Proposals Wanted for International Space Station Amateur Radio Crew Contacts

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07/10/2022
The International Space Station Amateur Radio (ARISS) seeks formal and informal educational institutions and organizations, individually or in collaboration, to host amateur radio contact with a crew member aboard the International Space Station (ISS ) in 2023.

Organizations wishing to participate should submit a proposal by November 13, 2022. ARISS is looking for proposals that will attract a large number of participants and fit into a well-developed education plan. To help with proposals, ARISS has posted information on expectations and guidelines on their website. Additionally, an ARISS Proposal Webinar Session will be held on October 13, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET. The Eventbrite link to register for the online seminar is https://ariss-proposal-webinar-fall-2022.eventbrite.com.

ARISS plans to maintain contact between July 1 and December 31, 2023. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact dates of radio contact. Crew members aboard the ISS will participate in scheduled amateur radio contacts lasting approximately 10 minutes, and they will allow students to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via amateur radio. It takes place between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station, and classrooms and communities. ARISS Contacts offer education audiences the opportunity to learn first-hand what it’s like to live and work in space. These contacts are an opportunity to find out more about the space research carried out on the ISS. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about satellite radio communication, wireless technology, and radio science.

Amateur radio organizations around the world, with the support of NASA and space agencies in Canada, Japan, Europe and Russia, provide this opportunity for educational organizations. The volunteer efforts of amateur radio organizations provide much of the equipment and operational support that enables communication between the ISS crew and students around the world.

ARISS is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and space agencies that support the ISS. In the United States, the sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio®, the ISS National Laboratory Space Station Explorers, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), and the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) from NASA. . The main objective of ARISS is to promote the exploration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. For more information on ARISS, visit their website at www.ariss.org.

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