sexta-feira, 24 de maio de 2019

ARISS school contact planned for Costa Rica

An International Space Station school contact has been planned for David St-Jacques KG5FYI with participants at Pacific Coast Schools, Los Suenos, Costa Rica on Monday 27 May, 2019. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:31 UTC, which is 18.31 CEST.

The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and IK1SLD, located in northern Italy. The contact will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz

School presentation
There are two locations connected. Both belong to the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC).
San Carlos is located on the most-north Costarrican área. Although is recognized as a rural area, that has developed an agricultural production during the last 80 years, now is booming with technology-based companies, receiving the nickname "Costa Rica's Silicon Valley" to San Carlos.
In Cartago, the Central location of TEC, the activity is organized by TECSpace, the space engineering student group of the university, with more than 100 members, and the Space Systems Engineering Laboratory (SETEC Lab) who was in charge of the design of the first satellite of Central America, launched in 2018.

Students Questions:
1. What sentiments and feelings did you have when seeing space for the first time?
2. A journey to Mars will have to deal with multiple gravity transitions. Are there any projects of experiments that were proposed for this matter by space agencies?
3. How do you think the astronaut business will change with the advent of self-funded private human spaceflight?
4. Given your background as a physician, what areas of medicine do you think will be key to innovate and research to successfully undertake long term deep space missions?
5. What advice would you give to young students interested on being an astronaut or being involved in human spaceflight?
6. How will the space station influence the future plans for reaching the moon in 2024?
7. How much time did it take you to learn to fly a jet and what did you enjoy the most about that experience?
8. What challenging experiences did you have to face in order to become an astronaut?
9. Given your extremely great time management skills for being able to accomplish your 3 majors, and such other studies. What advice could you give other people about time management skills?
10. Of the experiments that you are working on right now on the ISS, what is your favorite? And what's it about?
11. Will your research on long distance medicine have an impact on medical services provided to remote communities, like Canada's Inuit people?
12. Now that you have experienced living in space for several months, what are two things you would recommend space ships have incorporated in their design for long term space voyages?
13. Will you please come and visit us at TEC when you and your family are on your next trip to Costa Rica?

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, and

Gaston Bertels – ON4WF

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