UK students to have direct contact with astronaut Tim Peake during Principia mission

Blue Peter Principia Mission Patch

Blue Peter presenter Lindsey, Principia mission patch competition winner Troy and UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI

Working with the UK Space Agency, ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) is giving a number of UK schools the opportunity to speak directly to Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut, during his mission on board the International Space Station (ISS). This will enable live interaction between pupils and Tim and is anticipated to be one of the highlights of the Principia STEM outreach programme.

Tim Peake KG5BVI training on ISS amateur radio station equipment

Tim Peake KG5BVI training on ISS amateur radio station equipment

During his 6 month mission to the ISS, starting in December 2015, Tim will be undertaking a wide range of science experiments, some of which have been designed by students from around the UK. Additionally he has committed to take part in a large range of educational outreach activities with schools and colleges around the country.

Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency, said:

“Both Tim’s space mission and amateur radio have the power to inspire young people and encourage them into STEM subjects. By bringing them together we can boost their reach and give young people around the UK the chance to be involved in a space mission and a hands-on project that will teach them new skills.”

The pre-arranged schools contacts will take place between January and April 2016 and students will be able to put a number of questions directly to Tim using amateur radio VHF and UHF radio equipment specially installed at the school for the occasion.

HamTV dish antenna at Goonhilly - Credit Frank Heritage M0AEU

HamTV dish antenna at Goonhilly – Credit Frank Heritage M0AEU

The 3.8 metre dish owned by Satellite Applications Catapult is being loaned to the project to track the ISS and will ensure real time video will be available during the schools’ contacts scheduled for early next year. The dish is almost in the shadow of the 29 metre dish “Arthur” built in 1962 to receive the first transatlantic television signals from the Telstar-1 spacecraft.

For Tim Peake’s mission, the ARISS team of licensed UK Radio Amateurs is planning a world first by also receiving live video from the ISS during the contact. Using the HamTV transmitter, which has recently been commissioned on board the ISS, Tim will be the first astronaut to use this equipment during a two way schools contact.

As well as building a vehicle based receive system, which will be installed at the school on the day of the contact, the team recently visited Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall to commission a dish to receive the 2.4 GHz HamTV transmissions from the ISS.

During the contact at the schools the ARISS team will be providing information displays on the ISS position and have webcams showing both the local and Goonhilly dishes as they track the ISS.

The hosting schools will be organising presentations and displays before and after the contact and the ARISS team will be providing a live web cast of all the day’s events including the actual contact with Tim Peake.

The live event webcast will be hosted by the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) on their web streaming service at https://principia.ariss.org/live/

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

UK Space Agency Principia site https://principia.org.uk/

School Shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station Contact
https://amsat-uk.org/2015/07/14/school-shortlist-tim-peake-iss/

NASA TV to cover launch of Tim Peake KG5BVI
https://amsat-uk.org/2015/12/08/nasa-tv-to-cover-launch-of-tim-peake-kg5bvi/

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5th Grader's Near Space Flight

The Virginian-Pilot reports that when fifth-grader Tristan Jolley of Mack Benn Jr. Elementary school wasn’t picked to attend this year’s NASA student symposium in Houston, he was disappointed – motivated, too.

If anything, he said, it made him want to work harder. So he sent a balloon up to near space and captured some great video.

He won’t get a grade for his work, his teacher Liz Petry said she wants students to take risks and to learn from the process.

Read the full Virginian-Pilot story at http://hamptonroads.com/2012/05/suffolk-fifthgraders-project-sky-not-limit

On hearing of his success engineers from the NASA Langley Research Center visited his school, read the story at http://www.suffolknewsherald.com/2012/06/08/nasa-ventures-to-mack-benn/

Watch 5th Grade Independent study project from Tristan Jolley

5th Grader’s Near Space Flight

The Virginian-Pilot reports that when fifth-grader Tristan Jolley of Mack Benn Jr. Elementary school wasn’t picked to attend this year’s NASA student symposium in Houston, he was disappointed – motivated, too.

If anything, he said, it made him want to work harder. So he sent a balloon up to near space and captured some great video.

He won’t get a grade for his work, his teacher Liz Petry said she wants students to take risks and to learn from the process.

Read the full Virginian-Pilot story at http://hamptonroads.com/2012/05/suffolk-fifthgraders-project-sky-not-limit

On hearing of his success engineers from the NASA Langley Research Center visited his school, read the story at http://www.suffolknewsherald.com/2012/06/08/nasa-ventures-to-mack-benn/

Watch 5th Grade Independent study project from Tristan Jolley

Radio Amateur VK5ZAI on TV Show

Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI

Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI

This video shows Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI on the Channel 7 Today Tonight TV show talking about amateur radio and the ARISS schools program.

Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI's ARISS Satellite Ground Station in Kingston SE. South Australia

The show provides some great insights as to how Amateur Radio can provide support for NASA as well as raise public awareness through the ARISS schools program.

Tony VK5ZAI has provided many Telebridge links for the International Space Station (ISS) to schools around the world. An ISS Telebridge contact is where a dedicated ARISS amateur radio ground station, located somewhere in the world, establishes the radio link with the ISS. Voice communications between the students and the astronauts are then patched over regular telephone lines.

Watch ARISS Tony VK5ZAI on Today Tonight

ARISS co-ordinator VK5ZAI receives NASA award http://www.southgatearc.org/news/march2008/vk5zai.htm

ARISS and Ham Radio Opportunities video http://www.uk.amsat.org/8099

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station ARISS http://ariss.rac.ca/

SpaceX Dragon to Blast-Off to ISS

Classroom preperation for the student spaceflight experiments program SSEP

On Tuesday, May 22 at 07:44 UT SpaceX’s Dragon hopes to transport the student payload Aquarius on SSEP Mission 1 to the International Space Station (ISS).

The set of SSEP Mission 1 experiments, called Aquarius, was originally slated to fly aboard the Soyuz 30. But in an interesting twist of fate, the experiments were re-manifested on the maiden voyage of the SpaceX Dragon to the ISS. Aquarius not only becomes part of a historic first but also allows the space station to remain an out-of-this-world platform to engage students in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The SpaceX Dragon launch will be broadcast live on the Internet details at
http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

NASA – Space Station — Here We Come!
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/station-here-we-come.html

High School Students Build Amateur Radio CubeSat

TJ3Sat (pronounced TJ CubeSat) is scheduled to be the first satellite to be flown and built by high school students.

The satellite is a product of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s Systems Engineering class. During this three year long endeavor approximately 30 high school students ranging from sophomores to seniors will have contributed.

The project is broken down into individual subsystems that are assigned to groups of students. Each subsystem is assigned an industry representative that acts as a mentor to the students. In the end TJ3Sat will act as an educational resource for K-12 education worldwide.

The primary payload of the TJ3Sat is a TextSpeak module, which converts serial data into spoken voice. Coupled with the Stensat Radio, coded data will be transmitted to the satellite and will be relayed back to Earth over an Amateur Radio frequency.

It is understood the CubeSat uplink with be in the 435 MHz band with the downlink in the 145 MHz band.

Watch TJ CubeSat Fit Check

TJ3Sat http://tj3sat.wikidot.com/