ARISS Contact - Ashford School, Ashford, CT, direct via KZ1M

Ashford School, Ashford, CT, direct via KZ1M
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT
Contact is a go for: Mon 2018-10-22 13:05:49 UTC 49 deg

Several stations were able to receive parts of the contact:

Map of the ground track, the above mentioned SatNOGS ground stations and the contact site:

video stream: Ashford ARISS - YouTube

Congratulations and 73 to all!

More details about the contact from AMSAT-BB:

Click here for the details

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Ashford School, Ashford, CT on 10 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:39 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KZ1M. The contact should be audible over the state of Connecticut and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

Students at Ashford School are busy learning about Space in preparation for their ARISS contact. The sixth graders made model rockets while learning about force, the elementary students are coding robots on a Giant Mars Map (thanks to the Share Space Foundation), middle school students are creating robotic arms that can take simulated rock samples, and all the students will get to build an FM radio with snap circuits to learn more about how radios work.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

  1. Do you wear sunscreen on the International Space Station?

  2. Do butterflies just float on the International Space Station or do they use their wings to fly?

  3. What is strangest thing you have ever seen in Space?

  4. How do you protect yourself from meteors on the International Space Station?

  5. What food is the most fun or the messiest to eat in Space?

  6. What inspired you to become an astronaut and who do you look up to?

  7. What is the hardest thing about having zero gravity?

  8. If someone becomes sick, then what do you do?

  9. Have you ever been in an emergency situation on the ISS and what was the solution to that problem?

  10. What powers rockets?

  11. Do you think humans will go to Mars?

  12. How long before we go to Mars?

  13. What kinds of technology do you use on the Space Station?

  14. What does it feel like emotionally to be in Space, and to see the world from such a unique perspective?

  15. How many flips have you done in a row?

  16. Can you get dizzy in Space?


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 (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 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. For more information, see,, and

Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN