October 20, 2009




An Expedition 20 ARISS school contact is planned for ISS Commander Frank De Winne with participants from VTI Ieper high school and elementary school Piramide, Roeselare, Belgium.


VTI profiles itself as a school for thinkers, daredevils and doers, where technicians feel at ease. The policy of the technical institute consists of three pillars: the pupil is the central focus, the staff makes the difference and regional embedment. All pupils asking questions are first-year students, following a general education providing the basics of construction, electricity, mechanics and carpentry.


Elementary school de Piramide is special as it is a method school according to the vision of Carl Medaer. This means that children, parents and teachers join hands to make projects work. In an atmosphere of respect for everybody’s freedom and opinion all subjects are mixed to develop a theme. All pupils asking questions are aged between 10 and 12.


This telebridge contact is scheduled on Friday 23 October at approximately 11:07 UTC, which is 13:07 CEST, via ARISS ground station VK4KHZ. The space talk will be conducted in Dutch.


The audio will expectedly be distributed on *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* EchoLink servers.


Participants will ask as many of following questions as time allows:


1. Klaas. Is het moeilijk om andere kleren aan te trekken ?

Is it difficult to change clothes?


2. Louise.  Waarom werd jij precies gekozen om naar het ISS te gaan ?

Why were you selected for a space mission?


3. Andreas.  Wekt het ISS statische elektriciteit op door de draaiing ?

Does the movement of the ISS generate static electrical charges?


4. Aron. Waarom ben je kosmonaut geworden ?

Why did you become an astronaut?


5. Timo. Hoe lang was je F-16 piloot ?

How long have you been F-16 pilot?


6. Robbe. Zie je de sterren zoals wij ze op aarde zien ?

Do you see the stars as we see them from Earth?


7. Tjorven. Hoe voelt het als je terug vertrekt uit het ruimtestation ?

How do you feel when leaving the station?


8. Gianni. Welke problemen heb je reeds ondervonden ?

What kind of problems did you experience?


9. Nick. Gaat de tijd snel in de ruimte ?

Is time fast in space?


10. Bram. Moet je wel eens het ruimtestation verlaten ?

Do you have to get out of the station sometimes?


11. Robin. Heb je nooit zin in een zak frieten ?

Do you sometimes wish you had a portion chips?


12. Xena. Wat doe je om je te ontspannen ?

How do you relax?


13. Cameron. Bestaat er nog een ander manier om elektriciteit te produceren in de ruimte dan zonnepanelen ?

Is there another way to produce electrical power in space than solar panels?


14. Yara. Wat is jouw taak aan boord ?

What is your task on board?


15. Lennert. Wat ga je als eerste doen als je terug thuiskomt ?

What will you first do when back home?


16. Jelle. Wat doen jullie met jullie afval ?

How do you dispose of waste?


17. Linde. Heb je soms meningverschillen met je collega’s aan boord ?

Do you sometimes have a difference of opinion with crew members?


18. Ambroos. Heeft er iemand al een gaatje in z’n tand gehad ?

Did it happen, that a crew member developed tooth caries?


 19. Delphine. Wat is het gevolg voor het lichaam als je lang in de ruimte verblijft ?

What are the effects on the human body after a long time in space?


 20. Julie. Wat zal je taak zijn als boordcommandant ?

What is your task as commander?


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