gaston.bertels at skynet.be
Thu Dec 17 01:37:45 PST 2009
December 14, 2009
STUDENTS AND TEACHERS INVITED TO FLY A FILE ON ARISSAT-1
3 February 2006, cosmonaut Valery Ivanovich Tokarev hand launched the
Amateur Radio satellite SuitSat-1 from the ISS during an EVA (Extra
Vehicular Activity = Spacewalk).
SuitSat-1 was a very special Amateur Radio satellite. A discarded
Russian ORLAN Space Suit (in Russian a "Skafander") was equipped with
an Amateur Radio transmitter, which transmitted telemetry and
greetings from youngsters to the youth of the world in several
In 2010, an Amateur Radio satellite will once more be hand launched
from the International Space Station. It will be called ARISSat-1.
ARISSat-1 will again transmit messages recorded by students.
Moreover, teachers and students are invited to fly a file aboard this
amateur radio satellite.
The ARISSat-1 Team wishes to include on our new satellite a memory
stick of files prepared by students. This should be a jpg or pdf of
things the student has prepared such as a paper or a study done on a
STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) topic, a drawing of
space craft or a schematic, a journal kept on a STEM topic, a story
or news article about a STEM subject, a photo of the class doing a
hands-on STEM activity -- that type of thing.
Having the student's work be a part of ARISSat-1 means the student is
a part of the satellite project and along for the spacewalk and
deployment of ARISSat-1.
Readers of this Bulletin are invited to approach teachers and
students and draw their attention on this opportunity to participate
directly to a space flight for the honor of being part of space
Dave Jordan, AA4KN, will take delivery of these files and copy them
onto a memory stick. The quantity of files and the size of a file are
unlimited since memory sticks provide for a very large amount of file
Files should be either .JPG or .PDF -- no Word documents, please.
Please send files to Dave Jordan's address -- <aa4kn at amsat.org>
He will look at all of them for content appropriate to students.
Files can be in any language as long as an English translation is
also included as a text file.
If the file contains sound recordings and/or photos or names of
persons, a "Talent Authorisation and Release" is requested. The
appropriate document can be downloaded from
The permission slip has to be signed by the student or his/her
guardian if the student is a minor.
The signed release form is to be mailed to:
850 Sligo Ave. Suite 600
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Deadline for submitting files: March 1st, 2010.
Wishing You every Happiness this Holiday Season and Throughout the
Gaston Bertels - ON4WF
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