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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station -- ARISS

Questions - one child from each grade asked a question in turn, then asked their second question - about 10 minutes connection

  • Kinders: Do you keep food cold? Do you have a refrigerator?
  • 1st: What do you miss most about the earth? How do you take a bath in space?
  • 2nd: What food do you miss the most while in space? I'm in the 2nd grade. What do I need to learn so I could become an astronaut?
  • 3rd: What is the brightest city you can see from space and how do you know it is that city? What planets can you see from the ISS?
  • 4th: What is one project you are working on now?
  • 5th: How do you get oxygen in the ISS? Do you ever get claustrophobic and if so, what can you do about it?
  • 6th: Does being in space affect your metabolism? Are you hungrier or less hungrt in space? How do you recycle water to drink on the ISS?
  • 7th: When you are on a spacewalk, were you ever afraid? We have our own ham radio club. When in the best time to make an unscheduled contact with the ISS?
  • 8th: What do you have Robonaut 2 doing on the ISS now? Do you think that mankind or families will ever be able to live in space? Who or what inspired you to become an astronaut?

Press Release 2012.09.07


Burns Science and Technology Charter School ( via ARISS program ( will be chatting with Expedition 32 crew members ( aboard the ISS on Thursday, September 13th at 2:21 PM EDT for 10 minutes of live radio communication.

Coordinated efforts of the school, NASA, the Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association and myriad volunteers are providing the Burns Sci-Tech students with this once in a lifetime experience. Besides the thrill of communicating with the space station, these lucky kids are applying science, math and technology they are learn in Burns classrooms (some of which are recycled buildings from the NASA space shuttle program). To help prepare the students for this most exciting experience, NASA educators have visited Burns Sci-Tech, demonstrating some of the inventions (Velcro, disposable diapers, medical telemetry) which have come from the space program.

Governor Scott and many local dignitaries have been invited to attend the ARISS radio relay. The RSVP list is not available at this time.

For further information, contact

  • Progress Report - Burn’s Scientific and Technology Academy and the International Space Station Project - On Saturday, August 18th at Burn’s Science and Technology in Oak Hill, nine (9) amateur radio operators gathered to help put up the temporary tower for the International Space Station (ISS) contact. Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association, Inc.

Publicity - Include: - - Number of students, teachers, and parents who were present - - Names and titles of any dignitaries who attended - - Names of the media that covered the event (newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations). - - If articles are available online, provide the URLs. - - If you have the capability to scan articles which are not available online, please forward these to ARISS. - - If any mentors, radio operators, teachers or students were interviewed by the media, please see if these can be made available to ARISS.

Time of application • Ensure planned school amateur radio station set-up is sufficient for contact (or request telebridge but ensure local hams are still working with the school) • Complete application. • Prepare a robust educational proposal. • Submit plans for ways to include many youths. • Submit statistics on student and community demographics. • Submit media coverage proposal. • Include school calendar covering one year. • Submit application with educational proposal. • Note receipt of an e-mail from ARISS that your application and accompanying papers were received. • Note receipt of an e-mail from ARISS that your application was approved or if not, why it was not.

ARISS notifies school of time slot options and assigned ARISS school mentor • Prepare school station for contact. • Prepare news release. • Contact the media. • Invite parents, community and local officials

3-4 weeks prior to contact • U.S. schools provide number of teachers and students who will participate in ARISS contact to Clint Bradford

2-3 weeks prior to contact • Submit student names, ages and questions. • Submit a 2 or 3 paragraph description of your school and indicate how radio contact preparations are proceeding, and how lesson plans about science, technology, space, and wireless technology are proceeding. • Obtain signed Student Release Forms. • Submit Release Forms

1 week prior to contact • School is notified of assigned time slot • U.S. schools only: Look for teacher and student paper surveys which will be mailed to the school by NASA-Johnson Space Center (JSC) Education Office.

24 hours prior to contact • Submit the form 24 hours ARISS School Contact Confirmation • Remind the media.

Immediately following contact • U.S. Schools only: All teachers and students (grades 4-12) complete the NASA paper survey forms immediately following your contact and return them to the NASA Education Office. A commemorative picture of the ISS will be sent once the NASA surveys are returned.

1-3 days after contact • All schools download, fill out and e-mail the ARISS Activity Report (evaluation form) found at this link ( to Rita Wright ( within 1-3 days after your contact.

3 days after contact • Submit mp3 file, initial photos, statistics, media coverage, summary.

2 weeks after contact • Video and follow up photos, etc

ARISS School Contact Checklist.txt 17 July 2012 20:00 UTC