IMP Aerospace & Defence, Goffs, NS, Canada, telebridge via IK1SLD


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IMP Aerospace & Defence, Goffs, NS, Canada, telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT
Contact is a go for: Sat 2018-11-24 19:05:09 UTC 50 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:

Click here for the details

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at IMP Aerospace & Defence, Goffs, NS, Canada on 24 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:05 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 http://www.ariotti.com (staRting about 10 to 15 minutes before AOS) and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/FtU9oQigifo

The IMP Company makes the Robotic Arms for the ISS and did for the Shuttles.

Despite the disappointment of having to cancel a previously planned ARISS in late September during our Family Day activities preparations for this next opportunity to speak with Serena are in full swing. The original participants who were selected from a pool of applications received from our IMP Aerospace and Avionics facilities are prepared and looking forward to taking part in this very unique opportunity. During the delay the youngsters were able to do additional research on station life and experiments which has resulted in some interesting questions that we hope Serena will enjoy. As an ARISS Mentor it’s very encouraging to see the level of interest from the entire group including parents.

As a contractor IMP Aerospace has a long history in the manufacture of space rated avionics components. This includes portions of STS Canadarm and the ISS Canadarm2 as well as numerous satellite and planetary rovers. The original contact was planned to take place in one of our maintenace hangars at Halifax Stanfield International Airport however with this new opportuntiy we have moved the venue to the Keshan Goodman Branch of the Halifax Public Library System. This been the site of previous ARISS contacts and always draws alot of attention. This location allows us to invite media as well as the general public to observe and share in the inspiration this contact has to offer. In addition to the usual pre-contact activities a presentation from the Halifax Center of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will focus on space based astronomy as well as specific instruction on how to identify visable ISS passes. The contact will also have a potential for global viewing as the contact will be simulcast from not only the library location but from the ground station located at IK1SLD in Northern Italy.

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

  1. What happens when you sneeze in space?

  2. What kind of physical training do you have to go through before going into space?

  3. Do you believe signs of life, past or present, will be found in our Solar System?

  4. What is the coolest thing you’ve seen from the Space Station?

5: How do you handle medical issues in space especially if they are life-threatening?

6: What’s it like to be an astronaut?

  1. What does it smell like inside the ISS?

  2. Is any food grown on the Space Station?

  3. How do you do laundry on the ISS?

  4. How does your spacesuit stay warm?

  5. In order to maintain altitude or avoid orbital debris a reboost or avoidance maneuver is performed. Can you feel that taking place inside the ISS?

  6. How long did it take for you to adjust to the weightless environment on the ISS?

  7. How does life spent on the underwater training laboratory “Aquarius” compare with life on the ISS?

  8. Is it noisy or quiet inside the space station?

  9. What has been the biggest health concern astronauts have had to deal with?

  10. What’s your favorite space meal?

  11. How do Astronauts take a shower in space?

  12. Does the entire crew gather for meals?

  13. What do you do in your spare time for entertainment?

  14. How do you know when to go to bed 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 www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.

Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN


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We had a great pass in Spain.
Very happy with my contribution to the project.