Archive - May 2006 - Story
Several ARISS members attended Space Center Houston on Thursday, May 25 to hear Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, speak about his time aboard the ISS. ARISS Chairman and AMSAT V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, took the opportunity to present a plaque to Bill for his honorary Worked All States award, having contacted amateur radio stations from all 50 states during his Expedition 12 mission.
It may sound like a rewrite of history, but Columbus is leaving Germany and heading to the shores of Florida. This Columbus isn't looking for new lands to explore; it has a final destination in space. As a component of the International Space Station, the Columbus Laboratory's final earthly stop is the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Monday 22 May 2006 at 13:28 UTC, i.e. 15:28 local time, the primary school "Virgilio" in Mestre near the city of Venice in northern Italy performed a radio contact with US astronaut Jeffrey Williams, KD5TVQ, onboard the International Space Station.
The primary school was built in 1980, and its name is "Virgilio" like the name of an important Roman emperor poet's name. It's a big school with two floors and a wonderful garden. In the school, there are 210 pupils and 23 teachers, and only one of them is a man; all the other teachers are women. There are ten classrooms, a library with many books, a computer room, a gym, a music room and a video room, an English room and a dining hall.
ARISS SCHOOL CONTACT PLANNED WITH PRIMARY SCHOOL IN VENICE
An International Space Station Expedition 13 ARISS school contact has been planned with students at Virgilio Primary School, Venice, Italy on Monday, 22 May 2006. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 13:28 UTC, which is 15:28 local time.
The contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and IW3GPO. During the first 5 minutes of the contact, the downlink signals should be audible from Ireland to central Europe and north Africa and during the following 5 minutes in eastern Europe and Turkey. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz downlink.
The Russian state arms trading agent Rosoboronexport and the Malaysian government have signed a contract for training the first Malaysian cosmonaut and sending him to the International Space Station (ISS). On the Russian side, the contract was signed by Rosoboronexport Deputy General Director Viktor Komardin; on the Malaysian side, by Defense Ministry Secretary General Tan Sri Subhan Jasmon, an Interfax correspondent reported from the ceremony.
In space this week, a satellite flew within a satellite. International
Space Station Flight Engineer Jeff Williams "piloted" a unique
spacecraft in three dimensions for the first time around the pressurized
Destiny module. The demonstration tested the basics of formation flight
and autonomous docking that could be useful in multiple spacecraft
formation flying in the future.
Thanks to the magic of Amateur Radio, ISS Expedition 13 Flight Engineer Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, on May 11 helped to satisfy the curiosity of youngsters attending Yoneda-Nishi Elementary School in Tagasako, Japan, about life in space. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program arranged the direct VHF contact between NA1SS in space and 8N3Y at the school. Williams told the Yoneda-Nishi pupils that it's "quite an honor and a privilege" to be an astronaut. But he noted that it can be dangerous work, even aboard the ISS.
Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2006-05-13 19:00 UTC
Virgilio Primary School, Mestre, Venice, Italy, direct via IZ5ENH
Mon 2006-05-22 13:28 UTC 41 deg(***)
Total number of ARISS school contacts is 240.
Mechanical vibration tests of the L/S-band antennas will be done in the next few days.
Thanks to Gaston Bertels ON4WF for this news.
Representatives of AMSAT-NA and the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program staffed a Space Day 2006 exhibit May 5 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. The ARISS teamexhibited various pieces of ISS hardware and AMSAT representatives explained the process of building small satellites. On display were the California Polytechnic Institute CubeSat model and several picosats. Popular with youngsters--including these Boy Scouts--who stopped by was the opportunity to listen to recorded ARISS school contacts. The museum kept extended hours for the occasion. Among those staffing the exhibit were (L-R in photo) ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Past AMSAT-NA President Perry Klein, W3PK, and Bill Boston, N3DCI. "We gave out several hundred ARRL and other brochures. "There was so much interest, I lost my voice by the end of the day and still haven't gotten it back fully!" Klein quipped this week. Others assisting included APRS guru and satellite experimenter Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, Ken Nichols, KD3VK (who took the photo), Bob McCown, N3IYI, and AMSAT-NA Director of Education and Board member H. Paul Shuch, N6TX. Space Day was sponsored by Lockheed Martin.