ARISSContact for “Liceo Statale
Adelaide Cairoli”, Pavia, Italy
Tuesday October 9, 2012 at 10.00
UTC, which is 12.00 CEST, students at for “Liceo Statale Adelaide Cairoli”, Pavia, Italy established ARISS contact with NASA
astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB onboard the International Space Station. Astronaut Sunita
Williams KD5PLB operated
with the ISS callsign NA1SS. This was a telebridge contact performed by amateur
radio Club station W6SRJ, located in Santa Rosa, California.
The school, founded in 1862 in Pavia, is hosted in the "Palazzo
Olevano". In 1870, it was named after Adelaide Cairoli, “the glorious
mother of five, fighting for the unification of Italy”. The Institute has kept this name
and is famous for its magnificentrooms with frescoes, monumental stairs,
stucco, mirrors, full ofmemories, but
also one of the most modern educational facilities, which offers three types of
courses (LanguageHigh School, High School of Music, School of Humanities and Science). The school offers an
extensive cultural background, favors the development of communication skills
both in the mother tongue and in foreign languages. It prepares the students
for superior studies, helpingthem to choose the most suitable
ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis,
IK0WGF proposed to the radio contact coordinator a telebridge contact. Mr.
Giampietro Ferrario IZ2GOJ, radio contact coordinator, decided in favor of this
setup. The contact took place at school, where an audience of about 1000
students, visitors and Media participated to the ARISS contact. Before the link
voice with ISS, Mr. Giampietro Ferrario IZ2GOJ presented ARISS program, the
operations during an contact with the ISS via Ham
Radio, and the life of the astronauts in space. Mr. Giampietro Ferrario IZ2GOJ moderated also the international teleconference established
by NASA for this ARISS event.
At , contact with NA1SS was established
by station W6SRJ.Using the Kenwood radio in the Service Module, Sunita
Williams KD5PLB answered 18
questions from the students, exchanged final greetings and closed the contact.
During the pass, the signal from the ISS was loud and clear.