ARISS contact planned with Space Kamp, Noordwijk, the Netherlands


An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with Space Kamp, Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The event is scheduled Tuesday August 26, 2014 at 11:36 UTC. It will be a telebridge contact operated by IK1SLD in northern Italy.


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


The contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.


The Amicale Space Camp is addressed to 25 children aged 8-13 years old of different European nationalities. It is addressed to children of the European Patent Office staff and takes place in Noordwijk (Stay Okay hostel) from the 25th to the 29th of August 2014. All camp activities are designed to entertain children, stimulate their creative and manual skills, and teach them about science and space. The contact with the International Space Station will be a key activity in the programme as it gives the children the opportunity to talk with an astronaut and understand that space is an international endeavour.


Students will ask as many of following questions as time allows:


1. Laura (12):  Do you think we are alone in the universe?

2. William (12):  Do you have a fridge on the ISS?

3. Enrique K. (12):  Would you prefer to go to Mars or land on a comet?

4. Camille (11):  Is it difficult to move on the ISS?

5. Margot (11):  Do you always get along with your crew mates?

6. Esther (11):  Do you have animals on board the International Space Station?

7. Adelie (10):  Do you like building things?

8. Rolan (10):  Do you like working with people from all over the world?

9. Loic (10):  How long was your training as an astronaut?

10. Jean-Pierre (9):  Were you happy when you got selected as an astronaut?

11. Emilie (9):  What kind of physical exercises do you do during the astronaut training?

12. Husselin (8):  How do you distinguish day and night on ISS?

13. Thomas (8):  Is astronaut food as good as at home?

14. Maxime (8): Are you homesick?

15. Noah (7):  What happens if you get sick on the ISS?

16. Ingmar (12):  Do you like science?

17. Thibault (11):  Do you work as a team on the ISS?

18. Enrique V. (11):  Do you think aliens exist?

19. Matis (8):  What do you prefer, rugby, football or martial arts?

20. Emma (8):  Did you have many friends when you were a child?


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 Europe Chairman