BBC TV news has reported on the successful amateur radio contact between astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS on the ISS and students at the Oasis Academy Brightstowe GB1OAS. The contact took place on Friday, February 19, 2016 and the students were able to question Tim about life in space.
One of those asking a question was 15-year-old Seema who came to the UK from Afghanistan in 2013 joining Oasis Academy Brightstowe in February speaking hardly any English. By the autumn term of 2013 she had achieved enough to move into top sets in all her subjects. Her aim is to be the first female Afghan astronaut, Tim told her it was a “wonderful idea and ambition” and that she should “follow her dreams”.
As well as the two-way voice amateur radio contact the students were able to see Tim Peake via a Digital Amateur Television (DATV) HamTV transmission from the International Space Station on 2395 MHz.
This transmission was received at an amateur radio station installed by British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and AMSAT-UK members at Goonhilly and streamed to the school via the web.
There was an additional mobile DATV receiver at the school, developed by volunteers from BATC, which received the ISS amateur TV transmission directly.
Watch the BBC TV News report at
Bristol TV showed the contact at 3 minutes into part 2 of the 6 News Show broadcast on February 19. Watch it at http://www.madeinbristol.tv/player/?playercat=76589&vid=eo392g9j
A list of the questions asked by the students is at
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