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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station - ARISS

[image-12] Do you think your students might enjoy talking to an astronaut in space? Using amateur radio, students from around the world can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students can fully engage in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with the onboard crew member for approximately 10 minutes, the time of an International Space Station overhead pass.

ARISS is offered through a partnership between NASA; the American Radio Relay League, or ARRL; the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT; and other amateur radio organizations and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe.

Teaching From Space is not currently accepting proposals for ARISS. Please email JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov for information regarding the next proposal cycle.

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  2. Prior to completing this proposal form, it is recommended that you read the ARISS Proposal Guide [180K PDF file].
  3. You can manually submit the completed form to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or use the Submit button located in the form.
  4. If you have any questions, email JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov.

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What advice would you give to an organization interested in hosting an ARISS contact?
Read the ARISS Proposal Guide [180K PDF file] and attend an ARISS online informational session. Previous experience shows that organizations that attend online informational sessions are more likely to be selected.

To attend a session, please send an email to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov indicating which session you would like to attend.

Is there a cost?
No. The ARISS contact is provided at no cost to the host location. The host location can incur costs ranging from acquiring the appropriate technical equipment to transporting students. Additional things to consider are media promotions, giveaways for participants and other miscellaneous items.

Is it possible to schedule a contact for a specific event or date?
ARISS contacts are typically not a good fit for events that take place on a specific date. ARISS contacts are subject to real-time mission operations and often move around on the schedule. Host organizations must be flexible and prepared to reschedule their ARISS event.

What are my chances of getting an ARISS contact?
ARISS receives many excellent proposals and has only a few contact opportunities - so the competition is tough! But a few organizations will host an ARISS during each space station mission, and one of the contacts could be yours!

What size audience is required to host an ARISS contact?
Although there is no set rule for how large the audience must be, NASA is looking for large-scale events that impact the community.

Is it possible to schedule a contact for a specific event or date?
ARISS contacts are typically not a good fit for events that take place on a specific date. ARISS contacts are subject to real-time mission operations and often move around on the schedule. Host organizations must be flexible and prepared to reschedule their ARISS event.

What are my chances of getting an ARISS contact?
ARISS receives many excellent proposals and has only a few contact opportunities - so the competition is tough! But a few organizations will host an ARISS during each space station mission, and one of the contacts could be yours!

I am located outside the United States. How can I request a contact?
If you are located outside the U.S., you will need to contact the ARISS representative for your region.
The following are the regions:
-Europe, Africa, and the Middle East: Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF school.selection.manager@amsat.it.
-Russia: Valeriy Agabekov, N2WW/UA6HZ n2ww@arrl.net.
-Japan and all countries in Southeast Asia and Pacific Oceania: Keigo Komuro, JA1KAB iaru-r3@jarl.or.jp.
-Canada and all other countries: Maurice-André Vigneault, VE3VIG ve3vig@amsat.org.
 

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Page Last Updated: February 12th, 2014
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