[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Youth In Aviation Program (ECCTAI YIAP) and Oxon Hill High School, Oxon Hill, Maryland

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Wed Apr 22 17:42:56 UTC 2015

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Youth In Aviation  Program (ECCTAI YIAP) and Oxon Hill High School, Oxon Hill, Maryland on 24 Apr. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:41 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and K6DUE. The contact should be audible over the eastern U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



The East Coast Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc (ECCTAI) is one of the largest Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. chapters in United States and serves the Washington DC area.  ECCTAI is dedicated to keeping alive the history, achievements, and importance of the original Tuskegee Airmen.  The term, "Tuskegee Airmen," refers to the men and women, African-Americans and Caucasians, who were involved in the so-called "Tuskegee Experience", the World War II Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft.  ECCTAI strives to increase understanding of the "Tuskegee Experience" by honoring the accomplishments and perpetuating the history of the men and women who participated in the "Tuskegee Experience" and to introduce young people to the world of aviation and space through its Youth in Aviation Program (YIAP).  YIAP motivates and inspires America's youth to strive for similar excellence of these earlier pioneers.  ECCTAI YIAP has a strong long-term partnership with Oxon Hill High School (OHHS).  Many Oxon Hill students have pursued aerospace careers as a result of this relationship.  OHHS was established in 1925.  It is now a renowned public Science and Technology High School in Prince Georges County, Maryland with an enrollment of 1,436 located approximately 1.5 miles from the Nation's Capital along the Potomac River.  OHHS has developed stand-out programs in Business and Finance, Engineering and Science, Graphic Arts and Media, Hospitality and Tourism, and Military Science.  The school also has a long standing and prestigious Music Department. OHHS' Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC) program was established in 1966 and remains one of the largest and oldest active units with more than 350 cadets.  Within AFJROTC, Aviation Ground School introduces cadets to all aspects of aviation.  OHHS hosts a Regional Center that provides services to special-needs students in the area.  As a fully functioning tech school, each student is provided a NetBook for all school related academic activities.  OHHS's mission is to provide a quality education that develops the content knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable all students to reach their maximum potential as responsible, life-long learners and productive citizens. 


It should be noted that the Tuskegee Airmen who served in the European theater of WWII spent most of their time in Italy.  So the Oxon Hill students are excited about this historical/geographic connection with Samantha Cristoforetti the current Italian astronaut on board ISS.




Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows: 


1.  What influenced you to concentrate on aerospace propulsion and 

    lightweight structures?

2.  Was going into space a goal, or did the opportunity arise and you found 

    it interesting?

3.  How did your experience being a fighter pilot help you adapt to being 


4.  What would you do in the event harmful gases are detected on the space 


5.  What are some things that you go through to be trained to become an 


6.  What new technologies are being tested, and how soon will they be 

    available to the general public?

7.  Due to the gravitational change, is it harder to complete experiments in 

    space than it is on Earth?

8.  What will the International Space Station, especially your expedition, do 

    to prepare for the Commercial Crew Program?

9.  Is it hard to integrate with all the other international astronauts that 

    live on the space station?

10.   How can NASA send probes into space and prevent them from colliding 

      into space junk?

11.   What does it feel like after launch when leaving Earth's atmosphere?

12.   How do you think current research will affect future space expeditions?

13.   Since the launch, have you experienced any trouble with the ISS?

14.   Does each crew member work on all the experiments, or are the 

      experiments assigned to members based on experience in that field?

15.   During the 2.5 hours that astronauts exercise, what type of exercises 

      are included in the Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study?

16.   How effective is the Functional Task Test to determine the 

      physiological impairment after long space flights?

17.   What was the most influential factor in deciding to become an 


18.   What is your daily work schedule like, and how many hours of sleep do 

      you get?

19.   Through what educational training did you go in order to prepare 

      yourself for the space program?

20.   What is the future for the International Space Station, and human 

      spaceflight in general?

21.   How do you train to live without gravity?

22.   How does the microgravity environment on ISS affect your ability to 

      smell and taste?

23.   What were some of the negative effects you experienced because of 

      prolonged space flight?

24.   Of the current experiments, how many do you expect to complete while 

      you are onboard the International Space Station?






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Next planned event(s):


   1.  Sol Plaatje Primary  School, Mahikeng, South Africa, and Scuola 


       di I Grado, Caprino  Bergamasco, Italy telebridge via IK1SLD

       The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS

       The scheduled astronaut is Samantha Cristoforetti  IZØUDF

       Contact is a go for: Sat, 02 May 20142015-05-02 14:34 UTC 




ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.


ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.ariss.org/ 


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN


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