01 Oct.2017 Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA at HAM Radio station in Columbus module
13 Feb. 2017 Thomas Pesquet is talking with students via HAMTV & HAM Radio from Columbus module
Tim Peake KG5BVI is talking with students via HAMTV & HAM Radio from Columbus module
ARISS contact with WRC-15 from the ITU amateur radio station 4U1ITU
25 Aug. 2013 Luca Parmitano is talking with students via HAM Radio from Columbus module
HAM TV Project
Samantha Cristoforetti is talking with students via HAM Radio from Columbus module
IK1SLD Telebridge Station operated by Claudio IK1SLD and Max IW1CNF (SK)
27 Feb. 2012 André Kuipers is talking with students via HAM Radio from Service module
ON4ISS Telebridge Station operated by Philippe ON5PV
8 Jan. 2011 Paolo Nespoli is talking with students via HAM Radio from Service module
22 Apr. 2010 Frank De Winne and Students at European Parliament talk via HAM Radio with ISS
24 Nov. 2009 Frank De Winne is talking with students via HAM Radio from Service module
13 Jun. 2006 Students at ESC talk with ISS via HAM Radio
18 Apr. 2005 Roberto Vittori is talking with students via HAM Radio from Service module
ARISS antennas on Columbus module

Welcome on board

The International Space Station, presently nearly complete, is permanently manned by teams of astronauts and cosmonauts. Most have an amateur radio licence.

Amateur Radio societies from the ISS partner countries, in USA, Canada, Russia, Europe and Japan, have set up ARISS - Amateur Radio on International Space Station.

ARISS is a volunteering working group devoted to develop and put into operation the onboard amateur radio station. ARISS-Europe is the European branch of ARISS.

ARISS presentation by Gaston Bertels, ON4WF - 5th Polish-Wide Conference of Contributors & Sympathizers in ARISS - 17 Oct., 2015, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland ARISS presentation on Youtube

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EuroSchools working group Terms of Reference
08. 06.2015
Updated 07.06.2017

1. EuroSchools working group
    The EuroSchools working group comprises the school mentors of the ARISS-Europe Region.
    The group is led by the European School Selection Manager, under supervision of the ARISS-Europe chairman.

2. Windows

EU Applications window 1:   FEB - MAR
Verification window 1:   APR
Selection period 1:   MAY
Contacts window 1:   JAN – FEB – MAR – APR – MAY - JUN (next school year)
EU Applications window 2:   SEP - OCT
Verification window 2:   NOV
Selection period 2:   DEC
Contacts window 2:   JUL – AUG - SEP – OCT – NOV – DEC (next school year)

3. Tasks description

  1. IARU member societies are invited by the ARISS-Europe chairman to publish an announcement in the January and August issues of their magazine concerning the opening of an ARISS-Europe Applications Window. This invitation is circulated two months in advance via the IARU Region 1 Secretary. A similar invitation is sent to the European AMSAT societies and published on ARISS Europe website.
  2. The EU School Selection Manager collects Applications during the two Applications Windows and maintains updated the online database of received European applications.
    1. Till being selected, received Applications are password protected and available for ARISS-Europe school mentors only.
    2. The Schools Selection Manager e-mails a copy of each Application and Educational Project to the mentor in charge of the country.
    3. The mentors contact the schools during the Verification window, check the technical aspects of the requested contact and verify the consistency of the educational project.
    4. When requests from schools are submitted outside an Application Window, the School Selection Manager informs the school:
      1. the school is invited to submit an Application during the next Applications Window “Month A -> Month B” (see 1. Windows)
      2. the date of submission is NOT a selection factor.
      3. only a valid educational project and technical feasibility are taken into consideration.
    5. The Schools Selection Manager keeps a confidential archive of rejected requests. This archive is not published. It can be used in case of a lack of Applications for a future Selection period.
    6. Any time, Applications can be accepted:
      1. for contacts in July and August (Holidays period), provided enough slots are available.
      2. for contacts requested by governments or major international institutions.
        1. for contacts requested by ESA:
        2. per ESA-ARISS agreement, ESA can request 3 school contacts per Expedition
        3. these school contacts are HamTV contacts when technically feasible
        4. requests from astronauts are submitted in agreement with ESA’s educational service and count as ESA requested contacts. When an astronaut wishes to select schools other than the 3 ESA requested schools, these contacts are handled as normal school contacts by the EuroSchools working group.
  3. The EuroSchools working group meets weekly per teleconference during each Selection Period and selects a number of schools for the corresponding Contacts Window.
    The number of schools is determined following the regional guidelines provided by the ARISS-international Educational outreach and School Selection Committee.
    Applications are presented by the mentor in charge. Selection decisions are taken collectively by the EuroSchools working group.
  4. At the end of a Selection Period, the EU Schools Selection Manager informs the schools:
    1. Selected schools are informed that their ARISS school contact will be planned in the period “Month A -> Month B” (see 1. Windows)
    2. Selected schools are informed, that ARISS cannot guarantee that the contact will be operated, but that the chances are 80%
    3. Non-selected schools are informed that ARISS could not accept their application for the following reason:
      1. Quorum outnumbered
      2. Insufficient educational project
      3. Technical issues
      4. Other specified reason.
  5. At the end of a Selection Period, the EU Schools Selection Manager communicates the list of selected schools to the ARISS Operations Committee.
    For each school, the Contacts Window is mentioned.
    Schools can be shifted by the ARISS Operations Committee to and from Contact Windows if needed.






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Mentors Task Description
Update 07.06.2017

The ARISS-Europe School Contact Procedure, available on the ARISS-Europe website at:
states that:

Interested schools submit an Application (includes Authorization and use of personal information) and present a STEAM oriented educational project (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

In the European Region (Europe, Africa and Middle-East), Schools and Youth organizations, interested in setting up an ARISS radio contact with an astronaut onboard the International Space Station, are invited to submit their requests from September to November and from February to April. The documents shall be e-mailed to the ARISS-Europe School Selection Manager:  school.selection.manager@ariss-eu.org

An “ARISS Mentor” checks how the school can fulfill the requested STEAM oriented educational activities, adapted to age and level of the participating students. Collaboration with a teacher favors the selection process. The waiting list for the ARISS-Europe Region is updated in June and in January.

The ARISS Mentor is the main actor is the school contact procedure all along the process:

  • From the Application till the Selection Period.
  • During the Selection Period.
  • From the Selection till the Contact Period.
  • After the contact.

1. From the  Application till the Selection Period

  • During the Verification window (April or November), the Mentor contacts the candidate school and checks how the school can fulfill the educational requirements:
    • He tries and teams up with the teacher in charge of the ARISS contact and discusses the STEAM oriented educational activities.
    • He informs the teacher about ESA supplies, when available.
  • The Mentor examines and verifies the technical aspects of the project:
    • He contacts the local amateur radio operator who will provide the equipment and checks if a direct contact is feasible.
    • When a telebridge is needed, the teleconference phone installation must be operated by a licensed radio amateur or by qualified technicians.
  • The Mentor writes a brief report on the status of the candidate school (educational activities, technical aspects):
    • The report is circulated to the EuroSchools working group: european.mentors@ariss-eu.org
    • The report is archived by the ARISS-Europe School Selection Manager.
  • The Mentor invites the school to document, as a diary, the daily or weekly work in progress relative to the educational project, using the most recent technologies such as social networks, clouds, websites, blogs, etc. The publishing of messages, photos, short video clips, etc. will be taken into account during the selection process.
  • Prior to the Selection Period, the Mentor addresses a report to the EuroSchools working group about the school’s educational merits and preparedness, referring to published ARISS school activities, if available.

2. During the Selection Period

  • During the Selection Period, which comprises a series of teleconferences, the Mentor presents the school’s status to the EuroSchools working group and contributes to select the schools to be put on the European waiting list.
  • In addition to the STEAM oriented educational activities, some other selection criteria can be taken into account. Their relative importance is weighted in the hereto appended table.

3. From the Selection till the Contact Period

  • The selected schools are now deploying ARISS related activities, possibly documenting them on the school website or on social networks. The Mentor stays informed of these activities.
  • If the school fails to prepare for the ARISS event, the Mentor shall inform the ARISS-Europe School Selection Manager. The school can possibly be removed from the waiting list.
  • The mentor collects 20 questions and the school presentation, double checks and amends the questions if needed, supervises the prioritization of the contact options, collects talent authorizations, sends additional information such as ISS video links, etc.

4. After the contact

  • The school is requested to complete the Activity Report available at:


The Mentor shall help the school and verify that this important document be completed and forwarded immediately after the contact.

Remark - The Mentor’s tasks are simplified in the following cases:

  • ESA events, as per ESA-ARISS Europe agreement
  • Special events requested by governments or by international institutions
  • Summer period events, etc.


School Selection Criteria

School is running Space oriented program with (science) teacher support high
School is selected by astronaut high
School’s country/region never or rarely selected high
School is running ham licensing program medium
School is running sessions with volunteering radio amateur medium
School accepts to share contact with other school medium
School has active amateur radio club low
School has special anniversary/event low


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The ISS amateur radios are Ericsson MP-X handheld radios, a Kenwood TM D700 and a Kenwood D710.

Two hand-held Ericsson (M-PA Series) transceivers are on board in the ISS Columbus module: a VHF radio that receives and transmits FM voice or packet radio signals in the 2-meter (144 to 146 MHz) Amateur Band, and a UHF radio that receives and transmits FM voice or packet radio signals in the 70 centimeter (435-438 MHz) Amateur Band. Both radios are Ericsson (M-PA) series commercial grade radios. These radios look identical in size and features, but are specially tuned to support the different bands.  Up to 5 Watts of output power is available on any one of 64 possible channels.

The Kenwood TM-D700 radio. located in the ISS FGB Service Module (Zarya), supports 2 meter (144-146 MHz) and 70 cm (435-438 MHz) operation. This radio provides a higher output power capability (restricted to a maximum of 25 Watts in ISS operation) supporting FM and packet operations. The higher power capability allows nearly horizon-to-horizon signal reception using simple hand-held radios or scanners. A set of 5 default options, or Programmable Memories, are embedded in the D700 to support ISS operations.

There are numerous channels programmed in the radios. Two of these channels on the 2 meter radio band support voice operations (145.80 down/144.49 up for ITU Regions 2 &3 & 145.80 down/145.20 up for ITU Region 1). It is necessary to use two uplinks due to region-to-region ITU restrictions on uplink frequencies.

The crew switches between one frequency to the other; scanning is not used. For example, if a crew member begins a QSO over the US, they can track US stations until they hit the Atlantic and then they will quickly lose US stations. They can then switch over to the other frequency and pick up stations in Europe or Africa.