[amsat-bb] ARISS contact with Ashfield Primary School, Otley, West Yorkshire, UK

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue May 3 14:53:41 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Ashfield Primary School, Otley, West Yorkshire, UK on 05 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:08 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between GB1SS and GB1APS. The contact should be audible over the UK 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.



Ashfield Primary School is a smaller than average school situated in a small market town, north of Leeds. Whilst Otley is a relatively affluent area, a high proportion of our pupils come from the Weston Estate - an area of significant deprivation. 

Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. Very few speak English as an additional language but this number is increasing. An above average proportion of pupils have special educational needs and/or disabilities and an above average number of pupils are eligible for pupil premium (40%).  Over recent years the school has sought to raise the aspirations of the pupils and their parents as a high proportion of the children come from 2nd/3rd generation NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) families. 

We are a 1 form entry primary with 200 pupils.




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


1.   How can I come and see you?

2.   If you blow a bubble in space what shape will it be and will it last 


3.   How do you communicate with people down below?

4.   Are your space clothes itchy or soft?

5.   Although you are with other members up in the ISS do you ever get 


6.   What would happen to a balloon in the ISS that isn't attached to a 


7.   Does helium work the same in space?

8.   How tall are you now on the ISS?

9.   Is there space candy?

10.   How do you get home from the space station?

11.   What are washing machines like in space and how do you clean your 


12.   What does the Earth look like at night from the ISS?

13.   What does space smell like?

14.   How often do you look out of the window to see planet earth?

15.   What is the best thing about the countdown and why?

16.   How do you stop your food from floating?

17.   What is the best thing about being in zero gravity?

18.   What is it like in space at night time?

19.   How many miles up are you and why?

20.   What happens to your organs in space?






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Next planned event(s):


      1. All Saints STEAM Academy (AS2A), Middletown, Rhode Island, 

         direct via N1ASA 

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ

         Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-05-06 16:43:47 UTC  

         Watch for the live simulcast at                



      2. The Kings School, Ottery St Mary, Devon, UK, direct via GB1OSM

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

         Contact is a go for: Mon 2016-05-09 09:26:30 UTC 

         Watch for HamTV during this contact. 


      3. H.A.L. School, Lucknow, India, telebridge via K6DUE 

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN

         Contact is a go for Option #7: Thu 2016-05-12 08:11:20 UTC 


      4. AstroNuts Kids Space Club Academy, Duncan Observatory, Richmond         

         Hill, Ontario, Canada, telebridge via W6SRJ

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS 

         The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

         Contact is a go for Option #1: Sat 2016-05-14 17:37:12 UTC 




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Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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