ARISS contact VK

An ARISS educational school contact is planned for Shannon Walker KD5DXB with students at the School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences, Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program 2021, Mawson Lakes, SA, Australia.

The contact is scheduled on Tuesday April 6, 2021 at approximately 11:27 UTC, which is 13:27 CEST.
The link to the ISS will be operated by the amateur radio telebridge station IK1SLD, located in northern Italy. Downlink signals will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz FM.

Video from the ground station will be webcast on:

School Information:

Mawson Lakes School is a large R-7 primary school located in the City of Salisbury. It was officially opened in the year 2000 with approx. 80 students but has grown over the years to its current number of 765. A unique feature of the school is „Dry Creek“ which runs between the two campuses of the school: site East and site West. It is a very multicultural school with approx. 45 nationalities represented in its student population and it is a regular participant in multi-cultural festivals. The school also has approx. 20 Defence Force families enrolled at our school (Edinburgh situated close by) and has a Defence School Mentor, who supports these students and their families when transitioning in and out of school.

The school´s vision is: „Lifelong learners who positively influence our community in a global context“ and is underpinned by its mission of „developing high quality programs to maximise students´ learning potential.“ In 2018 it received a $1M state government grant to build a new STEM facility and STEM learning and this modern facility is currently used by students right across the school. It has a long and proud history of student involvement in „STEM learning“, including Robo-Cup, the South Australian Oliphant Science Awards, BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards. Also, S.A Schools Space Mission – sponsored by ATP (Advanced Technology Project) from 2016, student project presentation in the 68th International Aeronautical Congress in Adelaide in 2017 and participation in the 7th South Australian Space Forum in 2019. Its unique location near Uni-SA, Technology Park and Edinburgh RAAF, provides its students with many amazing opportunities to participate in a number of different programmes. Parents in the wider community take a keen interest in supporting their child´s learning and are willing to donate their time and expertise to help support extra-curricular programmes in the school.

Students First Names & Questions:

1. Aazeen: What do you do to entertain yourself in such a small space for a long time with so few people?
2. Anikesh: Do you have travel sickness or feel suffocated while you are in there?
3. Antony: How do you protect against radiation on the ISS?
4. Rashmi: Have you seen any suspicious activity (like extraterrestrial creatures)?
5. Venuki: Are there any health risks when you are in outer space?
6. Zachary: How long do you think that it would take to discover another universe?
7. Inika: Does space debris affect the ISS?
8. Eugene: When Is space radiation more harmful to astronauts?
9. Jesse: Is the possibility of a fire on the ISS more terrifying when you are on the ISS or when you are training and preparing to be on the ISS.
10. Krishna: How long can the present International Space Station (ISS) be used for?
11. Omar: What are the benefits of exercising in space?
12. Otis: What is your workout routine?
13. Anika: How does it smell in there?
14. Aazeen: What does it feels like in microgravity, especially when brushing teeth or hair or even having a shower?
15. Rashmi: What inspired you to be an Astronaut?
16. Venuki: Can you tell us some more information about the ISS?
17. Zachary: Does warp speed exist?
18. Inika: What simple tasks on Earth requires the most work in space – and what, other than floating, can be done easily in space but is difficult on Earth.
19. Krishna: While in the ISS if someone gets sick, will normal earth medicine work in micro gravity?
20. Aazeen: Have you done any Covid-19 related research on ISS?
21. Krishna: Can we see the far side of the Moon from ISS? Or will we be able to see it from the new planned station orbiting near the moon?
22. Omar: How do you get rid of the smell in the space station?
23. Omar: How serious is the problem of space debris and what is being done about it?

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF