For astronauts aboard the ISS, a small multiband amateur radio station is a relaxing way to be in contact with people on Earth. It is also an effective tool for education. ARISS has spread the use of radio from the forefront of science in outer space to classrooms around the world. During the ten minutes, that the ISS is typically above horizon and radio contact is possible, astronauts answer the questions prepared by the students. When a school does not have an own radio station, volunteering amateur satellite operators set up a ground station for their use. The organization is run by volunteers from the national amateur radio organizations and the international AMSAT Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation organizations from each country.
Forgot Password? Find more details at www. With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers from amateur radio clubs and coordination from the A RISS team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science centers and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps, where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies and Amateur Radio. The method used will depend on the radio station equipment and experienced radio amateur volunteers available to support the contact as well as technical issues related to the orbit of the ISS over the contact location. Because the ARISS program supports the testing and installation of Amateur Radio stations aboard the ISS, astronauts have the equipment available to also make unscheduled ham radio contacts with radio amateurs all around the world on a one-to-one basis during their personal time. With a very limited investment in amateur radio equipment, licensed hams, including students who have access to Amateur Radio stations in a classroom , can make iindividual contact with astronauts aboard the ISS by learning to follow the published orbital schedule and practice some basic Amateur Radio contact techniques. Read All Subscribe.
Contact the ISS. Some ISS crew members make random, unscheduled, amateur radio voice contacts with earth-bound radio amateurs, often called "hams". They can make radio contacts during their breaks, pre-sleep time and before and after mealtime. Astronauts have contacted thousands of hams around the world. The work schedules of the ISS crew dictate when they are able to operate the radios.
Amateur-satellite service Amateur Radio on the International Space Station ARISS - operating in the Amateur-satellite service - is a project sponsored by various entities and carried out by astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station who also have an amateur radio license. Low power radios and small antennas can be used to establish communications. It is also possible to send digital data to the space station via laptop computers hooked up to the same radio and antenna, similar to an email communication, except that it uses radio frequencies instead of telephone or cable connections. The space station occupants work a standard work day and have breaks in the evening and during meals.