ARISS contact planned with “Marconi” High School in Bari


Saturday November 12, 2011 at approximately 09.50 UTC, an ARISS contact is planned for I.S.S. “G. Marconi”, Bari, Italy.


The ISS (High School) “Marconi” was founded in 1940. The institute is specialized in the technological field and at the same time it is a scientific high school (applied science). There are more than 600 students and the ARI (Radioamateur Association of Bari) is part of the ISS “Marconi” body. The Institute has participated in the EduSat project, headed by ASI (Italian Space Agency) in collaboration with IMT - Ingegneria Marketing e Tecnologia (Italian SME). The ISS “Marconi” was the main Institute among South Italy High Schools involved in the above project. EduSAT is still in progress and the students are studying aerospace concepts such as space environment, space telecommunications, satellite subsystems and so on. A Technological Satellite Simulator has been realized by IMT to help students make experiments in the laboratory. 


This will be a telebridge contact operated by IK1SLD. The conversation will be conducted in English.


Downlink signals will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz FM.


Students, aged 14-18, will ask as many of following qustions as time allows.


1. Is it hard to get used to spatial disorientation?

2. Are on-board computers built with special care to survive in the space?

3. Is the recycling system of O2 (oxygen) and H2O (water) self-sufficient, and if not, to what extent?

4. Is the last device mounted on the ISS AMS by R. Vittori starting to show results in relation to why it was built?

5. What are your tasks in this mission?

6. Are there in the ISS experiments to improve our health and wellness?

7. How do you spend the free time that remains, if it remains, after you have secured the daily operation of the station in all its aspects?

8. How do the air conditioning systems of the station work in orbit at high and low temperatures for exposure to the sun and in shade?

9. What are the optimal health conditions to deal with space travel?

10. How to defend yourself from cosmic radiation in the ISS?

11. How often does the ISS need to be pulled up, as it tends to get off the racing line of the orbit?

12. What is the ideal daily diet of an astronaut?

13. May the ISS have a role in the future interplanetary travels?

14. Have the spacesuits, used for extravehicular activity (EVA), been improved technologically from the project "Apollo"?

15. Has a system of artificial gravity been created on the ISS for scientific purposes?

16. How many years of life remain to the ISS?

17. How many astronauts can and must live on the station, the min. the max., and in fully operational conditions?

18. Are there supply circuits in case of power failure in the telecommunications system?

19. When you're in orbit, do you succeed to dominate the fear of the unexpected and the thought of the imponderable?

20. If and how the real life changes after this experience?


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