Saturday November 12, 2011 at 09.50 UTC, which is 10:50 CEST, Istituto Superiore Marconi, Bari, Italy established an ARISS contact with NASA astronaut Michael E. Fossum KF5AQG onboard the International Space Station. Astronaut Michael E. Fossum operated with ISS callsign OR4ISS. This was a telebridge contact performed by ARISS ground station IK1SLD located at Casale Monferrato, Piemonte, 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. 

ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to the radio contact coordinator for this event to set up a telebridge contact. Mr. Michele Mallardi, IZ7EVR the radio contact coordinator, decided in favor of this setup. Mr. Claudio Ariotti, IK1SLD moderated the session. The questions were read by the students at Guglielmo Marconi High School in Bari where an audience of about 200 students, teachers, visitors participated to the ARISS event.

At 09:50 UTC, contact with OR4ISS was established by station IK1SLD and the operator presented the event to NASA astronaut Michael E. Fossum KF5AQG.  Using the amateur station aboard the ISS Service Module, the astronaut answered 10 questions prepared by students and exchanged greetings. During the pass the signal from ISS was loud and clear.

Streaming video was for both contacts on:

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

Congratulations to ARISS Puglia Team and to IK1SLD !


Francesco – IK0WGF

ARISS mentor

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