12. Do you get informed if you have a family emergency?

13. What does the ISS smell like?

14. What happens if you get sick or injured during your mission?

15. If we could send you something right now, what would it be?





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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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