Inspiring Youth with Science in Space

Astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB answers questions from a student using amateur radio

Astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB answers questions from a student using amateur radio

NASA highlight the role of amateur radio in letting young people speak directly with astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station:

An ARISS contact takes place as a part of a comprehensive suite of education activities. To prepare for an exchange, students study the space station and the research conducted there. They also learn about wireless technology, radio science, and satellite communication used for space exploration.

The space station must pass over these earthbound communicators during amateur radio transmissions in order to relay signals between the space station’s ham radio and ground receivers. Other factors affect the timing of scheduled contacts, including weather, crew availability, and the schedules of visiting vehicles.

These ham radio conversations usually last about 10 minutes. Crew members answer questions from students as they and community members look on. During a pass, the crew can answer an average of 18 questions, depending on their complexity.

Ham radio on the space station connects and inspires students in four ways: providing first-hand education about life in space, directly connecting students with space station crew, sharing amateur radio technologies, and building global partnerships.

Read the full NASA story at
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/b4h-3rd/ge-inspiring-youth-with-space-science

ISS SSTV Oct 9 and 10

ISS SSTV MAI-75 image 9/12 received by Chertsey Radio Club on Baofeng handheld

ISS SSTV MAI-75 image 9/12 received by Chertsey Radio Club on Baofeng handheld

Russian cosmonauts are expected to activate Slow Scan Television (SSTV) image transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM from the International Space Station on Wednesday/Thursday, October 9/10.

This is the schedule for the planned activation of the MAI-75 SSTV activity from the ISS.
• Oct 9 09:50-14:00 GMT
• Oct 10 08:55-15:15 GMT

Transmissions will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM in the SSTV mode PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

ISS SSTV uses a Kenwood TM D710E transceiver which is part of the amateur radio station located in the Russian ISS Service Module.

Please note that SSTV events are dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and subject to change at any time. You can check for updates regarding planned operation at:
ISS Ham https://twitter.com/RF2Space
ARISS Status https://twitter.com/ARISS_status
ARISS SSTV Blog https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/
AMSAT Bulletin Board http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb

Read the MagPi article Pictures from space via ham radio
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/pictures-from-space-via-ham-radio/

ISS SSTV info and links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

ISS contact planned for Bampton School in Devon

ISS contact with Bampton SchoolAn International Space Station ARISS school contact has been planned between astronaut Drew Morgan KI5AAA and participants at Bampton School, Bampton, United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 12:51 GMT, which is 1:51 PM BST.

The contact between GB4BPS at the school and Drew Morgan KI5AAA operating NA1SS on the ISS will be audible across the British Isles and North Western Europe on 145.800 MHz FM.

The live stream of the event will be at https://live.ariss.org/

You can listen to the 145.800 MHz FM radio signal online from anywhere in the world by using a UK-based WebSDR such as:
SUWS Farnham WebSDR http://farnham-sdr.com/
Goonhilly https://vhf-goonhilly.batc.org.uk/

International Space Station - Image Credit NASA

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

School information

Bampton Church of England Primary School, part of the Alumnis Multi Academy Trust is a is a vibrant, friendly and nurturing school, located on the edge of Exmoor National park, serving the small agricultural town of Bampton and surrounding areas of East Devon. We are part of a supportive and friendly community with strong links to our local church, ‘St Michael and All Angels.’

As a church school, our vision, ‘Believe, Belong, Become’ is embedded throughout our school and curriculum. Through core Christian values, we teach children to be able to understand and articulate their views about what they ‘believe’ and to respect the beliefs of others around them. We encourage them to understand how they ‘belong’ to family, school and the local and wider community, and how they fit into, and can impact the wider world around them. We encourage children to think about how and what they are aiming to ‘become’ as they grow, and how they are able to shape their world.

Through Christian values, together we inspire individuals to celebrate their uniqueness and empower them to become confident, aspirational, inquisitive and flourish in the modern world. We celebrate our school values of; Joy, Aiming High, Friendship, Kindness, Respect, Trust and Honesty, and Forgiveness and Compassion, and embed these values into everyday school life.

We offer an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum in a happy, stimulating environment, supported by a wide range of after school clubs and high quality, offsite residential visits. We are always seeking ways to enhance the teaching and learning experience for our children, with a breadth of experiences that develop the whole child and create a genuine love of learning. We are passionate about bringing STEM subjects to life and encouraging children to see how these subjects translate into the world beyond school.

Questions:

1. Corey (Age 7): Has the International Space Station ever suffered any damage from a meteor strike?

2. Thea (Age 9): How can space be made accessible to people with disabilities?

3. Sophie (Age 10): How long will it take you to get used to gravity again when you get home?

4. Jesse (Age 6): What would happen if I took a snowball into space?

5. Rufus (Age 8): How do you get to and from the International Space Station?

6. Alfie (Age 10): If you cut yourself in space, who acts as the doctor to fix it for you?

7. Willow (Age 10): Do you dream differently in space or dream of anything in particular?

8. Jacob (Age 10): If I kick a football in space, how far would it travel?

9. Maya (Age 9): When you were a child did you want to go to space and is there anything that disappointed you about it?

10. Hetty (Age 8): What does it feel like when you are in a rocket and you are about to get shot into space?

11. Corey asking Oliver’s question (Age 9): If you could make one improvement to the International Space Station, what would it be?

12. Thea asking Nancy’s question (Age 5): The International Space Station travels at 5 miles per second, can you feel it moving when travelling fast like you can on earth?

13. Sophie asking Eban’s question (Age 6): The International Space Station is so fast, how does it not crash into the other satellites that are also in orbit?

14. Jesse asking Sorrel’s question (Age 9): Did you have any concerns looking back at Earth for the first time?

15. Rufus asking Macy’s question (Age 9): How many planets have you seen from the International Space Station?

16. Alfie asking Ellie’s question (Age 10): If you could grow any plant in the International Space Station what would it be?

17. Willow asking Eve’s question (Age 10): How long have you been on the International Space Station and how long do you think you could stay there for?

18. Jacob asking Johnny’s question (Age 6): What time goes your clock show on the Space Station? Is it USA, UK, Russian or Japan time?

19. Maya asking Ruan’s question (Age 9): Do you get to keep your customised seat or anything else as a souvenir of your trip?

20. Hetty asking William’s question (Age 8): We are getting aware about the amount of rubbish on earth, are you worried about the amount of space junk and can you see it?

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.

73 Gaston Bertels – ON4WF

For more information on ARISS, see http://www.ariss.org/

How to hear the ISS https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/how-to-hear-the-iss/

Bampton School
https://bamptonschool.org/the-news-weve-all-been-waiting-for/
https://twitter.com/BamptonSCH/

Exmoor Magazine – Eyes to the Skies in Devon
https://www.exmoormagazine.co.uk/eyes-to-the-skies-in-devon/

Devon school students to contact ISS

ISS contact with Bampton SchoolYoung people at Bampton School in Devon will get an opportunity to use amateur radio to talk to an astronaut on the International Space Station on Tuesday, October 8.

The school has tweeted:
“The news we’ve all been waiting for: @BamptonSCH contact with @Space_Station will take place Tues 8th October at 13:51:26. Children will be asking questions to astronaut @AstroDrewMorgan KI5AAA. Questions are with NASA & we’ll let you know who’ll be asking them very soon!”
https://twitter.com/BamptonSCH/status/1178754952233132032

The ISS contact with GB4BPS at the school should be receiveable across the British Isles and North West Europe on 145.800 MHz FM (Note ISS uses 5 kHz FM deviation so wider RX filter for 25 kHz channel spacing is better).

The contact with Drew Morgan KI5AAA operating NA1SS is currently planned for Tuesday, October 8 at 12:51:26 GMT (1:51 PM BST) but as with all ISS contacts last minute changes can take place.

It should be possible to receive the 145.800 MHz signal online from anywhere in the world by using a UK-based WebSDR such as:
SUWS Farnham WebSDR http://farnham-sdr.com/
Goonhilly https://vhf-goonhilly.batc.org.uk/

The contact is planned to be streamed live at https://live.ariss.org/

Bampton School
https://bamptonschool.org/the-news-weve-all-been-waiting-for/
https://twitter.com/BamptonSCH/

Exmoor Magazine – Eyes to the Skies in Devon https://www.exmoormagazine.co.uk/eyes-to-the-skies-in-devon/

144-146 MHz WebSDR at Goonhilly now available

Goonhilly 144 MHz WebSDR

Goonhilly 144 MHz WebSDR

AMSAT-UK and BATC have announced the availability of a new 144-146 MHz Web-based Software Defined Radio installation at Goonhilly.

WebSDR Antenna top right

WebSDR Antenna top right

This is being provided in collaboration with Goonhilly Earth Station where it is kindly hosted alongside the existing receiving equipment for the amateur radio transponders on the Qatar-Oscar-100 (QO-100 / Es’hail-2) geostationary satellite.

It shares the same Turnstile antenna that is used for the reception of the AO73, EO88 & JO97 CubeSats.

Being located in the far South West of the UK, it is anticipated the SDR will be useful for early Acquisition of Signal (AOS) of 144 MHz downlinks from amateur satellites and the International Space Station (ISS). Additionally it can be used for reception of tropospheric signals from the south – the Spanish beacon ED1ZAG on 144.403 MHz has been already been heard on the system.

The new 144 MHz band WebSDR is available at https://vhf-goonhilly.batc.org.uk/

The AMSAT-UK / BATC 10 GHz WebSDR for QO-100 is still available at https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

AMSAT-UK: https://amsat-uk.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmsatUK
Facebook: https://facebook.com/AmsatUK
YouTube: https://youtube.com/AmsatUK

BATC: https://batc.org.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/batconline
Live event streaming: https://batc.org.uk/live/

ARISS Next Generation Radio System Completes Critical Flight Certification Tests

ARISS 25 watt JVC Kenwood D710GA at Hamvention 2017 - Credit John Brier KG4AKV

ARISS 25 watt JVC Kenwood D710GA at Hamvention 2017 – Credit John Brier KG4AKV

The Interoperable Radio System (IORS), ARISS’ next generation radio system successfully completed a battery of stressful tests required as part of the final certification of the hardware for launch to and operation on the International Space Station.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) logoDuring the week of July 8, the IORS, consisting of the JVC Kenwood D-710GA Radio and the AMSAT developed Multi-Voltage Power Supply, successfully completed a series of Electro-magnetic Interference (EMI)/Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) tests to ensure that the ARISS hardware will not interfere with the ISS systems or other payloads. Testing continued into the following week, where the IORS successfully passed power quality and acoustics testing. These tests verified that the ARISS IORS will not introduce harmful signals back into the ISS power system and is quiet enough to meet ISS acoustic requirements. ARISS Hardware Team members Lou McFadin, W5DID and Kerry Banke, N6IZW were at the NASA Johnson Space Center supporting this two week battery of tests in concert with the NASA test and certification team.

Kerry Banke states, “Since the IORS is being qualified to operate on 120VDC, 28VDC and Russian 28VDC as well as transmitting on VHF or UHF, a lot of test combinations were required to cover all cases. Each input voltage type was also tested at low, medium and high line voltage. Moreover, additional permutations were required to test the IORS under no load, medium load and full load at each voltage level. So it should not be surprising why the tests took two weeks to complete.”

Successful completion of these tests represents a key milestone in preparing the IORS for launch. ARISS can now begin final assembly of the flight safety certification in preparation for launch. ARISS is working towards launch ready status by the end of the year.