[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Maroochydore State School, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Mon Aug 3 02:39:29 UTC 2015

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Maroochydore State School, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia on 06 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:06 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and LU1CGB. The contact should be audible over portions of Argentina and S. America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



Maroochydore State School is the 'hidden jewel' of Maroochydore. 

It has a small school atmosphere where the students are encouraged to be active participants in the school day and our teachers know the students.

Our school has an active P&C Association, which greatly contributes to the resources that are available to our students as well as enhancing the school environment for all. We have an emphasis on integrating technology into our teaching and learning activities as well as providing opportunities for our sporting and musical students to further develop their skills and talents. We have an emphasis on integrating technology into our teaching and learning activities as well as providing opportunities for our sporting and musical students to further develop their skills and talents.

Maroochydore State School has enhanced the IT capabilities of the students and staff with training and access to the latest in IT. Across the school students and staff have access to Interactive Whiteboards, classroom computers, a shared Computer Hub, multiple iPads, digital cameras and video equipment. All classrooms also have access to the internet via the school network or via wi-fi.

Staff has had professional development on the integration of IT into their teaching and learning activities with teacher aides also accessing professional development to enhance their skills.The integration of iPads into each classroom has opened up a range of learning opportunities via apps as well as for creative presentation of work incorporating productivity apps.



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


1.   You are sitting in the launch capsule preparing for lift off. What 

     preparation goes on during this time?

2.   What technology and features are a part of the space suits you wear 

     during a spacewalk?

3.   How long did it take you to arrive at the International Space Station?

4.   How long and how hard was your training to be an astronaut?

5.   When you are relaxing on the ISS what do you do?

6.   What experiments are happening on board the ISS at the moment?

7.   How do you get to sleep and how well do you sleep on the ISS?

8.   Astronaut Kelly is spending one year in space, how long is your mission 

     planned for and who on board the ISS at the moment has spent the longest 

     total time in space?

9.   What features of earth are the most noticeable and the most beautiful 

     from the ISS?

10.  On your next pass over Queensland Australia could you please take a 

     photograph and share it with our school?







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Next planned event(s):


   1.  Space  Jam 9, Rantoul, IL, telebridge via IK1SLD

       The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be OR4ISS

       The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren  KO5MOS

       Contact is a go for: Sat 2015-08-08 16:57:49 UTC 33  deg




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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