ASTRONAUT MIKE FINCKE TALKS TO CERAMBUSINESSSCHOOL IN FRANCE
Thursday 29 January
2009 at , i.e. local time, the
"CERAMBusinessSchool" in Sophia Antipolis, France, established a telebridge contact
with US astronaut Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, on board the International Space
Station, via the ARISS Ground Station VK4KHZ in Australia operated by Shane Lynd.
The CERAMBusinessSchool is located in Sophia Antipolis, a science and technology park nearby
Nice at the French Riviera.
CERAM business school
offers French and international students a 4 years bachelor degree with two
years spent abroad in one of 25 partner universities in USA, Canada
and Australia. Like a North American University, the CERAM Bachelors EAI is organized
around colleges and departments. There are two colleges: The Technology College
which comprises 5 departments (Aviation, Engineering, Computer Science, Life
Science and Mathematics) and the BusinessCollege with its Business department and its Communication department.
CERAM counts more than 2000
students, of which more than 25% are international students.
The ARISS event was set up by Dr. Frederic Peneau, Associate Professor,
and the Engineering department. The questions were read by the students in
At exactly , right on schedule,
contact with NA1SS was established by VK4KHZ. Astronaut Mike Fincke KE5AIT
answered 15 questions on various topics. The astronaut commented that the
present mission is to get the ISS ready for a crew of six members.
The audio from the ISS was excellent, except at the end of the contact
when the downlink signal became unreadable because of an interference.
The event was covered by the mass media and the ARISS contact will lead
to further development at CERAM.