Monday, April 4, 2011 at 07:53 UTC, i.e. 09:53 CEST, “Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale Enrico Fermi”, Lucca, Italy”, established a ARISS contact with Italian astronaut PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA onboard the International Space Station. ESA astronaut NESPOLI operated with the special Italian callsign IR0ISS that he will use during his mission. The “Enrico Fermi” State Technical Institute in Lucca operated the contact with callsign IQ5LU.


State Technical Industrial Institute is named to Enrico Fermi and is located in Lucca, Northern Tuscany. The Institute offers a five years curriculum in Mechanics, Electrotechnics, Electronics, Information and Communication Technology, with several laboratories, to about 700 students aged 15-19. They had an Amateur Radio Club with the callsign IK5YOI (licence expired).


ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to the radio contact coordinator in Lucca a direct contact with assistance by ARISS Telebridge station IK1SLD installed at Casale Monferrato Airport, Piemonte, Italy. Mr. Andrea Ghilardi IK5QLU, radio contact coordinator for this ARISS event, decided in favor of a direct with assistance by IK1SLD telebridge station. The questions were asked by the students in the school where an audience of about 150 students, teachers, visitors and media participated to the event.


At 07:53 UTC, contact with IR0ISS was established by station IQ5LU. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 16 questions and exchanged greetings before of the closing of the contact. The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all the time.


Regional Television, local media and newspapers covered the event.


Streaming video was available on:


The ARISS contact was announced by web story on ESA Portal - National News:


Congratulations to both ARISS “IQ5LU” and “IK1SLD” teams!




Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor

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