[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with H.A.L. School, Lucknow, India

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed May 11 04:46:28 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at H.A.L. School, Lucknow, India on 12 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:11 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 NA1SS and K6DUE. The contact should be audible over the eastern U.S. 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.



Nestled in cosy, lush green and safe sphere is the prestigious education hub HAL School has inscribed a saga of success!  Installed in 1974, the school has come a long way. The visionary founders dreamed of an ideal and prosperous institution whose torch bearers and pupils would write a history of academic excellence besides versatility in additional activities. Teachers burnt midnight oil and left no stone unturned and the students responded with equal dedication and brought laurels. Being a member of HAL factory, school frequently bore the responsibility of hosting memorable guests from Russia and celebrities like first Indian astronaut Wg.cdr Rakesh Sharma (Retd), President (Late) APJ Abdul Kalam etc.  


 The school not only organized but also participated in major events organized by HAL Factory year by year. The recent activity which has caught momentum is ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) which is active all the world over and now has come as a great opportunity for HAL School to be the first in state (Uttar Pradesh) to contact with International Space Station and eminent astronauts, participate in seminars, presentations and workshops and associate themselves with radio academically. The School has been involved in many Amateur Radio activities like Amateur radio demonstration for students, JOTA for Scouts & Guides etc. There were 6 students who took the Amateur Radio licences during their studies in school.


Workshops by eminent counsellors/experts/guest faculty/agencies from various fields benefitted the students in personality development and career counselling/awareness/advice. Year by year the number of such sessions has multiplied and continues till date. The concrete and farsighted plans and strategies are being worked upon. Innovation, modification, changes and publicity efforts are on to make better the things. The improved education, basic facilities, performance of both teacher and taught, inclusion of teachers training/orientation programmes are in pipe line for makeover of the school.



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


1.  Is the atmosphere of Mars suitable for living?

2.  Did you ever see aliens in space?

3.  Have you measured the temperature outside of ISS during space walk?

4.  What are your three favourite things about being in spaceship?

5.  What challenges have you faced in space?

6.  How is the atmosphere of Mars?

7.  Did you find any adjustment problem during your journey?

8.  Which city (area) on the earth is most illuminated as you have seen from 


9.  What do you want to do in future?

10.  What we should do to become an astronaut?

11.  What was your inspiration for being an astronaut?

12.  Have you seen solar / lunar / earth eclipse from ISS?

13.  How will the garbage affect the earth?

14.  Which type of antenna do you use to communicate with us?

15.  Why do you wear special suits? What will happen if you do not use this 


16.  Does microgravity make your body tired or sick?

17.  What will happen if we fire a bullet in space?

18.  Do you bring your favourite items from earth?

19.  Have the astronauts of Apollo 18 seen any alien? Is this true or false?

20.  What do the stars look like from up in space?






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Next planned event(s):

   1. AstroNuts Kids Space Club Academy, David Dunlap 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 




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), and the 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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