Friday July 11, 2014 at 09:37 UTC, which is 11:37 local time, DLR School Lab, Braunschweig, Germany established a ARISS contacts with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO, onboard the International Space Station. This was a direct contact performed by Amateur radio ground station DN2DLR, located at school.


The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is one of Europe's largest and most modern research institutions. Here is where the aircraft of the future are being developed and pilots trained, rocket engines tested and images of distant planets analyzed. In addition, over 7,700 DLR staff members are investigating next-generation high-speed trains, environmentally responsible methods of generating energy, and much more...


DLR_School_Lab in Braunschweig investigates many topics related to transportation: whether on the road, rails, or in the air. In various experiments, school classes can acquaint themselves with the research topics being studied at the science institutes at DLR Braunschweig.


Mentor Francesco De Paolis IKWGF proposed to the radio coordinators Mr. Michael Przybilla, DD2MIC and Mr. Niels Holger Siegmund DH1AL the direct contact supported by Telebridge Station IK1SLD and this was accepted. About 150 students, parents, visitors and media attended the event at contact site.


Contact was established at 09:37 UTC, which is 11:37 CEST local time, with DPISS. Astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO answered 13 questions by students. Signals from the ISS was loud and clear during all ISS pass.


NDR Television, 3 radio broadcaster, local media and 5 newspapers covered the event.


Here two tv reports on NDR:,hallonds22506.html,sendung252830.html


The event was on DLR Portal:


The DARC (Germanys Amateur Radio Club) has an article on its main page:



Congratulations to ARISS DLR Team and IK1SLD Team!



Francesco De Paolis, IKWGF

ARISS Mentor


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