ARISS Contact - Indian Trails Middle School, Winter Springs, FL, telebridge via VK4KHZ

Indian Trails Middle School, Winter Springs, FL, telebridge via VK4KHZ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT
Contact is a go for: Thu 2018-09-27 17:52:47 UTC 74 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:

Congratulations and 73 to all!

More details about the contact from AMSAT-BB:

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An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Indian Trails Middle School, Winter Springs, FL

on 27 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:52 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 VK4KHZ. The contact should be audible over portions of 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.

Indian Trails Middle School is a 6th through 8th grade Seminole County public Middle School located in Winter Springs Florida. The school is a 5 Star rated with exemplary community involvement. As a recipient of the Gold and Silver Awards, the school has demonstrated exemplary involvement in volunteer programs. Indian Trails Middle School has a student body of 1246 students. Students strive for excellence in academics, arts, physical fitness and future ready skills. A staff of 94 teachers, administrators, and support personnel pride themselves on instilling these skills and values in our students. Students are offered over 20 different elective choices to broaden their minds to numerous opportunities while developing a strong academic core. Electives such as robotics and renewable energy are popular among the student population. The mission of the Indian Trails Middle School Community is to provide all students a safe, supportive environment where academic excellence is encouraged, individual strengths and talents are fostered, and respect for the rights of others prevail.

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

  1. What complications arise when working on the ISS and how are they overcome?

  2. How are your energy levels affected by the irregular sleep schedule and intensive exercise regime?

  3. What kinds of experiments aboard the ISS influence the progress of putting humans on Mars?

  4. Is there anything you wish you could have trained more on before you went to space?

  5. My grandfather was an astronaut, Stuart Roosa (Apollo 14) and I never had the chance to ask him: What is the most beautiful thing about space?

  6. What type of studies do you conduct and how do they help us here on planet Earth?

  7. If I want to be an astronaut, what advice would you give me?

  8. I know usually in an airplane, in high altitude, my taste buds get thrown off. Does that happen with you being in space?

  9. What is the most challenging obstacle to overcome to grow vegetation in space?

  10. How is working underwater and working in space similar and can you apply marine studies to anything in space?

  11. After being aboard the ISS for such a long period of time, does it start to feel like a home to you?

  12. Can you see the Tesla Roadster? What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen from the ISS?

  13. If the ISS was ever pushed off trajectory, would you feel it and what would you do about it?

  14. What is one thing that you wish people would ask you about being an astronaut, but you never get asked?

  15. Has your metabolism been affected due to microgravity? If so, how?

  16. When creating the ISS, what was the goal in mind? Was that goal accomplished?

  17. Which experiment that you have done aboard the ISS interested you the most?

  18. What is the hardest thing to adapt to in space?

  19. What was the hardest thing you did during training to prepare for the mission?

  20. What made you decide to be an astronaut?

  21. What is your favorite part of your day aboard the ISS?

  22. How did you feel the first day in microgravity?

  23. How does your previous career affect how you approach things now as an astronaut?

  24. Is space travel everything that you thought it was going to be? What is something that surprised you?


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