ARISS News Release                                                                                               No.   21-61  

Dave Jordan, AA4KN


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ARISS Contact Scheduled for Students at Wolfgang-Kubelka-Realschule (WKR), Schondorf am Ammersee, Germany



November 29, 2021—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts. ARISS is the group that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on the International Space Station (ISS).


This will be a telebridge contact via amateur radio and students will take turns asking their questions of Matthias Maurer, amateur radio call sign KI5KFH. Local Covid-19 protocols are adhered to as applicable for each ARISS contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 437.525 MHZ and may be heard by listeners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the telebridge station.


ARISS team member Shane Lynd, using call sign VK4KHZ from an amateur radio club station in Glenden, Queensland, Australia will serve as the relay amateur radio station.


The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for December 2, 2021 at 3:16 pm CET (Schondorf, DE), (14:16 UTC, 9:16 am EST, 8:16 am CST, 7:16 am MST and 6:16 am PST).


The Wolfgang-Kubelka-Realschule (WKR) is a rural secondary school in Schondorf, a village on the Westbanks of the Ammersee in Bavaria, Germany. About 560 boys, ages 10 to 17 (grades 5 to 10) attend WKR. WKR is part of the MINT (STEM) network with special focus on mathematics, computer science, natural science and technology. WKR incorporated course materials in advance of the ARISS contact that included information on life in space on the ISS (required astronaut training), artificial satellites, and scientific research onboard the ISS. In preparation for this contact, students participated in several activities which included: launching a balloon with an onboard transmitter (which included an environmental experiment), building a model of the ISS in a special workshop, and visiting the DLR Satellite Ground Station in Weilheim and/or the Columbus Control Center in Oberpfaffenhofen. The ARISS contact will be supported by the local DARC amateur radio community.







As time allows, students will ask these questions:


1. Warum sind Sie Astronaut geworden?

2. Wie lange hat Ihr Flug zur ISS gedauert und wie lange wird Ihr Rückflug sein?

3. Wie fühlt sich Schwerelosigkeit an und ab wann spürt man den Muskelabbau?

4. Was gibt es zum Essen und wie wird das Essen verzehrt?

5. Was macht ein Astronaut, wenn er Schmerzen bekommt?

6. Wie erleben Sie die Lautstärke an Bord der ISS?

7. Gab es schon tolle Momente beim Umkreisen der Erde?

8. Welcher Versuch wird für Sie der Spannendste sein?

9. Haben Sie private Dinge mit an Bord?

10. Können Sie private Mitteilungen zur Erde senden?

11. Wie funktioniert das Schlafen auf der ISS?

12. Sieht man von der ISS Anzeichen der Klimaveränderung auf unserem Planeten?

13. Wie gestalten Sie ihre Freizeit auf der ISS?

14. Werden Sie einen Außenbordeinsatz haben?


(translated from German):


1. Why did you become an astronaut?

2. How long did your flight to the ISS take and how long will the return flight be?

3. What does zero gravity feel like and how long is it before you notice your muscles weakening?

4. What is there to eat on the ISS and how is the food consumed?

5. What does an astronaut do if in pain?

6. Is it very noisy on the ISS? How do you cope with the noise?

7. Have there been any fantastic/great moments when orbiting the Earth?

8. Which test or experiment will be the most exciting for you?

9. Do you have any private belongings on the ISS?

10. Can you send private messages to Earth?

11. How do you sleep on the ISS? How does it work?

12. Do you see signs of climate change on our planet from the ISS?

13. How do you spend your free time on the ISS?

14. Will you perform an EVA – Extra Vehicular A?


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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 ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s Space communications and Navigation program. The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities take part in hands-on learning activities tied to space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see



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