[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Higher National School of Computer Science and Systems Analysis (ENSIAS)

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Fri Dec 29 22:32:57 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Higher National School of Computer Science and Systems  Analysis (ENSIAS) on 03 Jan. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 13:52 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 a telebridge between NA1SS and VK5ZAI. The contact should be audible over portions of Australia 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.



ENSIAS or National Higher School of Information Technology is Morocco's flagship engineering school specialized in information technology which is celebrating its 25th anniversary during this academic year. ENSIAS is part of King Mohammed V University and offers 6 engineering programs focusing on

Software Engineering, Embedded Systems, Business Intelligence, Cyber-security, Supply Chain and Logistics Management, networks and Artificial Intelligence. There are also other 4 Masters programs offered covering Big Data and Data Science, Internet of Things, Embedded Systems for Automotive

Industry and Financial Engineering and Risk Management. The number of students in all these programs together is about 1200. ENSIAS offers also a very strong PhD program with more than 350 students developing research projects covering all the fields mentioned above. ENSIAS Valley is the star tup and enterprise space that was launched during the last few months to

promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the school. There are already few companies and start-ups in the fields of mobile Apps and software engineering, IoT, AI and driverless cars.


ENSIAS has a relatively strong exchange and cooperation programs with many universities and colleges in Europe, Canada and USA.


ENSIAS is very proud to be selected for the ARISS program and its students are looking forwards to the live contact with ISS astronaut.



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


1. Apart from exploring it, what could humanity possibly win from getting 

   into space?

2. What impact has space research in the biomedical field?

3. In weightlessness, fluids shift upward, forming kidney stones and 

   shrinking heart. How do you prevent yourselves from similar dangers?

4. How many hours do you spend on research?

5. What are the artificial intelligence applications used in space missions 


6. What advice would you give to someone aspiring to be astronaut?

7. What is your opinion on the Arecibo message?

8. What is your take on the fermi paradox?

9. Elon Musk revealed that he is willing to colonize mars, what do you think 

   about it?

10. What upcoming ISS missions are you excited about?

11. We all know that Space junk is becoming a real problem. Can you tell us a 

    bit about some technologies that can be used to get these objects under 

    control; the possibilities of controlling the speed and path of these      


12. What kinds of tests do you run on Earth before going on a space mission?

13. How long does it take to get used to zero gravity in missions since it 

    differs from training?

14. Have you noticed any effects on your body from weightlessness?

15. What are side effects that an astronaut can suffer from being too long in 


16. How long and what kind of missions do you have on the ISS?

17. Is there a risk of the ISS being hit by a meteorite?

18. With all those movies about meteorites, do we have a defensive system 

    that can protect us from them?

19. Were there any natural disasters that were monitored and controlled from 


20. What is the reason behind the spacesuit white color?






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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), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  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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