ARISS: Amateur Radio on the International Space StationThe ARISS program provides a thrilling introduction to space exploration, an opportunity to learn about life on board the ISS as well as a hands-on taste of how exciting Amateur Radio can be.
ARISS: Amateur Radio on the International Space StationARISS provides opportunities for youth, teachers, families and communities to become more aware of the substantial benefits of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on spaceflight journeys.
ARISS: Amateur Radio on the International Space StationARISS provides a forum for students to engage Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities, including Amateur Radio and the science of radio, and to explore our Earth from space.
ARISS: Amateur Radio on the International Space StationARISS partners with college and university students in STEM-related fields, giving them the chance to apply what they have learned in their classes to hands-on projects.
ARISS: Amateur Radio on the International Space StationARISS provides the opportunity for radio amateurs all around the world to talk directly to astronauts aboard the ISS!
What is ARISS?
The ARISS program is a cooperative venture of NASA, the ARRL and AMSAT and other international space agencies that organizes scheduled contacts via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the ISS and classrooms and educational organizations. With the help of experienced Amateur Radio volunteers from Amateur Radio clubs, and coordination from the ARISS Team, the ISS crewmembers speak directly with large group audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies or at science museums, Scout camporees and jamborees and space camps, where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space and space technologies and Amateur Radio.
Goals of the ARISS program include:
- inspiring an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and in STEM careers among young people;
- providing an educational opportunity for students, teachers and the general public to learn about space exploration, space technologies and satellite communications;
- providing an educational opportunity for students, teachers and the general public to learn about wireless technology and radio science through Amateur Radio; and
- providing an opportunity for Amateur Radio experimentation and evaluation of new technologies.
Scheduled ARISS Amateur Radio contacts with the ISS are conducted either by direct contact, or by telebridge contact. 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.
See the short video below for some background on the ARISS program and how Boulder Hill Elementary School with guidance from the Fox River Radio League prepared for their contact.
7th Grade Students "Fly" on ARISSat-1
Dowagiac Middle School students were thrilled to contact ARISSat-1, and using Amateur Radio, download satellite telemetry data as well as their photo flown in space.
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A short video providing some background on the ARISS program and how Boulder Hill Elementary School prepared for their contact with the guidance of members of the Fox River Radio League.
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