ARISS Contact - Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE), Kennedy Space Center, FL (CASIS#4), telebridge via W6SRJ

Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE), Kennedy Space Center, FL (CASIS#4), telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Ricky Arnold KE5DAU
Contact is a go for: Fri 2018-07-13 14:00:22 UTC 42 deg

Several stations were able to receive parts of the contact:

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 at the Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE), Kennedy Space Center, FL with participating students from Burns Science and Technology Charter School in Oak Hill, FL. on 13 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:00 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 W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

Burns Science and Technology Charter School is a K-8 public charter school operating within the Volusia County School District. It is a tuition free school, with an open admission policy. It is located in a rural area in the town of Oak Hill, Florida. The school is a STEM school, offering core curriculum, with emphasis on science, technology, and 21st century skills. The school has a strong belief that in order to prepare students for success in the 21st century, today’s learners must be able to think critically and creatively, work collaboratively, and master an ever-growing arena of skills. The school has 450 students, 25 classroom teachers, seven special area teachers, and two teaching assistants. The school’s mission is to cultivate learners and leaders who are inspired, able, and prepared to make a positive difference in the world.

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

  1. What is the most valuable item you’ve ever found or discovered in space?

  2. What experiments or items do you think would best help astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft on the trip to Mars?

  3. Do they allow you to bring any lucky charms aboard the ISS? What did or would you bring as your lucky charm?

  4. In 12 years, do you think you might get to go to Mars in the Orion MPCV for EM-2?

  5. What do you want to do as soon as you get back home?

  6. How does CIMON stabilize in antigravity? And, can CIMON be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot for games?

  7. Does CIMON have the capability to monitor air quality (gasses in particular), and are there multiple air quality sensors throughout the different sections of the ISS?

  8. Yesterday was my birthday, how many birthdays have been celebrated aboard the ISS?

  9. Will absolute zero ever be accomplished in the ISS, and if so, will the cooled atoms in the CAL have no motion at all; creating a wonderful opportunity to observe and experiment with quantum physics?

  10. What does it feel like wearing a spacesuit? Have there been any special suit modifications for astronauts who are more sensitive to having things touch their skin?

  11. Is Commander Drew Feustel going to try to beat his third-place record for cumulative time spacewalking during this mission?

  12. What sensors are used to collect data and determine the amount of Cosmic rays aboard the ISS? And who monitors that data over time?

  13. How do you draw blood in space for all the experiments requiring that? Do you have to use a special type of syringe?

  14. Is your daily routine regimented to a time zone, or can you sleep, wake, and work at times you choose?

  15. How long did it take to make CIMON and get it approved for this mission, and has anyone nicknamed it “HAL” yet?

  16. Do ambient noises sound different in the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) compared with the other sections of the ISS, and can you please record ambient sounds inside the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) for us?

  17. What happens if you take apart a jumbled Rubik’s cube and reassemble it correctly in front of CIMON? Will it detect that as cheating and call you out on it?

  18. Would Infrared lights help the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) cameras to see Earth when the ISS is looking at the night sides?

  19. Have you watched the new episodes of BattleBots on Discovery Channel? Our school S.T.E.A.M. Director JediJill, and I, and Ethan, and Cayden, and Sara from Team Kraken-BattleBots are all here today. Our robot’s primary weapon is a pneumatic crusher. What kind of pneumatics are used on board the ISS or the Soyuz?


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

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I have an idea if maybe for some of our Contacts I could match up times stamps on the ones that are recorded so we can say when I the recording the observation took place :slight_smile:

Map of the ground track, the above mentioned receiving SatNOGS ground stations and the ARISS contact site.

Interactive version: ariss_map/ARISSContact_map.geojson at master · kerel-fs/ariss_map · GitHub