DOUBLE CONTACT FOR ESA ASTRONAUT PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA WITH TWO ITALIAN SCHOOLS
Wednesday, 12 January, 2011 at 10:54 UTC and 12:30 UTC, i.e. 11:54 and 13:30 local time, Istituto Comprensivo Marco Polo-Viani Scuola Secondaria 1° Grado and Istituto Suore Mantellate, Viareggio, Lucca, Italy, established a double contact with Italian astronaut PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA on board the International Space Station. Astronaut NESPOLI operated with Italian special callsign IR0ISS that will use for six months of the mission. The Istituto Suore Mantellate, Viareggio, Lucca was the contact site and operated with callsign IZ5PVC.
The school is situated in the
The Institute Suore Mantellate of Viareggio was founded in the mid-1800. The Institute became a school in 1913, with various grades: nursery (kindergarten), elementary school, girls school. In 1946, a Middle School and an Science Institute were added. The school progressed steadily and in 1987 the Science Institute addressed biological and psychological fields. Presently it has become a "Communications High School." The Institute offers primary and secondary education to boys and girls aged 6 to 18 years.
Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to the radio contact coordinator in Viareggio
a direct contact with assistance by ARISS Telebridge station IK1SLD installed
at Casale Monferrato Airport, Piemonte, Italy. Mr. Alessandro Tesconi IK5EHI,
contact coordinator for this ISS contact, decided in favour of a direct with
assistance by IK1SLD telebridge station. All questions were read by the
students from two schools. Contact
site was located in the Istituto Suore Mantellate,
At 10:54 UTC, contact with IR0ISS was established by station IZ5PVC. ESA astronaut PAOLO NESPOLI answered 15 questions per direct radio contact. At 12:30 UTC, contact with IR0ISS was again established by station IZ5PVC. Astronaut ESA PAOLO NESPOLI answered 7 more questions and exchanged greetings. The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all the time.
Regional Television, local media and newspapers covered the event.
The event was webcast on http://www.versiliawebtv.it/streaming/reteversilia.html
ARISS contact was announced by web story on ESA Portal - National News:
Congratulations to both ARISS “IZ5PVC” teams!
Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF