ARISS Contact - Kenilworth School and Sixth Form, Kenilworth, United Kingdom, direct via GB4KHS


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Kenilworth School and Sixth Form, Kenilworth, United Kingdom, direct via GB4KHS
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT
Contact is go for: Fri 2018-12-14 12:55:54 UTC 70 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CcrQ9chotU

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 Kenilworth School and Sixth Form, Kenilworth, United Kingdom on 14 Dec. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:55 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and GB4KSN. The contact should be audible over the United Kingdom 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. Watch for live stream at: https://live.ariss.org/

Kenilworth School and Sixth Form is located in the historic town of Kenilworth in Warwickshire England, we are effectively in the dead centre of England. The school is made up of 1880 students and just over 200 teaching and support staff. We are a true comprehensive school meaning that we do not select students on their academic abilities when starting school and teach students with a range of academic abilities. This being said, we are the top performing non selective school in the whole of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull based on last year’s GCSE results and have been judged as an Outstanding school by Ofsted and have recently been awarded World Class School status.

The school has a successful and very popular Space, Rocket and Robotics extra-curricular club run by Mr Harwood - Suther. Students have taken part in many activities such as building their own Galilean telescopes, rocket cars and taking part in a number of robotic competitions organised by VEX, as well as taking part in regular stargazing events. We have also been extremely lucky to have hosted samples of moon rock for our students to look at on two occasions.

The school has also been awarded the Space Education Quality Mark (Silver) as well as the Teen Tech Award Centre for Innovation (Silver).

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

  1. What surprised you the most when you entered space?

  2. Do you believe there is some form of living extra-terrestrial intelligent lifeforms beyond earth, not just bacteria and fossils?

  3. During your training would you be able to describe your hardest moment and your most enjoyable experience from your training?

  4. How do you find the food in space compared to when you are back on earth?

  5. When you were a child did you always know you wanted to be an astronaut and fly to space?

  6. Where would you prefer to live, on board The ISS or Earth?

  7. What kind of plant life can be grown on the ISS as there is no oxygen or CO2 in space?

  8. Why do liquids when poured out in space, always form round blobs?

  9. From information that I have read, male astronauts say that “space” smells very metallic. Is it any different for female astronauts in space?

  10. How will it be possible to live on Mars and plant trees, flowers, and create an earth like environment?

  11. If you are in space, how does the zero gravity make you taller?

  12. Is the sunrise brighter than on earth?

  13. I am interested about Europa which orbits Jupiter. If life was found on Europa, what are the biological protocols to protect indigenous life and samples on or from other worlds?

  14. How long did it take to get used to life on the space station?

  15. What is the daily day to day routine in regards to personal hygiene?

  16. This is your first visit to the to the International Space Station. What are your thoughts on another opportunity and perhaps take part in a spacewalk?

  17. Does it feel like you’re moving when you’re on the ISS or do you just feel as though you are floating in the emptiness of space?

  18. What do you think will change in space stations in the future decade?

  19. What’s your favourite thing to do in space?

  20. When you come back to earth do you see the earth differently than you did before you left?

  21. What is the strangest thing you have seen in space?

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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 www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.

Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN