July 11, 2009


Saterday 11 July 2009, students at Technopolis, Mechelen, Belgium enjoyed a space talk with astronaut Frank De Winne aboard the International Space Station.

The radio contact was performed by ARISS groundstation LU8YY, located in Argentina and operated by Luis. Daniel, LU5YBR provided assistance, while Rik, ON7YD handled operations at Technopolis.

ARISS VOIP coordinator Graham Lawton G7EVY distributed the radiocontact over *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* EchoLink Conference nodes. Doug, VE1LDL made the audio available on the IRLP network.

De Winne answered 14 questions.

Three radio and TV stations and two newspapers covered the event.

A recording of the space talk will be made available, appended to this Bulletin, archived at :


ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.


Gaston Bertels, ON4WF

ARISS Chairman

Audio recording mp3