ARISS Status October 17, 2011

ARISS

Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contacts
2. Italian Students Hook Up with Astronaut Mike Fossum via ARISS
3. Amateur Radio Club Contacts ISS
4. Astronaut Participates in JOTA
5. Kiroli -ARISS Contact Participants Interviewed
6. ARRL Newsletter on Simulated ARISS Contact
7. ARRL Letter Covers ARISS
8. ARRL QST Posts ARISS News
9. Amateur Radio Newsline Covers McFadin Interview
10. Astronaut Training Status

1. Upcoming School Contacts
Seiryo Elementary School, Seto, Aichi, Japan has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, October 18 at 08:33 UTC. The school was established in 1975 and has an enrollment of 667 students. The contact will highlight the science curriculum which covers electricity, space and technology.

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled for Zespol Szkol Technicznych in Rybnicka, Slask, Poland on Friday, October 21 at 16:38 UTC. SP9PKS radio club members have been working with the school to prepare for the contact. Lesson plans have covered construction of radio equipment, contacts via LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellites and meteorites.

2. Italian Students Hook Up with Astronaut Mike Fossum via ARISS
Students from Istituto Superiore “G. Curcio,” Ispica, Italy participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Friday, October 14 via telebridge station W6SRJ in California. Mike Fossum, KF5AQG answered 14 questions posed to him by the youth. He talked about what it is like to live in space, the problems encountered while working in microgravity and the experiments being conducted on the Space Station. The contact was integrated into the science curriculum covering astronomy.

3. Amateur Radio Club Contacts ISS
On Saturday, October 15, an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was held between the Amateur Radio Morioka Club located in Morioka, Japan and Satoshi Furukawa, KE5DAW on the ISS. Seventeen students were able to ask questions of the astronaut during the radio connection. Student participants were those who went through difficult times after the tsunami devastation on March 11.

4. Astronaut Participates in JOTA
Astronaut Mike Fossum, KF5AQG participated in the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) event. Fossum, a scoutmaster, spoke with scouts from several st