[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Beenleigh State High School, Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia

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Sun Sep 10 03:36:08 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Beenleigh State High School, Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia

on 11 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:58 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 K6DUE. The contact should be audible over the east coast of the U.S 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.



Beenleigh State High School is located about 30 km south of Brisbane on the east coast of Australia and provides a broad-based education for local students. The school has a proud record of academic achievement in science, technology, coding and mathematics, and offers students the opportunity to complete university subjects in science.  Beenleigh State High School runs specialized programs in Music, Agricultural Science and Rugby League based around our motto of Semper Altiora (Aim Higher). School facilities include a new eLearning centre, state-of-the-art science laboratories, purpose-built trade training centre (hospitality kitchen), modern special education unit and a fully operational farm. 

The school draws students from a diverse range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. As such, diversity is valued and celebrated at Beenleigh State High School. Our school population has: 12% Indigenous students, 20% Polynesian students and 5% students for whom English is a second language. The school has a very active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unit called "Mibunn Jinndi" meaning Eagle's Nest and also a strong culture group; both the groups participate in performances throughout the school year and in the community. 

Our school is located close to the Gold Coast Space Flight Academy located at Pimpama and our nomination for ARISS was facilitated by this growing Aerospace business.  



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


1. Living in low gravity can cause your muscles to deteriorate, so how do you    

   keep fit to ensure you are still able to return to Earth's gravity without 


2. What are the future goals of the International Space Station? 

3. What's your opinion on the settlement of Mars? Would you ever sign up for 

   the colonization of Mars? 

4. What kind of jobs involving Biology is there in the space industry?  

5. What has been the most challenging experiment you have attempted so far? 

6. How has your understanding of the universe changed since seeing the Earth 

   from space? 

7. What are your thoughts on other life forms existing on another planet or 

   in another galaxy?

8. Will your blood flow or internal organs be affected by the low gravity on 

   the ISS? 

9. NASA has been working on a supersonic parachute which worked successfully 

   when it went to Mars previously. NASA is still trying to make a bigger, 

   better and stronger supersonic parachute that will go to Mars    with 

   astronauts. So my question is what type of material will be used to do 


10. Do your energy requirements change in space? E.g. do you have to eat more 

    or less food?

11. What kind of training do you do before you go to space?

12. How have you adapted to life on the International Space Station and how 

    do you think you will adapt back to life on Earth?

13. How did you become an astronaut?





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Next planned event(s):

   1. Boston Red Sox Outreach to School Groups, Boston, MA, telebridge via 

      W6SRJ. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

      The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA 

      Contact is a go  for: Thu 2017-09-14 15:03 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), 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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