[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Wellesley House School, Broadstairs, Kent, UK

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Apr 20 16:21:24 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Wellesley House School, Broadstairs, Kent, UK on 23 Apr. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:10 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between GB1SS and GB1WHS. The contact should be audible over 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.



Wellesley House is a prep school with approx. 140 pupils. Our aim is to open up a world of opportunity for girls and boys aged from 7 to 13. We are primarily a boarding school with about one third day pupils. Our catchment is vast, with international pupils as well as pupils from across the South East.


Our ethos is that success follows success, whether in or outside the classroom, and occurs naturally in pupils who are happy and motivated. All pupils are encouraged to push themselves and made to feel secure enough to take risks.


The school provided Space outreach for local schools in October 2014 following Science teacher Kerry Sabin-Dawson's attendance at the ESERO-UK Space conference - the Primary Frontier in July 2014 in York. Inspired by the initiatives and resources available she held a Space training session for local primary teachers to encourage them to bring space education into the classroom.


Fourteen local schools attended and it was a great success. There was a representative from the Royal Greenwich Observatory, an education liaison officer from the local company Pfizer Ltd, Canterbury STEM ambassador Becky Vincer and John Hislop of the Monkton Stargazers, a local astronomy group. The organiser of the theatre group Spacefund explained how she had written the Team Tim show with the cooperation of Tim Peake, which was promptly booked by some of the schools.




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


1.   Today is International Marconi Day; how do you think Marconi would feel 

     about this radio communication?

2.   From space, what evidence can you see that humans are having a negative 

     impact upon planet Earth?

3.   We are planting seeds brought back by the Russian cosmonauts at 

     Ursuline. How do you think they will grow?

4.   What happens to a compass in Space?

5.   It is 400 years today since Shakespeare died. Which Shakespearean quote       

     do you think best describes your mission?

6.   What is the biggest lesson you have learned whilst being in Space? 


7.   How do you think being in space has changed you? (River)

8.   Do bacteria multiply at the same rate in a low gravity environment?  


9.   What do you need to do to acclimatize back to the Earth's gravity on 

     your return? (Garlinge)

10.   Did you ever dream about becoming an astronaut when you were a child?  

      (St L Junior Acad)

11.   What space exploration do you think we will be doing in 200 years?   


12.   Have you played any jokes on your colleagues on the ISS? Scarlett

13.   What is the first thing you are going to do when you get home? (St 


14.   What was your spacewalk like? Elsie Meades (St Mildreds)

15.   What's your favourite experiment to conduct, and why? (Bromstone)

16.   What do you do if there is a fire on the ISS?

17.   Have you ever seen any other objects go past you in space such as 

      comets or asteroids? (St George's C of E)

18.   Will you be visiting schools when you return to Earth? And will you 

      please visit Wellesley House? (again)

19.   How is time different in space?

20.   Do you get a proxy vote if you are in space?






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Next planned event(s):


      1.  The Derby High  School, Bury, UK, direct via GB1DHS

          The ISS callsign is presently scheduled  to be GB1SS

          The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

          Contact is a  go for: Mon 2016-04-25 12:02:27 UTC 



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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), and the 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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