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ARISS-International to Mark 20 Years at Houston “Face-to-Face” Meeting


ARISS-International will celebrate its 20th anniversary when it meets in Houston on November 15. ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, noted that an international group interested in installing and operating an Amateur Radio station on the International Space Station first met in November 1996 at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, and the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program was born.

“And the rest is history!” he said.

The ARISS-I meeting agenda has been divided into three categories — Hardware Development, Education, and Sustainability and Funding, with concurrent sessions in two categories. Plenary sessions attended by the entire ARISS team will offer opportunities to discuss broader topics. A draft agenda for the ARISS meeting in Houston is available.

“It is amazing what we have accomplished in 20 years!” Bauer said. “It will be exciting to see what we will do in the next 20!”

Those interested in attending the Houston gathering should contact Bauer. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service