Successful contact for Meadows Elementary School, Manhattan Beach, CA, USA with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA
Friday September 8, 2017 at 17:05 UTC pupils at Meadows Elementary School, Manhattan Beach, CA, USA established ARISS contact with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZØJPA onboard the International Space Station.
This was a direct contact performed by Amateur radio ground station KM6BWB, located at the school in Manhattan Beach, CA, USA.
Meadows Elementary is located in Manhattan Beach, California, about 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Manhattan Beach is a small coastal community- about 36,000 residents, but located close to LAX, giving it a lot of international visitors. It is also located near SpaceX (10 miles), Northrop-Grumman (2 miles), and Boeing Satellite Systems (4 miles), making the area a huge push in the aerospace industry.
Meadows Elementary is one of 7 schools (5 elementary) in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Meadows Elementary is a Kindergarten-5th grade school with about 450 students. While not incredibly diverse, with 62% white, 12% Asian, and 12% Hispanic students, 15% of its students are on an Individualized Education Plan or IEP, to deal with learning difficulties. The campus has a Math Olympiad after-school program that consistently places in the top 5 in LA County, a hands-on science program for all students K-5 during the school day, and a library for every student to access every week with their classroom.
The scheduled contact was established at 17:05 UTC with NA1SS via KM6BWB, within 10-20 seconds of predicted AOS, using the Kenwood Radio in the Russian Service Module. During the scheduled contact ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli answered 21 questions, and additional 2 by students. The school actually went to their backup list of questions since they ran out. There was plenty of time for a nice greeting before the LOS. Signals from the ISS were loud and clear during the whole pass.
About 500 people attended the event. The event was covered by 2 newspapers. The contact was also put on YouTube as a live stream.
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