Upcoming ariss contact Schedule as of 2012-01-01 21: 30 utc quick list of scheduled contacts and events

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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2012-01-01 21:30 UTC
Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:
Historical Museum of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland direct via SP2ZIE

Contact was successful: Sat 2011-12-31 14:04:02 UTC 50 deg (***)

New record for the most events in one year! (***)
Zespół Szkół nr 2, Żuromin, Poland, direct via SP5PMD

Contact is a go for: Mon 2012-01-02 12:05:46 UTC 44 deg

ARISS thanks all of the mentors, telebridge ground stations, education committee members, and other support folks for a job well done! (***)
We especially thank all of the ISS crew members for their interest in supporting ARISS. We know the school kids really appreciate their efforts. (***)

Note, all times are approximate. It is recommended that you do your own orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before the listed time.

All dates and times listed follow International Standard ISO 8061 date and time format YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS

Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 690. (***)

Each school counts as 1 event.
Year Direct % Telebridge % Direct/ % Direct/ Total

Direct Telebridge Telebridge Telebridge

2000 1 100.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 1

2001 25 59.52 17 40.48 0 0.00 42

2002 25 60.98 16 39.02 0 0.00 41

2003 29 74.36 10 25.64 0 0.00 39

2004 25 71.43 10 28.57 0 0.00 35

2005 37 67.27 18 32.73 0 0.00 55

2006 31 65.96 16 34.04 0 0.00 47

2007 51 68.00 24 32.00 0 0.00 75

2008 33 53.23 29 46.77 0 0.00 62

2009 57 47.11 62 51.24 2 1.65 121

2010 31 64.58 16 33.33 1 2.08 48

2011 86 69.35 38 30.65 0 0.00 124 New Record

Grand 431 62.46 256 37.10 3 0.43 690


Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 673. (***)

Each contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.

Year Direct % Telebridge % Direct/ % Direct/ Total

Direct Telebridge Telebridge Telebridge

2000 1 100.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 1

2001 25 59.52 17 40.48 0 0.00 42

2002 24 60.00 16 40.00 0 0.00 40

2003 29 74.36 10 25.64 0 0.00 39

2004 25 71.43 10 28.57 0 0.00 35

2005 36 66.67 18 33.33 0 0.00 54

2006 31 65.96 16 34.04 0 0.00 47

2007 51 68.00 24 32.00 0 0.00 75

2008 33 60.00 22 40.00 0 0.00 55

2009 57 47.11 62 51.24 2 1.65 121

2010 31 64.58 16 33.33 1 2.08 48

2011 78 67.24 38 32.76 0 0.00 116

Grand 421 62.56 249 37.00 3 0.45 673


Total number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 44.
Please feel free to contact me if more detailed statistics are needed.
Check out a new ARISS website:



US Hams, don’t forget that there is a new process for US school proposals. For US schools to have an ARISS contact, they must fill out a proposal, submit it to NASA, and see if they are approved or not. Once a school is approved and put on the list, an ARISS mentor will be assigned to assist the school.

NASA will have two open windows a year for schools to submit a proposal. The first window for contacts during the first half of 2012 has already closed. Look for the second window for second half 2012 contacts later this year. You must go through NASA to get the proposal material. Contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, at JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or by calling them at (281) 244-2320.
The following US states and entities have never had an ARISS contact: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
QSL information may be found at:



The ARISS (a joint effort of AMSAT, the ARRL, NASA, the ARISS international

partners including Canada, Russia, the European Partners, and Japan) operations

team wishes to announce the following very tentative schedule for ARISS school

contacts. This schedule is very fluid and may change at the last minute.

Remember that amateur radio use on the ISS is considered secondary. Please

check the various AMSAT and ARISS webpages for the latest announcements.

Changes from the last announcement are noted with (***). Also, please check

MSNBC.com for possible live retransmissions

(http://www.msnbc.com/m/lv/default.asp). Listen for the ISS on the downlink of

145.8Ø MHz.
The crossband repeater has been active at times.

The frequencies are uplink of 437.8Ø MHz and downlink of 145.8Ø MHz.

For information about educational materials available from ISS partner space

Agencies, please refer to links on the ARISS Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you are interested in supporting an ARISS contact, then you must fill

in an application. The ARISS operations mentor team will not accept a

direct request to support an ARISS contact; the application must first be sent

to the ARISS region coordinator.

You should also note that many schools think that they can request a

specific date and time. Once an application has been accepted the ARISS mentors will work with the school to determine a mutually agreeable date.

There are several ARISS web sites:
English: http://www.rac.ca/ariss/
French: http://c.avmdti.free.fr/ariss/index.htm
ARISS Europe: http://www.ariss-eu.org/
ARISS Japan: http://www.jarl.or.jp/ariss/

Your completely filled out application should be returned to the

nearest coordinating ARISS region if your specific region is not

listed. E-mail is the preferred method of submitting an application.

Here are the email addresses:

ARISS-Canada and all other countries not covered: ve2ka@rac.ca (Daniel

Lamoureux VE2KA)

ARISS-Europe: jh.hahn@gmx.net (J. Hahn, DL3LUM / PA1MUC)

ARISS-Japan and all Region 3 countries: iaru-r3@jarl.or.jp (Keigo Komuro


ARISS-Russia: n2ww@attbi.com (Valerie Agabekov N2WW/UA6HZ)

ARISS-USA: ARISS@arrl.org (The American Radio Relay League)


QSL information may be found at:




Other web sites that may be of interest include:







Latest ARISS announcements and news


Successful school list


The ISS Fan Club website is:


K1ELA has a website at:


ON6SAT has a website at:


IRLP website at:


This new site will have the links for simulcast contacts that have IRLP and Echolink.
Additional information may be found on the amsat.org calendar of events for where to find the audio on EchoLink, IRLP and Shoutcast.
Friends and family of the Expedition 12 crew have put together a website:


A listing of ARISS related magazine articles:


Currently the list includes articles from CQ, CQ VHF, QST, and The AMSAT Journal. Please contact me directly if you have additional suggestions.
Exp. 29/30 on orbit

Anatoly Ivanishin

Anton Shkaplerov

Daniel C. Burbank KC5ZSX

Exp. 30/31 on orbit

Oleg Kononenko RN3DX

Donald R. Pettit KD5MDT

André Kuipers PI9ISS

To let you in on how tough it is to schedule contacts, here are some of the

constraints the ARISS mentors must work under:

Each Increment is 26 weeks in length.
For any given expedition, we typically may not schedule:

1. Anything the first 3 weeks.

2. During EVA weeks

3. at least 2 weeks prior to the Increment change.

4. no contacts during meal and exercise periods.

5. no contacts during post-sleep and pre sleep (before Ø8:ØØ UTC and after 19:3Ø UTC)

6. contacts on the day of Progress docking or undocking are circumspect.

Mike Fincke KE5AIT and Gennady Padalka RN3DT produced a video during their stay on Expedition 9. You can get the QuickTime version (209MB) or the Windows Media version (152MB). These files are huge, so only a broadband connection is recommended. Thanks Mike and Gennady!



Windows Media:


Doug Wheelock KF5BOC produced a YouTube video:


A discussion on Doppler correction and the ISS frequencies may be found at

This file was updated 2005-07-29 04:00 UTC



  1. Go to designated homepage URL.

  2. Click on Audioconferencing.

  3. Click on Audio Streaming.

  4. Click on Join.

  5. Enter conference meeting number.

  6. Enter passcode (case sensitive) and there are 11 letters max.

  7. Enter name.

  8. Enter email address.

  9. Enter company, use ARISS or AMSAT if you want.

  10. Enter title (optional).

  11. Agree to agreement policy.

  12. Click proceed.

  13. Wait for contact to start. If you are there too early, then you will probably hear music. Contact streaming should start approximately 6 minutes before AOS.


IRLP website at:


If using IRLP is more convenient for you than using EchoLink, please

connect to the IRLP reflector 9Ø1Ø.

The Discovery 9Ø1Ø Reflector also has streaming audio available. Once on

the main page, select “audio library” on the left sidebar. The prompt

to join the audio stream is posted at the top of this page.
More directly, you can go to http://www.discoveryreflector.ca:8ØØØ/listen.pls
The audio stream will be delayed.
Additional information on the IRLP Discovery Reflector requirements:

The use of the Discovery Reflector requires that your audio player have

ability to play a pls file. Confirm that your player has that file. You should also confirm that port 8Ø8Ø is open to allow the audio stream.
Here is how to check Realplayer:

1.  Open up Realplayer

2.  Tools>Preferences>Content Media Types> click on Select located under the Manual button. 

You should see .pls as one of the accepted files


Here is how to check Winamp:

1.  Open up Winamp

2.  Options>preference>General preference>file types

You should see pls as one of the accepted files
Additional information may be found on the amsat.org calendar of events for where to find the audio on EchoLink, IRLP and Shoutcast.
You can connect to the AMSAT Conference Room server at node 1Ø1377.

Audio is also available at times on the JK1ZRW server at node 2772Ø8. Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to keep the load light on the *AMSAT* server.  This will ensure good audio quality for all listeners.

For latest information on ISS - school contact audio feeds into EchoLink,

please check the AMSAT calendar of events at:

Simulation contacts are terrestrial contacts that provide training for the astronauts on the use of the ARISS equipment before going on orbit.

Historical Museum of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland direct via SP2ZIE

Contact was successful: Sat 2011-12-31 14:04:02 UTC 50 deg (***)

Congratulations to the Historical Museum of Gdańsk and Dan! (***)

Proposed questions for Historical Museum of Gdańsk:

1. Is it true that various places on the station can sometimes host unwanted colonies of bacteria and mold? Are they a subject of research?

2. Is there currently an experiment on the station that involves growing protein crystals and if yes, are they different from the ones grown on Earth?

3. Are you doing an experiment on the station that involves the facility studies of fermentation processes in space?

4. Does your stay on board the International Space Station cause problems within your circulatory system?

5. Can astronauts grow their own vegetables on the ISS for eating? Have you done it?

6. What possibilities does the lack of gravity grant?

7. How does it feel to be flying in microgravity?

8. What were the different steps of assembling the ISS?

9. Do astronauts get earaches when being launched into space as I do when I'm flying on a plane?

10. Did you dream to be an astronaut when you were a child?

11. How do you feel when spaceship engines are starting?

12. How are you prepared for potential dangers on board the ISS?

13. Is it possible to see the Great Wall of China from the ISS? What else is well visible from Low Earth Orbit?

14. Are NASA astronauts involved in designing new private spacecrafts like SpaceX?

15. Do you celebrate national holidays on the Station, and if yes, how?

16. Looking at the Earth, how would you express your personal message to the inhabitants of this pale blue dot?

17. Do you prefer to be on Earth or in space?

18. I'm a student in the Polish Air Force Academy and I'd like to know what would be the best way to become a space-conqueror in the future?

19. Can you see northern lights from the ISS?

20. If you had two wishes as to how to make life and work on the ISS even more enjoyable and comfortable, what would they be?

Zespół Szkół nr 2, Żuromin, Poland, direct via SP5PMD

Contact is a go for: Mon 2012-01-02 12:05:46 UTC 44 deg
Proposed questions for Zespół Szkół nr 2:

1. Is it cool to be an astronaut?

2. Are there night and day in space?

3. What do you do with waste?

4. What kind of planets can you see at the moment?

5. How do astronauts spend their free time?

6. Do you have an access to TV, news programs and the Internet on ISS?

7. What is so interesting in space for you?

8. How do you take a shower on the ISS?

9. How do astronauts eat meals in space?

10. How would you describe the feeling of flying into space?

11. What type of school did you graduate from?

12. How do you communicate with your family on ISS?

13. How does the ordinary day on ISS look like?

14. How do you feel after being weightless for a long time?

15. How do you celebrate the holidays such as Easter or Christmas in space?

16. Does the absence of gravitation has influence on perceiving hunger or thirst?

17. What was your first feeling after arriving on the ISS?

18. How long have you been on the ISS?

Descartes, Montigny-Le-Bretonneux, France, direct via F6KRK/p

Proposed questions for Descartes:

1. How did you feel during your first day in space?

2. Was becoming an astronaut a child’s dream, did someone inspire you, like a role model?

3. How do you cope with cultural differences between astronauts?

4. Have you ever done funny experiments in space, could you give us some examples?

5. We have taken pictures of the ISS with a telescope, have you also got this kind of equipment and do you have time to observe the stars?

6. Have you already experienced extravehicular activity?

7. Does your water recovery system filter all the waste water and is it really efficient?

8. Have you already got the first results of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment?

9. What has been the most exciting experiment for you so far?

10. Are you happy with the food?

11. How difficult is it to cohabit in such a small space with so few people?

12. Do you have the notion of time in space?

13. When you are in space, do you follow the news?

14. How do you clean the station, have you got a specific system like a vacuum cleaner?

15. Are there sometimes problems such as oxygen leaks or fire in the ISS?

16. What do you miss most?

17. What outfits are you allowed to wear?

18. How were you chosen to go to the ISS?

19. Do you have free time during the day?

20. What is the main discovery you have made from growing plants in microgravity?

Atheneum Borgloon, Borgloon, Belgium, telebridge via TBD

Proposed questions for Atheneum Borgloon:

1. Welke opleiding hebt u gevolgd om deze ruimtemissie voor te bereiden?

2. Hoe lang duurt de reis van de aarde tot het ISS?

3. Hoeveel bedraagt de snelheid van het ISS?

4. Wat is de binnen- en buitentemperatuur van het ISS?

5. Welke taal wordt er gesproken in het ISS?

6. Kan u een voorbeeld geven van het wetenschappelijk onderzoek dat u uitvoert?

7. Hoeveel personen kunnen er verblijven in het ISS en met hoeveel bent u momenteel?

8. Hoe groot is jullie leefruimte?

9. Wat zijn de dagelijkse taken en is er vrije tijd?

10. Wat gebeurt er als u ziek wordt; is er medicatie aan boord?

11. Hoeveel maaltijden nuttigt u per dag en is het voedsel lekker?

12. Waarom slaapt u rechtopstaand en niet liggend?

13. Draagt u elke dag propere kleren en hoe wast u zich?

14. Hoe komt u aan zuurstof/lucht in het ISS?

15. Zit een ruimtepak goed?

16. Kunt u sporten in de ruimte? Zo ja, welke sport verkiest u?

17. Hoe verloopt de communicatie met uw familie?

18. Wat hebt u meegenomen in uw reiskoffer?

19. Hoe verloopt een ruimtewandeling en gaat u er een maken?

20. Wat gaat u doen na deze ruimtemissie?
1. What training did you receive to prepare this space mission?

2. How long does a journey from earth to the ISS take?

3. What is the speed of the ISS?

4. What is the temperature inside and outside the ISS?

5. What language is spoken in the ISS?

6. Can you give an example of the scientific research that you perform?

7. How many people can stay at the ISS and how many are there today?

8. How big is the room you live in?

9. What are the daily tasks in the ISS and do you have any free time?

10. What happens if anyone becomes ill? Is there any medication on board?

11. How many meals a day do you have and do you like the food?

12. Why do you sleep upright and don’t you lie down?

13. Do you wear clean clothes every day and how do you wash yourself?

14. How do you get oxygen/air in the ISS?

15. Does a space suit fit properly?

16. Can you practise any sports in space? If so, what sport do you prefer?

17. How do you communicate with your family?

18. What did you bring along in your suitcase?

19. What happens during a spacewalk? Are you going to make one?

20. What are you planning to do after this space mission?


Vrije Technische Scholen (VTS), Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, direct via ON4SNW

Proposed questions for Vrije Technische Scholen:

1. Op welke manier slaap je in de ruimte?

2. Wat zijn de eisen om astronaut te worden?

3. Hoe is het om de aarde van boven te zien?

4. Is er internet in het ISS?

5. Hoelang duurt het om van de aarde naar het ISS te vliegen?

6. Wat doen jullie tijdens jullie vrije tijd in de ruimte?

7. Wat gebeurt er met het menselijk lichaam, zonder enige persoonlijke bescherming of cabine, tijdens zijn verblijf in de vrije ruimte?

8. Hoe wordt het ISS van zuurstof voorzien?

9. Welke dagelijkse vaste taken moet een astronaut zeker uitvoeren?

10. Wat gebeurt er met een astronaut als hij ernstig ziek wordt in het ISS?

11. Stel dat door een onbekende reden de communicatie-verbinding met de aarde voor lange tijd uitvalt, hoe vangt men dit probleem op?

12. Kan je, in geval van nood, opereren in het ISS?

13. Hoe bepaalt men het zwaarte-massapunt van het ISS?

14. Hoe haalt een raket het ISS in?

15. Hoe worden jullie gewogen in het ISS?

16. Heb je een gevoel van snelheid in het ISS?

17. Wat gebeurt er met verpakkingsafval in het ISS?

18. Is de lancering pijnlijk voor het menselijk lichaam?

19. Hoe koud is het in de ruimte?

20. Kan je onweer op aarde zien vanuit het ISS?
1. In what way do you sleep in space?

2. What are the requirements to become an astronaut?

3. How is it to see earth from above?

4. Is there internet in the ISS?

5. How long does it take to fly from earth to the ISS?

6. What do you do in space in your free time?

7. What happens to the human body staying in the free space without any personal protection or cabin?

8. How is the ISS provided with oxygen?

9. Which daily tasks has an astronaut to perform?

10. What happens when an astronaut gets seriously ill in the ISS?

11. Imagine that the communication link with earth collapses for a longer period, how would this problem be solved?

12. Is it possible, in case of emergency, to operate on an astronaut in the ISS?

13. How is the weight core of the ISS determined?

14. How does a rocket catch up with the ISS?

15. How is your weight measured in the ISS?

16. Have you got a feeling of speed inside the ISS?

17. What happens with the packaging garbage in the ISS?

18. Does the launching of the rocket cause a sensation of pain?

19. How cold is it in space?

20. Can you see a thunderstorm on earth from the ISS?


El Dorado County Office of Education, Placerville, CA, via direct or telebridge TBD


Zespol Szkol nr 8, Walbrzych, Poland , via telebridge TBD


Inuksuk High School, Iqaluit Nunavut, Canada, telebridge via TBD


Soumuta Elementary School, Kagoshima, Japan, direct via TBD (***)

TBD UTC (***)

Kochi Gakuen Kochi Junior High School, Kochi, Japan, direct via TBD (***)

TBD UTC (***)

Louisville Astronomical Society, Louisville, KY, telebridge via TBD


Special John Glenn event, State Records Office of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, telebridge via TBD


1° Circolo Didattico Nicola Fornelli, Bitonto, Italy, direct via IZ7RTN (***)

TBD UTC (***)

ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands, telebridge or direct TBD


Parkside Elementary, Atlanta, GA, direct via TBD (***)

TBD UTC (***)

5th Geniko Lykeio Katerinis, Katerini, Greece, direct via SX2ISS (***)

TBD UTC (***)
===============================================================================ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands, telebridge or direct TBD


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, direct via TBD


Istituto Tecnologico Statale Trasporti e Logistica “Leone Acciaiuoli”, Ortona,
Italy, direct via IQ6LN


Middenschool de Regenboog Bree, Bree, Belgium, direct via ON5LL


Liberty Junior High School, Burbank. IL, direct via AJ9N


Centre de Formation de la Base Aérienne de Payerne, Switzerland, direct via HB9SPACE


Dilworth Elementary School, San Jose, CA, direct via TBD


ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands, telebridge or direct TBD


Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy, Riverside, CA


Izmir SEV Primary School, Turkey, telebridge via TBD


Marcelino Canino Canino Middle School, Puerto Rico, direct via TBD


Farnsworth Aerospace PK-8 Magnet School, St. Paul, MN, telebridge or direct TBD


Waxter Young Women’s Academy, Laurel, MD, direct via TBD


Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, AZ, direct via TBD


St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Hay, NSW, Australia, telebridge via TBD


St Anne’s Primary School, Strathfield South, NSW, Australia, telebridge via TBD


Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, Houston, TX, telebridge via TBD but could be a direct


Currently the ARISS operations team has a list of 60 schools that we

hope will be able to have a contact during 2011 and 2012. As the schedule becomes more solidified, we will be letting everyone know. Current plans call for an average of one scheduled school contact per week.


Charlie Sufana AJ9N

One of the ARISS operation team mentors

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