Successful ARISS Contact for CRA Pozohondo, Nava De Abajo, Spain successful
Tuesday October 16 at 09:30 UTC, which is 11.26.52 CEST, students from CRA Pozohondo, Nava De Abajo, Spain established ARISS contact with NASA astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB on board the International Space Station. Astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB operated with the ISS callsign NA1SS. This was a telebridge contact performed by Luis Anibal Funes amateur radio station LU8YY, located in Argentina.
This school is officially named CRA ( Colegio Rural Agrupado) because it is located in a small village called Nava de Abajo and it only has 30 pupils from kindergarten ( 3 to 5 years old) to the last level of Primay School ( 11- 12 years old pupils). The building is small and there are only four teachers, so the students are organized in mixed levels: Kindergarten, 6-7 years, 8-9 years and 10-11 years of age.
Regarding this activity, it is remarkable to note the keen interest teachers and students show for the knowledge of the Universe. They have developed astrophotography, astronomy ,´astro-tales´ and radioham studios. You can learn more on this website:http://edu.jccm.es/cra/cra_pozohondo
ARISS mentor Marcelo L. Teruel, IK0USO proposed to the radio contact coordinator a telebridge contact. Abel Martinez Garcia EA5IBG, radio contact coordinator, decided in favor of this setup. The contact took place at school, where an audience of about 150 students, visitors,authorities ( Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Castilla La Mancha, JCCM delegate in Albacete, coordinator of education, culture and sport in Albacete, Ministry of Industry) and Media ( local, regional and national) participated to the ARISS contact. Moreover, live streaming video enabled a large audience to follow the event in two separated auditoriums outside the school. Before the contact with the ISS, Abel Martinez Garcia EA5IBG presented the ARISS program, the operations during an contact with the ISS via Ham Radio, and the life of the astronauts in space. Juan Emilio Garcia Heras EA5APW operated the contact in the school and Maria Jose Gonzalez Sanchez, English teacher, provided translations. Marcelo L. Teruel, IK0USO moderated the international teleconference established by NASA for this ARISS event.
At 09:30 UTC , contact with NA1SS was established by station LU8YY. Using the Kenwood radio in the Service Module, Sunita Williams KD5PLB answered 20 questions from the students, exchanged final greetings and closed the contact. During the pass, the signal from the ISS was loud and clear.
H.M. King Don Juan Carlos I de Borbon EA0JC sent His greetings to all the staff involved in the contact.
Live streaming video was available on:
Video of the contact is available also here:
Congratulations to the school staff and the Spanish ARISS Team!
Marcelo Teruel, IK0USO