[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Peninsula Grammar, Melbourne, Australia

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Jun 12 02:26:01 UTC 2019

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Peninsula Grammar, Melbourne, Australia on 13 June. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:10 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 VK4KHZ. 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.



Peninsula Grammar is a day and boarding school for approximately 1400 students from three-year-old Kindergarten to Year 12. At Peninsula Grammar we see learning not just as a path to university and a career, but also as a path to wellbeing. The books we read, the science we absorb, the languages we learn, the artistic, sporting and musical skills we acquire are the tools that enable us to fulfil our potential.




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


1. Although you are in quarantine before going to space, if someone was to 

   get sick or injured in space, is there always a qualified first aid person 

   when it happens?

2. How long will it take to recover and will you miss the space station when 

   you come down?

3. What is your favourite thing to do in space?

4. What was your first thought during lift off when you travelled to the 

   space station?

5. What kind of science experiments are you doing?

6. Why did you choose to be an astronaut?

7. How do you use the Internet on board the space station?

8. When you were first selected to go to the ISS in 2013, were you thinking 

   about how much your research might affect the future on Earth and did that 

   help you cope with leaving your family behind, getting into a space craft 

   with people you don't really know and possibly risking your life?

9. What training did you do to become an astronaut?

10. Have you ever had a major issue with any of the technology on board the 

    space station?

11. What is currently being done to try to help your life in space become 


12. How has your understanding of the universe changed now that you have seen it from space?

13. What do you miss most about Earth?

14. Can you have baths or showers in space?

15. Did the air force help you with what you are doing in space now? 






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Next planned event(s):

   1.  Smithsonian Air and Space - Udvar-Hazy, Chantilly, VA, USA, 

       telebridge via W6SRJ

       The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

       The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV

       Contact is go for: Sat 2019-06-15 18:11:51 UTC


   2. Rowan Preparatory School, Claygate, United Kingdom, 

      direct via GB4RPS 

      The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS

      The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV 

      Contact is go for: Tue 2019-06-18 12:51:20 UTC

      Watch for live stream at https://live.ariss.org/


   3. King Island District High School, Currie, TAS, Australia, 

      telebridge via IK1SLD

      The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS

      The scheduled astronaut is David St-Jacques KG5FYI

      Contact is go for: Wed 2019-06-19 08:49:20 UTC






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 ISS National Lab 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 public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN

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