[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Norwich Schools, Norwich/East Anglia, UK

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Feb 24 15:22:02 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Norwich Schools, Norwich/East Anglia, UK on 26 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:43 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between GB1SS and GB2CNS. 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.



This contact is a collaborative project between three schools in Norfolk and their local university, UEA. Norwich School employ an Ogden Trust Teaching Fellow whose job is 50% dedicated to Physics outreach and she has led the project. City of Norwich School (CNS) are hosting the link up. Reepham High School has an observatory on site and are hosting a 'spot the station' event. 36 schools have signed up to be a part of all we have planned and have each received an age-appropriate radio kit for use in lessons and clubs funded by RCUK through the UEA. This map shows the geographical diversity of the schools involved. We expect 21 of these schools to be able to bring students on the day of the link up.



1.   What do you do if you cut yourself really badly in space?

2.   Are there any protocols or guidance in place if George Clooney comes 

     knocking on the front door as he did in the film Gravity?

3.   What experiment would you like to add to the program based on the 

     experiences you have had?

4.   Do you notice that you are missing natural sunlight and fresh air and in 

     what ways is this affecting you?

5.   How do you get changed in space, won't your clothes go everywhere?

6.   One of the experiments you are conducting in space is to measure fluid 

     shifts in the body, how does this help us back on Earth?

7.   Do you think there will be a jump in the design of spacecraft as many 

     are now old?

8.   How different was the training compared to actually going into space?

9.   Do you think the experiments carried out in space will increase in 

     number as the technology improves or will there be technology to 

     recreate this environment on Earth?

10.   Which materials being developed with the electromagnetic levitator will 

      have the largest impact on the development of greener living?

11.   Since being in space have your dreams been different to those on earth?

12.   If everyone in Britain turned their lights on and off at the same time, 

      would you see it?

13.   Which part of the Earth do you like orbiting over the most and why?

14.   I understand that you experience sunrise and sunset sixteen times a day 

      on board the ISS, are you aware of it and does it affect your body 


15.   Do you feel insignificant up in space because perhaps there may be life 

      beyond our planet? 

16.   Is there a song or a piece of art that you think reproduces the feeling 

      of being in a non-gravity zone, if so which one?

17.   Do you play any anti-gravity sport up in space?

18.   If you could live on or explore any planet, which would it be and why?

19.   If you were allowed to change one feature of a planet, which one would 

      it be and why?

20.   As a plane ascends in the atmosphere, we are told to blow our noses or 

      swallow to minimise pain. How do you deal with this with the g-force 

      you experience in the rocket?




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Next planned event(s):


    1.   About Gagarin from space.Of sessions with pupils of amateur radio                  


          collective radio station "Rainbow" and students of South Ural State  

          University, Chelyabinsk, Russia, direct via R8AM 

          The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be RSØISS 

          The scheduled astronaut is Sergey  Volkov RU3DIS 

          Contact was successful:  2016-02-22 10:20 UTC  


    2.   About Gagarin FROM SPACE Of sessions amateur radio MEMBERS   


         Federation and school Saint-Petersburg, direct via RA1AJN 

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS

         The  scheduled astronaut is Sergey Volkov RU3DIS 

         Contact was  successful:  2016-02-20 11:58 UTC 


    3.   Gesamtschule Leverkusen Schlebusch, Leverkusen,  Germany, direct via 


         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  OR4ISS

         The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI 

         Contact is a go  for: Mon 2016-02-29 12:05:58 UTC 


    4.   National Urban Alliance for  Effective Education (NUA), Syosset, New 


         telebridge VK5ZAI

         The ISS  callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is Tim  Kopra KE5UDN

         Contact is a go for: Tue 2016-03-01 16:45:18 UTC   


    5.   Powys Secondary Schools, Mid Wales, UK, direct via GB4PCS

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is  Timothy Peake KG5BVI

         Contact is a go for: Sat 2016-03-05 10:55:19 UTC 



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), 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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