[sarex] 2012-06-25 ARISS Status

Carol Jackson tcekmjackson at comcast.net
Mon Jun 25 09:28:49 PDT 2012

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Status Report

June 25, 2012





1.            Upcoming School Contacts


An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been
scheduled for the Virginia Air and Space Center located in Hampton, Virginia
on Tuesday, June 26 at 18:22 UTC. The contact is part of a comprehensive
education plan which will pique students’ interest in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math (STEM).


The 2012 STEM Summit in Dallas, Texas has been slated for an Amateur Radio
on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Thursday, June 28 at
18:11 UTC via telebridge station K6DUE in Maryland. Leland Melvin, Associate
Administrator for Education, and Charlie Bolden, NASA Administrator, are
expected to be in attendance. NASA’s Third Rock Radio plans to air the
contact audio. http://www.rfcmedia.com/thirdrockradio/


2.            Canada Scouts Contact Successful


On Saturday, June 23, Scouts Canada, Nova Scotia Council in Dartmouth,
Canada called on-orbit astronaut André Kuipers, PI9ISS during an Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact via telebridge
station VK5ZAI in Australia. The contact was held as part of a space event
with Scouts of various ages in conjunction with groups earning their Science
Badge awards. Over 150 were in attendance.  The contact was Webcast and the
presentation was captured for retransmission by Aliant IPTV Atlantic during
July/August and for development of an edited CD for distribution to
interested parties. There was excellent media coverage including 3
television stations and two newspapers. A 20 minute radio interview was held
with "the Rick Howe Show" on Friday, June 22 on Amateur Radio - ARISS and
Field Day Operations.  In addition, an article is being prepared for
periodicals: Royal Astronomical Society, Halifax Public Libraries, Radio
Amateurs of Canada.


3.            ARISS International Team Meeting Held


The ARISS-International monthly teleconference was held on Tuesday, June 19.
Discussion topics included a Columbus Module status. Minutes have been



4.            AMSAT News Service on ARISS 


AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) News Service bulletin (ANS-176)
ran two ARISS-related articles on June 24. “Video Posted From ARISS Contact
with 8N3KN in Japan” provides a link to view the recent contact held with
Kawachinagano Eastside Junior High School students. The second item, “ARISS
Contact Planned as NASA Hosts Future Female Explorers” talks about the
upcoming contact planned with the Women in STEM High School Aerospace
Scholars project (WISH).  For more information, see:


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