International Space Station Ham Radio (ISS Ham Radio) utilizes ham (amateur) radios to increase student interest in space exploration by allowing them to talk directly with crewmembers living and working aboard the ISS.Principal Investigator(s)
Amateur Radio on ISS (ARISS) International Working Group, Brussells, , Belgium
Johnson Space Center, Office of Education, Houston, TX, United States
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Sponsoring Organization
NASA Education (EDU)ISS Expedition Duration:
September 2010 - October 2013
25/26,27/28,29/30,31/32,33/34,35/36Previous ISS Missions
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), the precursor to ISS Ham Radio, has been conducted on the ISS since Expedition 1 following the delivery of the ham radio to the ISS.
International Space Station Ham Radio (ISS Ham Radio) provides opportunities to engage and educate students, teachers, parents and other members of the community in science, technology, engineering and math. Through the use of NASA educational resources, the ISS Ham Radio contact and related activities are integrated into the educational curriculum. ISS Ham Radio reaches a diverse population nationally and internationally in both formal (schools, universities) and informal (museums, camps, scout troops, planetariums, Challenger Learning Centers) settings. Opportunities exist for experimentation and for the evaluation of new technology as it relates to this program.
ISS Ham Radio also provides a contingency communications network for NASA and the ISS crew.
ISS Ham Radio introduces students to crewmembers in order to inspire a new generation of explorers.Earth Applications
Using a new approach in the classroom relating to space flight, science, and mathematics captures the imagination of students. Allowing students to participate in activities that directly involve space inspires them to pursue careers in science and engineering.
The ISS ham radio is needed to successfully conduct an ISS Ham Radio session. During the sessions the crewmembers answer questions from the students for approximately 10 minutes. These activities are scheduled as time is available from the crewmembers.Operational Protocols
ISS Ham Radio requires that the crew position themselves in front of the ISS ham radio equipment during each session.