ARISS CONTACT FOR ESA ASTRONAUT PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA WITH SCHOOL IN VERANO BRIANZA SUCCESSFUL
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011 at 12:15 UTC, i.e. 13:15 “Istituto Comprensivo di Verano Brianza”, Verano Brianza, Monza Brianza, Italy”, established a ARISS contact with Italian astronaut PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA onboard the International Space Station. ESA astronaut NESPOLI operated with the special Italian callsign IR0ISS that he will use during his mission. The “Verano Brianza” State Comprehensive School operated the contact with callsign IZ2TBX.
Comprehensive Institute with three different school levels: kindergarten, primary school and middle school is attended by 700 children in 36 classrooms. Founded in late 1960’s, this school was attended by Paolo Nespoli. Verano Brianza is a small town of about 7000 citizens, not far from Monza, in the heart of a beautiful area called Brianza. Verano Brianza is the place where Paolo Nespoli lived and where his relatives are living.
ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to the radio contact coordinator in Verano Brianza a direct contact with assistance by ARISS Telebridge station IK1SLD installed at Casale Monferrato Airport, Piemonte, Italy. Gianpietro Ferrario IZ2GOJ, radio contact coordinator for this ARISS event, decided in favor of a direct with assistance by IK1SLD telebridge station. The questions were read by the students in the school where an audience of about 200 students, teachers and about 50 visitors and media assisted to the contact.
At 12:15 UTC, contact with IR0ISS was established by station IZ2TBX. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 15 questions. Before the closing of the contact, greetings were exchanged via IK1SLD. The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all the time.
Regional, local media and newspapers covered the event.
Streaming video counted about 70 connections on:
ARISS contact was announced by web story on ESA Portal - National News:
Congratulations to both ARISS “IZ2TBX” and “IK1SLD” teams!
Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF