[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Tallaght Community School, Dublin, Ireland and Raddningsgymnasiet Sando, Minerva School and the NTI Gymnasium Sundsvall

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Tue Oct 17 22:53:39 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Tallaght Community School, Dublin, Ireland and Raddningsgymnasiet Sando, Minerva School and the NTI Gymnasium Sundsvall on Oct 19. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:49 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and EI2SDR at Tallaght Community School, Dublin, Ireland and telebridge via EI2SDR and the  
Gymnasium Räddningsgymnasiet Sando, Sandöverken, Sweden. The contact should be audible over portions of Ireland 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. Watch for live stream from Tallaght Community School: 


Watch for live stream  from Gymnasium Räddningsgymnasiet Sando:  


and  https://go.twitch.tv/ntigsundsvall   (***)




Tallaght Community School is located in Dublin city in Ireland. The school was chosen for the event as it is in a disadvantaged area and the school works hard to prepare and encourage students to pursue  some form of further education. The school has 900 students aged 12 to 18 years and all will take part in the event.

All students have studied about the ISS and were given an opportunity to submit questions to be selected.


Sandö is located about 400 Km to the North of Stockholm. The participating schools are Räddningsgymnasiet Sandö, Minerva school Ånge and the NTI Gymnasium Sundsvall. Together they count 550 students ranging from ages 12 to 19. Sandö Räddningsgymnasium is close to nature and overlooks a beautiful fjord. Besides teaching science programs, the gymnasium offers courses in civil crisis management, firefighting as well as search and rescue. Students are prepared for a career as teachers, nurses, psychologist, firemen, fire engineers and policemen. Together with the Folke Bernadotte academy as well as other governmental organisations, they create an understanding of and a preparedness for international assignments. Part of the education is that the students travel around the world to learn from existing fire and rescue situations. Amateur Radio is also included in the student's graduate projects.

The NTI Gymnasium Sundsvall or the Northern Technical institute, established 1968 offers courses in digital techniques, internet technology and other forms of digital communication. The institute has about 250 students. Minerva school Ånge teaches younger students from age 12 to 15 and has of about 200 students enrolled.




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


1. What is your favourite view from the ISS?

2. Do you ever think children will be allowed to travel into space with 


3. If you had the chance would you change or add anything to the design of 

   the ISS?

4. Is this job the most challenging job you have ever done? 

5. What is the longest time you have spent on a spacewalk and what did you 


6. Does the ISS have a black box like an aircraft?

7. Who inspired you to become an astronaut?

8. Have space experiments resulted in something useful which is used on 


9. What training did you do to prepare for space walks? 

10. Have you ever encountered an anomaly that has baffled you?  

11. This is your third trip to space, did it take your body more time to 

    adjust to earth's gravity the second time you landed? 

12. What education in physics and engineering is required to become an 


13. When your mission is over what will you miss the most and least about 

    life on the ISS? 

14. Does your view of life change after seeing earth from another 


15. Can you tell us about some of the interesting experiments you are 

    conducting on the ISS?

16. Are you allowed to bring along private things like photos?

17. Is the ISS ever affected by solar radiation surges from the sun? 

18. Do you use "private" communication channels when talking with your 


19. Have you had any fun or exhilarating experiences so far on your mission?

20. How does it feel to see earth from such a distance for the first time?





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Next planned event(s):


  1. Istituto  Scolastico Comprensivo "Nardi", Porto San Giorgio, Italy and 

     I.C. Michelangelo  Buonarroti, Marina di Carrara, Italy

     direct via I6KZR and IQ5VR

     The ISS  callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS 

     The scheduled astronaut is  Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

     Contact is a go for: Sat 2017-10-21 09:31:20 UTC

     Watch for HamTV


  2. "A.Gramsci-N.Pende", Noicattaro, Italy and  Istituto Comprensivo "Tauro - 

      Viterbo", Castellana Grotte (Ba), Italy direct via  IZ7RTN 

      The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS

      The scheduled  astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

      Contact is a go for: Sat 2017-10-21  14:23:14 UTC

      Watch for  HamTV



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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