ARISS Contact - Students for the Exploration & Development of Space, College Station, TX, direct via W5QZ

Students for the Exploration & Development of Space, College Station, TX, direct via W5QZ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Scott Tingle KG5NZA
Contact is a go for: Thu 2018-05-03 17:22:31 UTC 47 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 with participants at Students for the Exploration & Development of Space, College Station, TX on 03 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:22 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and W5QZ. The contact should be audible over the U.S. state of Texas 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.

Texas A&M University opened its doors in 1876 as the state’s first public institution of higher learning. Today, we stand as a research-intensive flagship university dedicated to sending Aggie leaders out into the world prepared to take on the challenges of tomorrow. Located in the heart of the Houston-Dallas-Austin triangle, Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station is home to more than 62,500 students.

In our ARISS Program, we mentored students across the state of Texas. Participation ranged from 350 student Allen Academy in Bryan to 15,000 student districts like Harlandale ISD in San Antonio and Rockwall ISD near Dallas. Student diversity varied with location - some schools reported 89% economically disadvantaged, some 97% Hispanic, some 33% At-Risk and others 22% Black.

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

  1. What is your favorite meal to eat on the ISS?

  2. Does being in space change how you dream?

  3. What do you do on your way back down to Earth?

  4. Are you able to talk to your family from space?

  5. How old were you when you decided to pursue your dream of being an Astronaut?

  6. What happens if you sneeze in your spacesuit during a space walk?

  7. What happens to your tears if you cry in space?

  8. Does it ever scare you that you might collide with an old satellite or other large object?

  9. What things have you seen floating in space?

  10. How does your body feel when you first get into zero gravity?

  11. What happens when someone gets sick in space other than tiny problems?

  12. Do you still have the R2 Droid on the ISS and how does it help?

  13. What is the most unusual man-made thing on Earth you have seen from space?

  14. What is something you or most Astronauts do in their free time?

  15. What do you do if water drops float away and you can’t catch them?

  16. How is your oxygen supply replenished?

  17. When you return to Earth, do you feel any difference in your body?

  18. What is the funniest moment you had in space?

  19. If given the option, would you accept a mission to Mars?

  20. What is your favorite experiment you have done in the ISS?


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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