[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with UAH Space Hardware Club, Huntsville, Alabama

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Feb 16 21:41:30 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at UAH Space Hardware Club, Huntsville, Alabama on Feb 19 The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:20 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and K4UAH. The contact should be audible over the state of Alabama 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 Space Hardware Club at the University of Alabama in Huntsville is an engineering club of students that builds balloon payloads, satellites and rockets outside of their regular classes. The club has been working on this contact for over a year. After deciding to focus on 8th grade students, we reached out to Discovery Middle School, Westlawn Middle School, and the Tennessee Valley Homeschool 4-H group - all from the northern Alabama area. The students from Westlawn have been part of Project Lead The Way for 2 years now and have been exposed to robotics, modeling, and 3d printing. The students from the homeschool group all have a passion for STEM, a love of learning and being challenged, and are bubbling with excitement for this opportunity of a lifetime. There are two STEM II classes from Discovery Middle School that routinely rise to the expectations of their accelerated STEM focused curriculum. By the time of the contact, the students will have learned about the ISS, the astronauts and some of the experiments aboard, and amateur radio.  All of the students and club members involved are passionate about this opportunity, and thank you for your time.




1. What is your favorite experiment that you've done in space?

2.  What would you want to add to the ISS?

3.  What is your favorite thing about living in space?

4.  If someone wants to be an astronaut when they grow up, what should they be doing now as a kid to prepare?

5.  Was it hard to adjust to zero gravity?

6.  What everyday task on Earth is the hardest in space?

7.  Did you put any ranch on the lettuce grown in space?

8.  What do the stars look like from up in space?

9.  What happens in a case of an emergency?

10.  What is your sleep schedule?

11.  What do astronauts do for fun on the ISS?

12.  Do you ever feel lonely?

13.  When you get back on earth, do you feel different?

14.  Do you have trouble telling whether it is night or day?

15.  Why did you choose to go to space?

16.  Do you feel like your background helped you to become an astronaut?

17.  Does micogravity make your body tired or sick?

18.  What is the hardest thing about being away from earth for so long?






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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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