ARISS Contact - Glenden State School, Glenden, Queensland, Australia, telebridge via VK5ZAI

Glenden State School, Glenden, Queensland, Australia, telebridge via VK5ZAI
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT
Contact is a go for: Fri 2018-08-24 09:45:17 UTC 54 deg

Several stations were able to receive parts of the contact:

Map of the ground track, the above mentioned SatNOGS ground stations and the telebridge station VK5ZAI:

Congratulations to all!

More details about the scheduled contact from AMSAT-BB:

Click here for the details

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Glenden State School, Glenden, Queensland, Australia

on 24 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:45 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK5ZAI. The contact should be audible over Australia 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.

Glenden State School is an Education Queensland School that caters for approximately 100 students in primary and secondary education from Prep to Year 12. The school is two hours west of Mackay and is situated in a mining town. Everyone who lives in the town either works for Glencore Newlands coal mine or in essential services. The town was constructed and is owned by the mine. The school has a positive partnership with the mine, and many of our secondary students participate in traineeships in a range of areas across the mine, while all year 10 students complete a Resources and Infrastructure certificate through the mine. We are somewhat isolated and so the community works together to create opportunities in sports and recreation.

Our core values are that we aim for safety, respect and success, our logo being a rising eagle. Our mission is to encourage quality educational experiences, embracing an inclusive environment that values diversity and the needs of all learners. In partnership with parents and the community we aim to foster responsibility, pride and respect for self and others while finding worth within learning, so all may achieve goals that will celebrate personal success and make a positive contribution to society. Our purpose is to have every child achieving, every day.

While we focus on improvement across literacy and numeracy across Prep - 12, we foster positive behaviour through proactive Positive Behaviour Learning. Our uniqueness lies in our ability to know and see every student as an individual and nurture them in their gifts and talents and towards continuous improvement. We have established an innovated STEM program and a Maker Space where students engage in robotics and engineering activities.

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

  1. What does the moon look like from the ISS?

  2. What’s your space suit made out of?

  3. Have you seen any UFOs from the ISS?

  4. Do you freeze up there without your space suit on?

  5. How long does it take to get to the moon?

  6. What you do on the space station?

  7. Do you get to go outside and if so what preparation is required?

  8. Does a magnetic compass behave differently in space?

  9. How do you become an astronaut and what advice would you give us?

  10. How long are you up there for and what do you miss the most?

  11. What food do you eat and how do you eat it without gravity in space?

  12. How do you take care of yourself and your body in space?

  13. What do you do if you get sick?

  14. Why did you want to be an astronaut?

  15. How long does it take to get used to zero gravity?

  16. What is the most amazing sight you have seen when you looked through your


  17. Why don’t you run out of oxygen on the International Space Station?

  18. What plans are there for the future expansion of the International Space


  19. Have any of the past scientific experiments on the Space Station had a

    real world impact on Earth?

  20. How do you communicate with your family?