ARISS Students Practice Using Ham Radio for Conversation with an Astronaut

ARISS Students Practice Using Ham Radio for Conversation with an Astronaut
Posted on 08/28/2018
ARISS Students Practice Using Ham Radio for Conversation with an Astronaut

With school back in session and the October flyover by the International Space Station getting closer, the 16 students who will speak to an astronaut are starting to get ready. They’re next hands on lesson with the ham radio they’ll use to ask an astronaut their question is after school on August 30, 2018.

ARISS provides a limited window of opportunity for students to speak with a Space Station Astronaut. Practice allows them to become familiar with the equipment and comfortable using it, so that all 16 students will get their chance to talk.

Allen Park Elememtary partnered with Century Link to make ARISS possible. Century Link just presented Allen Park with a $500 time matching grant because of all the volunteer hours Brian Darley, the National Coordinator of CenturyLink’s Ham Radio Club W0TCL has put into this project.

CenuryLink is providing the ham radio equipment the students will use this fall.

The students selected to speak with an astronaut come from nine different schools and all three grade levels. They won’t know until just a few days before the actual event exactly when they will get their chance to speak with an astronaut.