Ecole Primaire Jean Jaurès et Arnaud, Troyes, France, telebridge via IK1SLD

Ecole Primaire Jean Jaurès et Arnaud, Troyes, France, telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Alexander Gerst KF5ONO
Contact was successful: Tue 2018-11-27 16:28:57 UTC 34 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: IK1SLD Telebridge ARISS CONTACT Nov. 27, 2018 - 16:29 UTC - YouTube

Congratulations and 73 to all!

More details about the contact from AMSAT-BB and AMSAT-BB:

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An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Ecole Primaire Jean Jaurès et Arnaud, Troyes, France

on 27 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:28 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 OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy 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 simulcast at (starting about 10 to 15 minutes before AOS)

Troyes is pronounced -[trwa]- but if it has been famous for centuries, it hasn’t got anything to do with the famous war in Greek mythology.

Original capital of the Champagne region, Troyes is a French city of artistic and historical importance located at one and a half hour from Paris.

At the heart of a French and European wide transport network, its strategic position made Troyes a centre of commercial influence during the Middle Ages

and the birth place of the ‘Champagne Fairs’.

Its 137 ha of protected land sits within the Seine diversion area which had been carried out in order to facilitate the textile industry.

Today, Troyes is the European capital of the outlet centres (4M visitors/year), and it remains the city of knitting as it has been since the Middle Ages

with brands such as Petit Bateau, DIM, Lacoste, Zadig et Voltaire, Absorba or Olympia having originated here.

Its town centre, nicknamed ‘Champagne cork’ (because of its shape viewed from above), harbours a vast quantity of artistic and architectural treasures:

10 churches (listed status) , 5 museums , 10,000m2 of stained glass windows dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries ,

One of the most important libraries in France (more than 750000 books) including a unique set of documentary materials from the Middle Ages

listed by UNESCO as a heritage site, The original editions of the Bible from Bernard de Clairvaux and the Diderot and d’Alembert Encyclopaedia.

An awarded city: Child friendly city, City of heritage and art, European Heritage site, 4 blooms - ‘cities in bloom’, 2nd champagne producer worldwide,

Active and sports friendly city, Troyes, 2015 disabled sports city, Cycling territory, Member of the OMS ‘Villes-Santé’ network. A genuine quality of life.

Within its vibrant life basin,Troyes offers all the benefits of a 180000 inhabitants urban area in terms of health infrastructure, education, culture,

services and shopping facilities. Troyes town centre is home to 140 national brands and a covered market opened 7 days a week.

Troyes provides a prime and pleasant environment as well as a fully pledged quality service offering and reasonable living costs.

Boasting 150 ha of green spaces within the city boundaries, the inner city offers more than 25m2 of nature per inhabitant.

120 km of cycle lanes link (among other) the city to the Forêtd’Orient lakes and 31 additional kms are being planned in the suburbs.

Our golden rule is proximity.With more than 10700 students - a number that has grown 5fold in the last 20 years - 30 higher education

and research institutes and more than 170 training programmes, Troyes is the 2nd most attractive city in its category for students.

Young city, Troyes boasts 35 state schools, 12 nurseries and 8 leisure centres.

School information:

Our school is divided into two: “Arnaud” Nursery and “Jean Jaures” primary schools.It hosts about 220 pupils from year 3 to year 11.

The school is built at the heart of the city centre nicknamed “Champagne cork” because of its shape viewed from above.

Arnaud Nursery is named after a painter, Marcel Arnaud.Jean Jaures Primary School is named after a famous French politician.

The pupils are delighted to work together and communicate on a common project.

They can discover new things about Astronomy and the International Space Station and they can help each other.

Participating in the ARISS project offers them the opportunity to develop their scientific knowledge, their critical mind and their desire to learn.

It gives meaning to what they learn, it combines their academic skills with the real world, and in the future, as citizens,

they might be able to change the society in which they live.

They are also excited and happy to be part of a project that develops their self-esteem and opens them up to the outside world.

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

  1. How are you doing?

  2. What is your best feeling in space?

  3. Can you see the colours of the stars?

  4. Have you ever seen any aliens?

  5. What’s your job on the ISS?

  6. Is it dangerous in space? If yes, what’s dangerous?

  7. Were you sad when the Soyuz rocket crashed last month?

  8. Where and how can you find oxygen to breathe?

  9. Is there a pipe that brings back your waste to Earth?

  10. What is a typical day like?

  11. Could you come and visit us in Troyes?

  12. What do you do when you are outside the station?

  13. What is beautiful in space?

  14. Do you come across satellites in space?

  15. Could you take a picture of Troyes, 48.176N and 4.046E?

  16. What personal things did you bring on board?

  17. Do you feel sick in space?

  18. How will you return to Earth?

  19. Is there a phone in the ISS to call Michel Tognini?

  20. Do you play games on board?

  21. Do you exercise on board?

  22. Do you sleep at night?


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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Concerning tomorrow’s ARISS contact with Ecole Primaire Jean Jaurès et Arnaud in Troyes, France, some of the original student questions have been changed. Refer to our original press release posting on Nov. 24, 2018 for a complete list of the original questions. Below are the new questions.

Q1: How are you enjoying your mission?

Q7: Were you sad about the Soyuz abort last month?

Q11: Will your future travels bring you to Troyes?

Q15: When taking photos of Earth, can you see Troyes?

Q19: Is there a phone on the ISS and do you ever have the chance to speak with French Astronaut Michel Togini from space?

Q22: Do you sleep when it is night outside?

Dave, AA4KN