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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I. Definition

1. ARISS is the common working group of the national amateur radio and amateur satellite radio societies involved in Amateur Radio operations on board the International Space Station (ISS).

2. ARISS-Europe is a subgroup of the ARISS working group.


II. Object

3. The object of ARISS-Europe is :

  • to plan, implement and co-ordinate amateur radio projects and activities on board the International Space Station, in agreement with the ARISS teams worldwide
  • to build flight and monitoring equipment for ISS amateur radio
  • to carry out the technical and operational service for ISS amateur radio equipment to develop operating procedures for ISS amateur radio
  • to plan future development of ISS amateur radio
  • to promote ISS amateur radio in the educational field and toward the general public.


III. Membership

4. Membership of ARISS-Europe shall consist of :

  • all European astronauts wishing to perform amateur radio operations during their flights and owning a corresponding Amateur Radio license
  • European national societies, members of the International Amateur Radio Union, Region 1 (IARU R1), involved in planning, organising and co-ordinating Amateur Radio projects on board of the ISS
  • European AMSAT societies and other European societies, wishing to contribute and introduced by their national IARU R1 society.

5. According to the Memory of Understanding established in Noordwijk, the Netherlands on March 27, 2000 the founding members of ARISS-Europe are :

  • AMSAT-Belgium
  • AMSAT-France
  • AMSAT-Italy
  • ARI
  • DARC
  • REF-Union
  • RSGB
  • UBA

6. Other societies as defined sub 4. are invited to join ARISS-Europe.


IV. Administration

7. ARISS-Europe is administered by a board consisting of :

  • a chairman
  • a technical director
  • two technical counsellors

8. The members of the board are elected for two years terms. They can be re-elected.

9. The renewal of the board is to be organised by the chairman every uneven year :

  • in March, the members are invited by the chairman to present candidates for the board (a chairman, a technical director and two technical councelors)
  • in June, the chairman shall circulate the curriculum of the candidates by e-mail
  • each member is invited to cast one vote for each seat
  • the votes are e-mailed by the members to the four board officers
  • ballot messages are accepted till the 1 st of September
  • the results of the voting are circulated by the chairman by the 15 th of September
  • the newly elected board takes office on the 1 st of October.

10. All ARISS administrative work is done by e-mail.

11. The chairman may convene a meeting if at least five members agree. The agenda shall be circulated at least two weeks in advance.

12. Every member may ask the chairman for a meeting.

13. As far as possible, the ARISS-Europe administration shall be done on a no-cost basis.


V. Projects and activities

14. Groups or individuals volunteering to build equipment, carry out technical or operational service, develop procedures, etc. shall present their candidature to a member of ARISS-Europe. Only proposals introduced by members to the ARISS-Europe board will be taken into consideration.

15. Any project shall be fully documented. A feasability study and a funding plan are required. Compliance with Amateur Radio rules is a prerequisite.

16. To be accepted, a project has to be approved by at least fifty percent of the ARISS-Europe members.

17. Approved projects shall be presented to ARISS.

18. ARISS approved projects are to be promoted by the members.


VI. Funding and Expenses

19. Any expenses related to any project shall be duly budgetted.

20. Members may decide to participate to the funding of a common project.

21. Administrative and travel expenses shall be covered by each participating member.

22. No fee or any form of contribution may be imposed on the members.

23. Donations may be accepted to contribute to the funding.


Adopted by the founding members, July 1 st , 2000


ARISS comprises five "Regions": USA, Canada, Russia, Europe, Japan.

The member societies of each Region are represented in each Committee.

The Board is elected by the Regions for 2 year terms. Presently the Board members are:

ARISS is a non-profit organisation.

All ARISS activities are performed by volunteers.

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International Organization


The amateur radio station comprizes several units. Some are located in the Russian segment, in the Service Module, called Zvesda. Other units are located in the American sector of the ISS, in the European Columbus module. It is a multiband and multimode station.

The onboard ARISS station offers a permanent space platform to the worldwide amateur radio community. Several operational modes are automated and used by groundstations without crew care (packet radio, VHF/UHF crossband repeater, SSTV downlink). Cosmonauts and astronauts also use the station to contact groundbound amateur radio stations in their free time.

The Space Agencies have entrusted ARISS with the task to organise ARISS School Contacts. When a contact is scheduled, volunteering amateur satellite operators set up a groundstation in the selected school. During the ten minutes pass of the ISS, an astronaut answers the questions prepared by the students. See the School Contacts page for more details.

When a satellite type ground station cannot be set up in the school, a dedicated volunteering "telebridge" amateur radio station establishes the radio contact with the ISS and signals are relayed to the school per telephone. ARISS counts ten "telebridge" ground stations, located in the USA , Argentina , Europe , Australia , South Africa and Hawaii . The European "telebridge" station ON4ISS is located in Belgium and operated by Philippe Van houte ON5PV. A second telebridge station IK1SLD, operated by Claudio Arriotti, is located in Casale Monferrato, Italy. Whenever possible, the audio of the ARISS School Contacts is distributed, worldwide and real time, by EchoLink and IRLP.

When the downlink signals of an ARISS School Contact are audible in Europe , an ARISS-Europe News Bulletin is circulated to the subscribers of a free mailing list (more than 2000 subscribers). Subscription facilities are provided in upper right corner of this webpage.