Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 07:10 UTC, which is 9.10 CEST, “Scuola Primaria III Circolo Tiro a Segno”, Fermo, and “Scuola Primaria Viale della Vittoria”, Montecosaro, 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 “Tiro a Segno” and “Viale della Vittoria” primary schools operated the contact with callsign I6KZR.


The Primary School "Tiro a Segno" (Shooting) is located in Fermo, Marche Region, Italy. The school developed a project called "New technologies". The project aims an efficient approach to technology and the children are involved in educational research and experiments. Members of the local radio amateurs club teach the students the importance Ham Radio activities and the practice of telegraphy.


Montecosaro is a little town in the province of Macerata, in the valley of Chienti. The school "Viale della Vittoria" offers the students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge covered by the Ministerial programs and to use this knowledge for preparing a serene and conscious life. To increase the educational offer, several projects are developed, such as computer science, the game of chess engines, pottery, art and expression.


ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to the radio contact coordinator in Fermo a direct contact with assistance by ARISS Telebridge station IK1SLD installed at Casale Monferrato Airport, Piemonte, Italy. Renzo Ciarpella I6KZR, radio contact coordinator for this ARISS event, decided in favor of this set up. The questions were asked by the students of both schools where an audience of about 350 students, teachers, visitors and media participated to the event.


At 07:10 UTC, contact with IR0ISS was established by station I6KZR. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 13 questions and exchanged greetings before of the closing of the contact. The ISS link was provided by I6KZR ground station, located in Fermo and connected with “Viale della Vittoria” primary school in Motecosaro per VoIP and UHF, as well as by ARISS Telebridge station IK1SLD per phone line. The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all the time.


Regional Television, local media and newspapers covered the event.


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


Congratulations to both ARISS “I6KZR” and “IK1SLD” teams!




Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor

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