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2008-12-29 ARISS Status

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Status Report
December 29, 2008

1. Upcoming School Contacts

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled with Technopolis in Mechelen, Belgium on Saturday, January 3 at 10:35 UTC via telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia. The mission of Technopolis is to bring science and technology to the public. The center has permanent and temporary exhibits and organizes workshops, school activities and other outreach activities. The ARISS contact will be open to all school children 6 -18 years of age and will be supported through a workshop, lecture or science show. 

Aaxam Jatiya Vidyalaya in Guwahati, India has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Wednesday, January 7 at 07:54 UTC via telebridge station W6SRJ in California. Approximately 1300 students are enrolled at the school.  All students are taught in Assamese with English taught as a compulsory second language.  

2. Michigan Museum Contact Successful

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Saturday, December 27. Approximately 100 people witnessed the contact as 13 students posed one question each to Mike Fincke, KE5AIT. The audio was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT and JK1ZRW servers and received 15 connections from 8 countries.  Three newspapers sent reporters to cover the event. The Ann Arbor News posted an article to its Web site.  See: http://www.mlive.com/annarbor/stories/index.ssf?/base/news-30/1230450021247830.xml&coll=2

To view the Ann Arbor Chronicle story, go to:

3. Spaceflight Participants Interviewed

Technology Review interviewed the ISS spaceflight participants. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) equipment is mentioned. Go to:

4. AMSAT Report Posted

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) held its 2008 Annual Meeting and Space Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia in October. The president's State of AMSAT report includes a status on SuitSat-2.  The report has been posted to the AMSAT Web site.  See: http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/pdfs/2008_Annual_Meeting/2008-10-25_WD4ASW_Annual_Meeting.pdf

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