[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Student Space Technology Association, Knoxville, TN USA

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Wed Aug 30 21:02:10 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Student Space Technology Association, Knoxville, TN on Aug 31. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:42 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and AA4UT. The contact should be audible over the state of Tennessee, USA 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.


The University of Tennessee Knoxville is an amazing school located in the hills of Tennessee. It is the largest campus in the state, hosting more than 30,000 students. This school is known for its engineering and science heritage, having close ties with research facilities such as Oak Ridge National Lab. Also, included in our alumni are 9 astronauts including the recent ISS inhabitant Scott Kelly. The Student Space Technology Association is looking forward to our contact with the International Space Station from our contact site at Hardin Valley Academy here in Knoxville. Our school is filled with thousands of eager students seeking to pursue careers in the space industry. With our vision of becoming a top-tier research school, our students are set to become the next leaders in STEM industries. We are excited to encourage the students at Hardin Valley Academy to pursue STEM areas at the university level.




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


1. Is it difficult to remain up to date on recent events on Earth?

2. Have there been any recent advancements made in ISS biological research     

   that could be applied on Earth?

3. How do you feel about riding on a commercial spacecraft like SpaceX's 

   Dragon Capsule as opposed to a government agency's craft? 

4. When doing research, or any other investigation, what kind of cleaning 

   processes do you use on your equipment, or even yourself, to avoid 

   contamination of material and equipment?

5. Has there been any research that has been done with the possible 

   application of zero g therapy to joint diseases such as arthritis. 

6. Having used current NASA spacesuits, are you excited about the new space 

   clothing developments being made like the Skinsuit?

7. Why does the vegetable growth experiment chamber have a pink-looking light 

   rather than a white light?

8. Are there any items/tools that are "lost" inside ISS?

9. How often do software updates occur on ISS? (***)

10. Are there any experiments related to additive manufacturing going on at 

    the moment?

11. Using the Haptics-2, how close do you think the technology is to 

    application on Mars? What kind of applications could you see the 

    technology being used for? Anything memorable from the experiment?

12. How often, and how, do you launch satellites from the ISS?

13. Are there plans to test means of producing artificial gravity in the near 


14. Can you talk about the inflatable module that was delivered to the ISS in 

    April of 2016?

15. Would there be any foreseeable benefits in performing complex medical 

    operations (such as open heart surgery) in a zero g environment.

16. How did the ROSA deployment go?

17. What was the solar eclipse viewing experience from space?

18. What 'treat' from the Dragon cargo - ice cream or fresh avocado - was the 

    most popular?

19. What has been your most interesting experiment?

20. What type of container do the rodents and fruit flies travel back to 

    earth in?

21. What major differences have you found in the ISS since your last mission?

22. Do you get to eat any plants that are growing on the ISS?

23. What are some of the things that are you doing that are results of 

    research done on the ISS?

24. What are some of the changes to space clothing you use like Skinsuit?

25. How difficult is it to learn to sleep in zero gravity?




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Next planned event(s):


      1. West Virginia University, Lane Dept. of Computer Science &   

         Electrical Engineering, Morgantown, WV, direct via W8CUL 

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA 

         Contact is a go for: Mon 2017-09-04 15:50 UTC 


      2. Meadows Elementary School, Manhattan Beach, CA, direct via KM6BWB 

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS 

         The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA 

         Contact is a go for: Fri 2017-09-08 17:05 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), 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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