ARISS News Release No. 20-12
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISS Contact Scheduledfor Students, Faculty at i-Educate Conference,
Hosted byQueensland Government Department of Education, Brisbane, Australia
August20, 2020—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has receivedschedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts. ARISS is thegroup that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students aroundthe globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on the International Space Station (ISS).
This will be a telebridge contact via amateur radio and studentswill take turns asking their questions of ISS Commander Chris Cassidy, amateur radio callsign KF5KDR. There will be a live closed videolink, and 500 educators tied into the conference will watch the students. FredKemmerer, call sign AB1OC, in New Hampshire (USA) will serve as the relayground station. Shane Lynd, call sign VK4KHZ in Australia will be themoderator. Bob Pitman, call signVK4DA in Australia will distribute live audio via Echolink *HAM* 69556, IRLP 9556, and AllStar 48820 49903.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for August24, 2020 at 7:32 pm in Brisbane (09:32 UTC, 5:32 am EDT, 4:32 amCDT, 03:32 am MDT and 02:32 am PDT).
This contact is in conjunction with the online i-Educate 2020 Conference sponsored by the Department of Education,Queensland Government in Brisbane, Australia. The purpose of the weeklong conferenceis for school digital leaders to present interactive solutions in online workshopsettings to demonstrate to educators and school staff how to enrich technology-learningoutcomes in classrooms and increase STEM availability awareness in schools.
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What was the mainambition or reason for going to the ISS in the first place?
2. What was it likesee space for the first time?
3. Do you ever havearguments?
4. Did you have anyissues (personal, technical) whilst flying up towards the ISS?
5. Was your childhooddream being a pilot and this is the progression, or did you always dream ofgoing into space?
6. What mindset doyou need to have to be an astronaut?
7. How did you becomeinterested in being an astronaut?
8. Circa what year doyou predict space hotels will be physically possible to achieve? And do youthink these space stations are the first steps towards developing said hotels?
9. When you are inspace, you orbit the Earth incredibly fast. Because of this, has yourperception of time changed since being in space? If so, how is it different?
10. How do you keeppersonal hygiene up to standards e.g. how you go for a shower/bath, toilet, andshaving?
11. Have you had alife threatening experience on the space station?
12. How does it feelto be isolated in space, knowing there isn’t anyone else around you exceptyourself and fellow crew mates?
13. During yourlaunch windows there have been several technical delays, how do you deal withthe build-up and then let down of your emotions in these events?
14. What will youmiss the most about life on the ISS when you return to Earth?
15. You were a NavySeal, what brought you across to NASA and spaceflight?
16. What is it likegoing on a spacewalk for the first time?
17. How do youmaintain a positive mindset and good mental health in space, for example withthe global pandemic of COVID-19 how are you coping with being such a distanceaway from the people you love and care about?
18. What were youremotions during lift off?
Amateur Radio on the InternationalSpace Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radiosocieties and the space agencies that support the International Space Station(ISS). In the United States, sponsorsare the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio RelayLeague (ARRL), the ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s SpaceCommunications and Navigation program. The primary goal of ARISS is to promoteexploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematicstopics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew membersaboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students,educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, andamateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org
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