ARISS UK release full video of Tim Peake and RMS contact

This is the 77 minute video of the ARISS contact between Tim Peake GB1SS and the Royal Masonic School for Girls Rickmansworth GB1RMS.

The video starts with the students of Cadogan House, the prep school for girls aged 4 to 11 at the Royal Masonic School for Girls singing a number of songs that have been part of their study into space.

The video continues with the senior school presenting an overview of the activities that they have been involved in as part of their study and understanding of space. This section concludes with a panel of experts from the UK space industry fielding questions from the assembled audience.

At approximately 33 minutes, Ciaran Morgan M0XTD from ARISS, starts the ARISS programme with an introduction of the team, their roles and all the equipment that has been brought to the school to help facilitate the contact.

The actual ARISS contact starts at approximately 53 minutes into the video.

After the contact has finished, the school’s Head Girl concludes the evening with a short thank you speech and introduces the trainers who prepared some of the girls for the Foundation Amateur Radio License.

Watch the ARISS UK Tim Peake and RMS for Girls video

More history made at second amateur radio call
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/02/12/more-history-made-at-second-amateur-radio-call/

HamTV on the ISS https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/hamtv-on-the-iss/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

More history made at second amateur radio call

Royal Masonic School for Girls amateur radio contact with Tim Peake - Credit UKSA

Royal Masonic School for Girls amateur radio contact with Tim Peake – Credit UKSA

The second live amateur radio call to a British school with Tim Peake GB1SS took place Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Royal Masonic School (RMS) for Girls GB1RMS in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

Young women from RMS for Girls who certified as Amateur Radio operators for the live link up -Credit RMS

Young women from RMS for Girls who certified as Amateur Radio operators for the live link up – Credit RMS

Contact was made with the International Space Station (ISS) at around 18:09 GMT and, in a world first at a school, video was streamed over the radio airwaves which meant that the students could see as well as hear Tim. The contact lasted around 8 minutes allowing several students to ask Tim about life on board the ISS.

Year 9 student Saira, asked

What the first word that came into his head was when he saw the Earth from space.

Tim’s response was simple, “beautiful.”

Isabella, aged 7, asked

When I am your age what do you think space travel will look like?

Tim said that Isabella had many years to wait until then but he hoped that trips to the Moon and to Mars would be possible.

Head of Education and Skills for the UK Space Agency, Jeremy Curtis said

The students at the Royal Masonic School did a fantastic and professional job during the contact itself – but more than that, the whole school has really engaged with Tim’s Principia mission by trying out the many education activities he has inspired.

John Gould G3WKL President of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) said

Tonight was a truly historic moment; not only for the school having their contact with Tim, but, for the first time ever a school received amateur television from the ISS. I hope this event gives all the students at the school, and everyone watching, a sense of inspiration in terms of STEM subjects which have been brought so vividly to light in a fun way through amateur radio.

Ciaran Morgan M0XTD from ARISS said

It was marvellous; we’re absolutely elated and extremely grateful to Tim for setting the camera up. It was far better than we could have expected and I hope that the students enjoyed it as much as we did.

The event was broadcast live via the ARISS UK website and will be made available shortly on their YouTube channel.

Sandringham School in St Albans, Hertfordshire were the first school to make a call to Tim and details of dates for all the other 8 shortlisted schools have now been scheduled.

For more information on ARISS calls and other activities linked to the Principia mission, please visit the events page
https://principia.org.uk/events/

Source: UK Space Agency press release
https://principia.org.uk/news/second-amateur-radio-call/

Read the Watford Observer report and watch the video at
http://m.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/14271561.VIDEO__Watch_history_be_made_as_school_becomes_the_first_in_the_world_to_make_video_contact_with_the_International_Space_Station_and_talk_to_Major_Tim_Peake/

BBC Three Counties Radio Tim Peake talks live from the ISS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPDBfilMXgs

Video of Tim Peake’s first Digital Amateur Television (DATV) HamTV ARISS contact as received direct on 2395 MHz by Colin Watts G4KLB in Bournemouth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9keVA21DPBc

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

ISS HamTV used for school contact

Tim Peake HamTV at Royal Masonic School for Girls - Credit Sian Cleaver

Tim Peake HamTV at Royal Masonic School for Girls – Credit Sian Cleaver

In a Tweet sent February 11 the UK Space Agency noted that the HamTV Digital Amateur Television (DATV) transmission by Tim Peake GB1SS from the ISS was a “World First”.

James Patterson M1DST and family listening to Tim Peake

James Patterson M1DST and family listening to Tim Peake

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, at approximately 18:09 UT, an ARISS contact took place between UK astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS and students at the Royal Masonic School for Girls GB1RSM in Rickmansworth, Herts.

The ARISS team of licensed UK Radio Amateurs achieved a world first by receiving live video from the ISS during the contact. Using the HamTV transmitter, which has recently been commissioned on board the ISS, Tim Peake was the first astronaut to use this equipment during a two way schools contact.

As well as building a vehicle based HamTV receive system, which was installed at the school on the day of the contact, the ARISS UK team also installed equipment at the Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall to receive the 2395 MHz HamTV transmissions from the ISS, this was then streamed via the web to the school.

On the Expert Panel at the historic contact were Libby Jackson of the UK Space Agency, Sian Cleaver of Airbus, Frances Wray of QinetiQ, Stephanie Fernandes Engineering Skills Policy Specialist at the IET, Matt Cosby of QinetiQ and Chris Bridges 2E0OBC of the Surrey Space Centre.

Radio amateurs across the British Isles and Europe were able to receive Tim Peake’s signal on 145.800 MHz FM. Among them was James Patterson M1DST who uploaded this video to YouTube.

Watch Listening To The ISS

The ARISS program is designed to maximise the impact of the Principia Mission outreach activities. It directly engages students with media and communication technologies with the goal of inspiring them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

The contact took place on the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/int-day-of-women-and-girls-in-science/international-day-of-women-and-girls-in-science-2016/

UK Space Agency “World First” Tweet
https://twitter.com/spacegovuk/status/697847985212952576

Installation of the Goonhilly HamTV receiver
https://amsat-uk.org/2015/11/12/hamtv-on-the-iss-update/

HamTV on the ISS https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/hamtv-on-the-iss/

The questions asked by the students during the contact are at
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/02/07/ariss-rms-girls/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/