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Successful contact for West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

Monday September 4, 2017 at 15:54 UTC young people at SWest Virginia University, Lane Dept. of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Morgantown, WV 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 W8CUL, located at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA.

School Information:

The Amateur Radio Club at WVU has existed since 1912, making it one of the oldest student organization at WVU. They provide students a testbed to conduct various experiments such as satellite and digital communications, radio astronomy and drone development. They are housed within the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, which provides educational programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and biometric systems. WVU is a land grant university and is the largest educational institution in the state. Located in Morgantown, WV, with branch campuses spread throughout the state, WVU is extremely involved in all state affairs. As of 2015, slightly under 30,000 students were enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs, a population comprised nearly equally (49%/51%) of in-state and out-of-state students, respectively. Present at our contact will be students from elementary and middle schools from throughout the surrounding area.

The scheduled contact was established at 15:54 UTC with NA1SS via W8CUL, after 3' of AOS, using the Kenwood Radio in Russian Service Module. During the scheduled contact ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli answered 15 questions out of their 20 question total. Signals from the ISS were loud and clear during the whole pass.

vy 73 de ARISS Europe Staff