ARSPEX

Double successful Italian school contact with Frank de Winne

On Friday June 12th 2009 at 06:53 UTC, i.e. 08:53 local time, the Liceo “A. Bafile”, located in L’Aquila, established a radio contact with ESA astronaut Frank De Winne, ON1DWN, onboard the International Space Station. A second contact between the school-tent and De Winne took place during the following pass, at 08:29 UTC, i.e. 10:29 local time. Due to the recent earthquake, the station was set up in a tent located in the ITIS “Amedeo d’Aosta” school garden. The students involved in the contact were from several schools from L’Aquila, including “Amedeo D’Aosta” high school and “Duca Degli Abruzzi” primary school.

TWO ARISS CONTACTS PLANNED FOR ASTRONAUT FRANK DE WINNE ON FRIDAY 12 JUNE 2009

Two Expedition 20 ARISS school contacts have been planned for ESA astronaut Frank De Winne on Friday 12 June 2009. At 06.52 UTC, which is 08.52 CEST, \"A.Bafile\" college in L\'Aquila, Italy will establish direct radio contact with the ISS.
 
In the early morning of the 6th of April 2009 L\'Aquila and its schools suffered a devastating earthquake, reaching amplitude of 6.7 on Richter\'s scale. Major damage to the city and manu casualties have restrained activity. The historic and artistic treasures underwent extensive, and in some cases permanent damage. The quake has killed about 300 people, with at least 70,000 left homeless. Liceo Scientifico \"A. Bafile\" is currently operating under a school-tent at \"Colle Sapone\" site, together with other secondary schools of L\'Aquila.  Currently more than 500 students, aged 13 to 18, are attending courses under tents provided by the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) and by the Civil Defense (DPC).

The ARISS contact will be between IZ6BAJ and OR4ISS. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English. Downlink signals will be audible all over Europe on 145.800 MHz FM.

A second ARISS school contact is planned on Friday 12 June at 11.38 UTC, which is 13.38 CEST, with Vrije Basisschool Terbank-Egenhoven, Heverlee, Belgium.

ARISS contact planned with Mahopac public library, New York

An Expedition 19 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Mahopac Public Library, New York on Wednesday 03 June 2009. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:47 UTC, which is 17:47 CEST. The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and ON4ISS. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English. Downlink signals will be audible all over Europe on 145.800 MHz FM.

ARISS VOIP coordinator Graham Lawton G7EVY will distribute the radiocontact over *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* Conference nodes.

Astronaut onboard ISS talks with students at Flemish Space Days, Belgium

US astronaut Michael Barratt KD5MIJ, onboard the International Space Station, answered questions from students at Flemish Space Days Exhibition in Leuven, Belgium on Sunday 10 May 2009. The radio contact was established by ARISS telebridge ground station W6SRJ, Santa Rosa California, operated by Geoff KK6JAB and Herb K6QXB. Radio signals between NA1SS and W6SRJ were excellent. Michael Barratt answered all 20 questions prepared by the students.