ARISS News Release
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
Message to US Educators
Amateur Radio on theInternational Space Station
Call for Proposals
New Proposal Window is October 1st, 2020 to November 24, 2020
September30, 2020 --- The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions andorganizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radiocontact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between July 1, 2021 and December 30, 2021. Crew scheduling andISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radiocontact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw largenumbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developededucation plan.
Thedeadline to submit a proposal is November 24th, 2020. Proposalinformation and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and theproposal form can be found at www.ariss.org. An ARISSIntroductory Webinar session will be held on October 8, 2020 at 8 PMET. The Eventbrite link to sign up is: https://ariss-proposal-webinar-fall-2020.eventbrite.com
Crewmembers aboard the International Space Station will participate in scheduledAmateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes inlength and allow students to interact with the astronauts through aquestion-and-answer session.
AnARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radiobetween astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms andcommunities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity to learnfirsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and tolearn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an opportunityto learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science.Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of schedulingactivities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility toaccommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.
AmateurRadio organizations around the world with the support of NASA and spaceagencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present educational organizationswith this opportunity. The ham radio organizations’ volunteer efforts providethe equipment and operational support to enable communication between crew onthe ISS and students around the world using Amateur Radio.
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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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