SUCCESSFUL ARISS CONTACT FOR ASSOCIATION
Intercultura is the Italian representative of AFS Intercultural Programs (
In Italy, Intercultura is a no profit organization (ONLUS) recognised by the Italian government, under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The professional staff of Intercultura counts 40 people who work in the headquarter of Colle Val d’Elsa (Siena) or in the PR offices based in Milan and Rome.The 4.000 affiliated volunteers are organized in 140 local chapters offering their voluntary work to promote international school based exchange programs.
ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IKØWGF proposed to coordinator Teacher Mr. Raffaele Pirola to set up a telebridge contact and this was accepted. The event took place in the Giovanni XXIII conference center in Frascati, near
At , contact with NA1SS was established by ARISS telebridge ground station W6SRJ. Telebridge operator Tim Bosma exchanged welcome greetings and presented the school to ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP. Using the Ericsson radio in the Columbus Module, the astronaut answered 14 questions from the students, exchanged final greetings and closed the contact. During the most part of the pass, the signal from the ISS was loud and clear.
The contact was broadcasted on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.
The event was covered by National TV stations and newspapers. See:
Live Streaming video was available on:
Video of the contact is available also here:
ARISS contact was announced by web story on ESA Portal - National News:
Congratulations to the school, the IKØWGF team, John AG9D and ARISS telebridge station W6SRJ, operated by Tim Bosma.
Francesco De Paolis, IKØWGF - ARISS mentor
Gianpietro Ferrario, IZ2GOJ – ARISS moderator