October 02, 2009




Friday, 02 October 2009 at 14:41 UTC, i.e. 16:41 local time, “Alighieri - Trevigi” School, Casale Monferrato, Italy, established a direct contact with astronaut Nicole Stott KE5GJN on board the International Space Station. The Amateur Radio school station operated the contact with callsign IK1SLD.


Trevigi Lower Secondary School is a prestigious educational institution in the city centre of Casale Monferrato. Casale is a small town situated on the River Po, in Piedmont (Northern Italy). The students, both boys and girls, number about 450; they are between 11 and 14 years old.

The school offers a good standard education through several basic subjects of study that develop the student’s general knowledge. They also study English and French or Spanish as foreign languages.

A virtual travel in space, communicating with astronauts, is the final event of several school activities concerning Science, History, Geography, Maths, Information Technology and English. Also, it will help students to improve their communicative skills.


Mr. Claudio Ariotti, IK1SLD, the contact coordinator for this ISS contact, decided in favour of a direct contact. Before the contact, ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF introduced the event with ARISS presentation by phone. The questions were read by the students. The contact site was located in the school, where an audience of more than 200 students, parents, teachers, visitors and the mass media could follow the contact.


At 14:41 UTC, contact with OR4ISS was established by station IK1SLD. Nicole Stott answered 21 questions. The sequence of the questions finished 2 minutes before LOS has allowed to thank astronaut for the participation. The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all the time.


The audio and video was distributed on: http://www.ik1sld.org/live and on: http://www.batc.tv

689 Contacts by Web streaming from Italy (264), Poland (111), United States (118), United Kingdom (29), Belgium (26), France (32), N/A           22, Germany (19), Denmark (14), Romania (6), Spain (8), Netherlands (9), Australia (5), Canada (3), Portugal (4), Ireland (4), Japan (6), South Africa (3), Argentina (3), Austria, Bulgaria,  Ukraine (2), Mexico, Sweden, Russian Federation, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Israel (1).


A video is presently visible at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0heXH6uYF88


Local media and newspapers covered the event.


Congratulations to “ARI CASALE Monferrato” team!


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.



Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor

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