SUCCESSFULARISS CONTACT AT ISTITUTO G.CURCIO, ISPICA, SICILY, ITALY
Friday, October 14 2011 at , which is CEST, Istituto
Superiore G. Curcio, Ispica, Ragusa, Italy established an ARISS
contact with NASA astronaut Michael E. Fossum KF5AQG onboard the International
Space Station. Astronaut Michael E. Fossum operated with ISS callsign NA1SS.
This was a telebridge contact performed by ARISS ground station W6SRJ located
at Santa Rosa, California, USA.
The G.CurcioHigh School offers various courses
which deal with scientific, linguistic, classical and other subjects, dedicated
to professional and technical studies.The school comprises two buildings with different facilities and laboratories
for chemistry and physics. There are also language and computer labs, a library
and a gym. The student population is about 1,500 and there are about 100
teachers.The students were very
motivated for taking part in this project with the ISS, in line with their
interests and fields of study. Students are very open-minded and ready for new
experiences. There are many projects running that stimulate and promote their
curiosity, such as training courses with companies in the commercial and
tourist field, cultural exchange, programs with other European countries,
participation to the International Conference NHSMUN at the UN in New York City and presently the radio
contact with the International Space Station.
ARISS mentor Francesco
De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to the radio contact coordinator for this event to
set up a telebridge contact. Mr. Salvatore Monaca, IT9RIF the radio contact
coordinator, decided in favor of this setup. Mr. Gaston Bertels, ON4WF moderated
the session. The questions were read by the students at G.CurcioHigh School in Ispica where an
audience of about 200 students, teachers, visitors and media participated to
the ARISS event.
At , contact with NA1SS was established by station W6SRJ and the operator
presented the event to NASA astronaut Michael E. Fossum KF5AQG.Using the amateur station aboard the ISS
Service Module, the astronaut answered 14 questions prepared by students and
exchanged greetings. During the pass the signal from ISS was loud and clear.
Two newspapers and three
broadcast television stations covered the ARISS event.