[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Sandringham School, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Jan 6 16:27:00 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Sandringham School, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK on 08 Jan. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:47 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 direct between GB1SS and GB1SAN. The contact should be audible over portions of 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.



Sandringham School is a high performing coeducational non-selective and non-denominational secondary school, consistently graded Outstanding by Ofsted and being in the top 100 highest performing non-selective schools in England for the past 3 years.


The school is a specialist science college, arts college and leading edge provider. It is also designated as one of the first 'World Class Schools' in the country. The school operates a significant amount of community and outreach activities, is an Initial Teacher Training provider and runs a Teaching School Alliance for Hertfordshire.  Sandringham is also a "Gifted and Talented" lead school and International School, with significant international activities taking place throughout the year. The school also coordinates National Initiatives with the Education Endowment Foundation and has a significant reputation in the country for delivering outstanding comprehensive education. 


The total number of students on roll is 1300 and expanding, with children from age 11 - 19, including a very large and academic sixth form. The catchment area is local, serving the needs of St. Albans and Wheathampstead although sixth form students join the school from further away if they meet the entrance criteria. 


We have over 100 teachers in the school including specialist teachers of computing science and three female physics teachers all of whom have a specialist interest in space and astronomy. In addition, the headeacher is a very active radio amateur who is extremely supportive of this contact.




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


1.  What do you think Isaac Newton would say if he knew that the name of your 

    mission was based on his book?

2.  If you had a liquid hydrocarbon in space would the intermolecular forces 

    be strong enough to hold it in a ball of liquid?

3.  How are rapid cooling of liquid metals performed in the EML experiment?

4.  The EML is being used to study alloy structure and formation. What are 

    the benefits of using space as a scientific platform?

5.  What would happen to a helium balloon aboard the ISS?

6.  With the EXPOSE-R2 experiment, are you able to predict if any samples 

    will be able to survive outside in space?

7.  What's the most exciting thing that's happened to you so far on the ISS?

8.  With your view of earth, is there one thing which stands out visually?

9.  We hear that you are planning on driving the Mars Rover from space, how 

    does that work?

10.  Does gravity affect time and aging?

11.  If you could visit any planet in the solar system (which isn't gas), 

     which planet would you visit and why?

12.  How does your body feel when you are weightless?

13.  What did you bring with you to the ISS?

14.  Is the sun more powerful in space?

15.  Did you want to be an astronaut when you were a boy and is it like you 

     thought it would be?

16.  As you are communicating with us, do you get the chance to communicate 

     with your family?

17.  If you could send any message out into space what would it be?

18.  What do you think the hardest adjustment in coming back down to Earth 

     will be?

19.  What is the most amazing thing you have seen in space?

20.  Where do you stand on the theory of a multiverse existence and do you 

     think it is possible to find any evidence for or against this in space?








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Next planned event(s):


      1.  Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado "Benedetto Croce", Civate, Italy,  

          telebridge via VK5ZAI

          The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  NA1SS

          The scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN

          Contact is a go for: Wed  2016-01-13 11:35:44 UTC 33  deg


ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.


ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program visit the ARISS website at ariss.org. 


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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