Successsful ARISS contact for Lycee Descartes at Montigny-le Bretonneux, France
All along the contact, the audio quality was perfect. This aspect was underlined by ESA astronaut Leopold Eyharts, who participated to the venue. He said the quality of the radio link was even better than some regular service communications onboard the ISS.
Before the pass was over, Leopold Eyharts, whose amateur radio call sign is KE5FNO, exchanged greetings with his colleague Dan Burbank KC5SZX. Among the audience, enthused by the space talk, we noted several civil and academic personalities as well as representatives of CNES, the French space research center.
After about ten minutes, the ISS went over the horizon. Before the radio contact was lossed, a huge applaus reached the space station.
The space conversation and the preceding presentations were distributed live on the Internet by streaming video. Over 1000 visitors connected.
A memorable day, crowning 18 month of intense preparation by lycee Descartes in Montigny-le-Bretonneux (near Paris) and by the radio-club of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines.
Congratulations to all.
ARISS France team