quinta-feira, 15 de novembro de 2018

ARISS contact planned for students in Canada

An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT with IMP Aerospace & Defence, Goffs, NS, Canada. 

The event is scheduled Saturday 24 November 2018 at approximately 19:05 UTC (20:05 CEWT).
The conversation will be conducted in English.
The contact will be a telebridge operated by IK1SLD in Northern Italy.
The downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz FM.
Moreover, the event will be webcast from the telebridge ground station on

School Information:
The IMP Company makes the Robotic Arms for the ISS and did for the Shuttles.
Despite the disappointment of having to cancel a previously planned ARISS in late September during our Family Day activities preparations for this next opportunity to speak with Serena are in full swing.  The original participants who were selected from a pool of applications received from our IMP Aerospace and Avionics facilities are prepared and looking forward to taking part in this very unique opportunity.  During the delay the youngsters were able to do additional research on station life and experiments which has resulted in some interesting questions that we hope Serena will enjoy.  As an ARISS Mentor it's very encouraging to see the level of interest from the entire group including parents.

As a contractor IMP Aerospace has a long history in the manufacture of space rated avionics components.  This includes portions of STS Canadarm and the ISS Canadarm2 as well as numerous satellite and planetary rovers.  The original contact was planned to take place in one of our maintenance hangars at Halifax Stanfield International Airport however with this new opportunity we have moved the venue to the Keshan Goodman Branch of the Halifax Public Library System.  This been the site of previous ARISS contacts and always draws a lot of attention.  This location allows us to invite media as well as the general public to observe and share in the inspiration this contact has to offer.  In addition to the usual pre-contact activities a presentation from the Halifax Center of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will focus on space based astronomy as well as specific instruction on how to identify visible ISS passes.  The contact will also have a potential for global viewing a!
 s the contact will be simulcast from not only the library location but from the ground station located at IK1SLD in Northern Italy.

Students First Names & Questions:

1. Chloe (12):  What happens when you sneeze in space?
2. Xingyan (9):  What kind of physical training do you have to go through before going into space?
3. Bria (12):  Do you believe signs of life, past or present, will be found in our Solar System?             
4. Ella (11):  What is the coolest thing you've seen from the Space Station?
5: Raelyn (8):  How do you handle medical issues in space especially if they are life-threatening?
6: Callum (7):  What's it like to be an astronaut?                         
7. Tyler (7):  What does it smell like inside the ISS?
8. Trevor (7): Is any food grown on the Space Station?             
9. Milena (8): How do you do laundry on the ISS?                 
10. Alex (5):  How does your spacesuit stay warm?
11. Chloe (12): In order to maintain altitude or avoid orbital debris a reboost or avoidance maneuver is performed.  Can you feel that taking place inside the ISS?
12. Xingyan (9): How long did it take for you to adjust to the weightless environment on the ISS?
13. Bria (12): How does life spent on the underwater training laboratory "Aquarius" compare with life on the ISS?
14. Ella (14): Is it noisy or quiet inside the space station?
15. Raelyn (8): What has been the biggest health issue you've had to deal with?
16. Callum (7): What's your favorite space meal?           
17. Tyler (7): How do Astronauts take a shower in space?
18. Trevor (7): Does the entire crew gather for meals?
19. Milena (8): What do you do in your spare time for entertainment? 
20. Alex (5): How do you know when to go to bed at night?

About ARISS:
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, JAXA, and CSA. The US Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provide ARISS special support. 

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.

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.ariss-eu.org and https://www.amsat-on.be/hamtv-summary/.


Gaston Bertels ON4WF

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