[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with IMP Aerospace & Defence, Goffs, NS, Canada

Greg D

Hi folks,

11:05 AM this coming Saturday, 11/24!

Especially if you have kids or grandkids over for the Thanksgiving Holiday, consider listening in on the next school contact with the ISS.  This will NOT be an RF event - the Ham telebridge station is over in Italy.  BUT, they are planning to stream the event live on the Internet.  Logistics, below.

Highly recommended is to review the questions beforehand, and write down what you think the astronaut's answer will be.  Then listen to the broadcast and see how close you come.


Greg  KO6TH

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Subject:     [amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with IMP Aerospace & Defence, Goffs, NS, Canada
Date:     Thu, 22 Nov 2018 21:39:52 -0500
From:     n4csitwo@...
To:     ariss-press@..., amsat-bb@...

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at IMP Aerospace & Defence, Goffs, NS, Canada on 24 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:05 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy and adjacent areas.  Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.  Watch for live simulcast at (staRting about 10 to 15 minutes before AOS) and on YouTube at

The IMP Company makes the Robotic Arms for the ISS and did for the Shuttles.

Despite the disappointment of having to cancel a previously planned ARISS in late September during our Family Day activities preparations for this next opportunity to speak with Serena are in full swing.  The original participants who were selected from a pool of applications received from our IMP Aerospace and Avionics facilities are prepared and looking forward to taking part in this very unique opportunity.  During the delay the youngsters were able to do additional research on station life and experiments which has resulted in some interesting questions that we hope Serena will enjoy.  As an ARISS Mentor it's very encouraging to see the level of interest from the entire group including parents.

As a contractor IMP Aerospace has a long history in the manufacture of space rated avionics components.  This includes portions of STS Canadarm and the ISS Canadarm2 as well as numerous satellite and planetary rovers.  The original contact was planned to take place in one of our maintenace hangars at Halifax Stanfield International Airport however with this new opportuntiy we have moved the venue to the Keshan Goodman Branch of the Halifax Public Library System.  This been the site of previous ARISS contacts and always draws alot of attention.  This location allows us to invite media as well as the general public to observe and share in the inspiration this contact has to offer.  In addition to the usual pre-contact activities a presentation from the Halifax Center of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will focus on space based astronomy as well as specific instruction on how to identify visable ISS passes.  The contact will also have a potential for global viewing as the contact will be simulcast from not only the library location but from the ground station located at IK1SLD in Northern Italy.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1. What happens when you sneeze in space?

2. What kind of physical training do you have to go through before going into

3. Do you believe signs of life, past or present, will be found in our Solar

4. What is the coolest thing you've seen from the Space Station?

5: How do you handle medical issues in space especially if they are life-

6: What's it like to be an astronaut?                         

7. What does it smell like inside the ISS?

8. Is any food grown on the Space Station?             

9. How do you do laundry on the ISS?                 

10. How does your spacesuit stay warm?

11. In order to maintain altitude or avoid orbital debris a reboost or
    avoidance maneuver is performed.  Can you feel that taking place inside
    the ISS?

12. How long did it take for you to adjust to the weightless environment on     
    the ISS?

13. How does life spent on the underwater training laboratory "Aquarius"
    compare with life on the ISS?

14. Is it noisy or quiet inside the space station?

15. What has been the biggest health concern astronauts have had to deal

16. What's your favorite space meal?           

17. How do Astronauts take a shower in space?

18. Does the entire crew gather for meals?

19. What do you do in your spare time for entertainment?  

20. How do you know when to go to bed at night?






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Next planned event(s):


    1. Ecole Primaire Jean Jaurès et Arnaud, Troyes, France, telebridge via

       IK1SLD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS

       The scheduled astronaut is Alexander Gerst KF5ONO

       Contact is go for: Tue 2018-11-27 16:28 UTC

       Watch for live simulcast at (starting about 10         

       to 15 minutes before AOS)



About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see,, and


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN


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