ARISS contact planned for school in Italy


Thursday 12 May 2011 at 09:57 UTC, which is 11.57 CEST, an ARISS school contact is planned for Tecnico Industriale Statale “Gerolamo e Margherita Montani”, Fermo, Italy


Gerolamo e Margherita Montani Higher Technical Institute is located in Fermo, the most important and ancient town in the district north of the province. Fermo has become recently a new Province of  Marche Region.


The Montani Institute is one of the earliest Italian technical schools. These are the courses that the school offers: Chemistry, Materials and Biotechnologies, Electronics and Electrotechnical, Computer Science and Telecommunications, Mechanics, Mechatronics and Energy.


The direct radio contact will be conducted in Italian and operated by I6KZR.


Students aged 14-19 will ask as many of following questions as time allows.


1. Rudy. What insulating material of the part exposed to the sun of the ISS must be used to withstand the high temperature?
2. Leonardo. What is the maximum and minimum temperature outside the orbiting station?
3. Claudio . What is the terminal velocity when the spacecraft enters the atmosphere?
4. Francesco. Is an astronaut’s life boring?
5. Lorenzo. What training does an astronaut have to take before he can go into space?
6. Michele. What is our earth like seen from ISS? Can we distinguish mountain ranges from plain areas, oceans or the heavily pollute areas?
7. Eros. Can you see the Chinese Wall from the ISS?
8. Emanuele. What are the physical characteristic that a person had to have to became an astronaut?
9. Marco. What are your work assignments inside the ISS?
10. Gian Marco. Can accidents occur in outer space? If so how to behave properly?
11. Michele. What measurement system has been agreed on amongst the nations in the designing and construction of the ISS module?
12. Giacomo. What is your typical day like?
13. Lorenzo. What is your nourishment inside the space station?
14. Carlo. How do you obtain the necessary liquids when you are thirsty And for personal hygiene?
15. Francesco. What measures have been taken to help track space debris?
16. Simone. Do you have space adaptation syndrome due to the lack of gravity for such a long period of time?
17. Gregorio. What are the performance criteria for space-to earth data transmission?
18. Francesco. For the earth-space communications, which radio devices are used?
19. Leonardo. How much power have those device?
20. Giacomo. At which speed the ISS moves?
21. Martin. Given the constant motion of the ISS, what type of antenna is required to send signals from the ISS to earth?
22. Alessandro. What are the construction materials for antennas?
23. Claudio. What is the average daily cost of the space mission?
24. Michele. Have the space station its own motors? If it have, how they are powered?

The event will probably be webcast in streaming video on:


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