ARISS contact for children’s hospital in Vatican City
July 10 at , local time, Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu, Rome, State of Vatican City estabilished a direct
contact with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP, onboard the International
Space Station. This was a direct contact performed by Amateur radio ground
station HV2VO, installed at children’s hospital in Vatican City.
in 1869 through a generous initiative of the Salviati family, and donated to
the Holy See in 1924, the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital is now a
comprehensive children’s polyclinic. In 1985, it has been formally recognized
by the Italian Ministry of Health as Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere
Scientifico IRCCS (ResearchHospital), and it is now one of
the three Paediatric IRCCS in Italy, and the only one for
Central and Southern Regions. The Hospital is a reference point in Italy and abroad and it is
connected to the most important paediatric centres in Europe and the United States.
mentors Francesco De Paolis IK0WGF proposed to the radio contact coordinator to
set up a direct contact with assistance from the ARISS telebridge station
IK1SLD installed at CasaleMonferratoAirport, Piemonte, Italy. Mr. Marcelo Teruel IK0USO,
coordinator for this ARISS event decided in favor of this setup. Before the
contact participants were trained with presentations about life in space and
radio technique by experts from ARI Roma (Associazione Radioamatori Italiani)
and AMSAT Italia. Thanks to Mr. Stefano Castriotta IW0CZC for the great job.
was established at with IR0ISS, and
astronaut Luca Parmitano requested back-up channel due to many calls from
earth. On secondary channel astronaut Luca Parmitano answered all 12 questions
and listened to greetings from principal of children’s hospital in Vatican City. Signal from the ISS was
loud and clear for the entire pass.
and National Televisions and newspapers covered the event.