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Successful contact for TX-801st Air Force JROTC at Burleson High, USA, with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 14:50 UTC students at Burleson Independent School, Burleson, Texas, USA established ARISS contact with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZØJPA onboard the International Space Station.

This was a telebridge contact performed by Amateur radio ground station W6SRJ, located at COLLEGE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.

School Information:

The Burleson Independent School district educates almost 12,000 students, the majority between the ages of four and nineteen. 67% of the student population is White, 22% is Hispanic, and 6% is African American. The final 5% is a wide mix of ethnicities. 37% of the district’s student population participates in the federal Free/Reduced Lunch program. The predominant native languages are English and Spanish, but 25 other native languages are represented within the student population.

The district’s vision is for every learner to graduate with 21st Century problem solving and reasoning skills so that they are ready to embrace their dynamic future in a global society. The AFJROTC objectives include ensuring every cadet develops: an appreciation of the basic elements and requirements for national security; respect for and an understanding of the need for constituted authority in a democratic society; patriotism and an understanding of their personal obligation to contribute to national security; habits of orderliness and precision; a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, and leadership; a broad-based knowledge of the aerospace age and fundamental aerospace doctrine, basic military skills; a knowledge of and an appreciation for the traditions of the Air Force; and an interest in completing high school and pursuing higher educational goals or skills.

The scheduled contact was established at 14:50 UTC with NA1SS via W6SRJ. During the scheduled contact ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli answered all 19 questions, using the Kenwood Radio in the Russian Service Module. The last answer was not completely received as the ISS went LOS.  AOS and LOS were right on time and signals were good throughout.

There were approximately 225 students, teachers, and parents in the early morning (for the school day) audience.  The Burleson Star newspaper attended. Signals from the ISS were loud and clear during the whole pass.

vy 73 de ARISS Europe Staff