Hello, Pat and other AMSATers!
We are running a summer program for Brazilian exchange students until
July 18th. Back in 2014, you visited Capitol College to convey cool
AMSAT and ham wisdom to our students. We'd love to set up a visit
with our 29 visiting students, if feasible. 3 of them already took
the Technician's class exam and got their US ham licenses last month,
and several of them are working on APRS beacons and satellite SDR and
other projects. We're also building a networked SatNOGs antenna to
talk to satellites, and are nearly done that project.
Would any of you be available to visit and talk with them? We changed
our name (now 'Capitol Technology University') but we're still right
up the road from GSFC, in Laurel, on 11301 Springfield Rd.
Alex "Sandy" Antunes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Astronautical Engineering
Capitol Technology University
The ARISS team was asked by NASA to be part of its booth for an event called
Escape Velocity. Escape Velocity merges the excitement of science fiction
and science fact to inspire students and the general public to more deeply
engage in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) subjects.
A description of Escape Velocity can be found at the following URL:
Specifically, Escape Velocity is described on their web site as a "micro
futuristic world's fair to promote STEAM education within the context of
science fiction using the fun of comic cons and fascination of science and
engineering festivals. Escape Velocity seeks to make a measurable positive
impact to boost informal learning on the more conceptually challenging
Escape Velocity will be held on July 1-3 at the Gaylord Convention Center at
National Harbor, Maryland. The event runs from 10 am-6 pm each day. We
also will be setting up the booth the evening of June 30.
The ARISS team is looking for some volunteers to staff the booth on the
dates and times shown above. Those supporting the booth will also be able
to view the other booths as part of Escape Velocity. While knowledge of
ARISS is preferred, and operation of amateur satellites is beneficial, we
can train hams that have an interest in staffing our booth. Note that we
would prefer volunteers to commit to at least 2-3 hours at a time,
If you are interested in helping, please let Frank Bauer know what dates and
times you would be willing to support. Frank can be reached at
ka3hdo(a)verizon.net <mailto:[email protected]> .
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS International Chair
AMSAT V.P. for Human Spaceflight