ARISS contact planned with Indiana Area School District, Indiana, PA


An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with Indiana Area School District, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. The event is scheduled Friday October 17, 2014 at 16:41:45 UTC, which is 18.42 CEST. It will be a telebridge contact, operated by IK1SLD.


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


Moreover, 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.


School information:

Indiana, Pennsylvania is a rural town with a population of 32,000 that is situated sixty miles northeast of Pittsburgh.  Our residents enjoy the convenient proximity to a major city, as well as the community-feel and lifestyle of a small town.  The Indiana Area School District has provided a dynamic high-quality educational program for over 170 years.  Our four K-5 elementary schools, one 6-8 junior high school and one 9-12 senior high school serve 2800 students district wide. 


In addition to distinguished academic achievement, our students’ activities include fundraising for a variety of charitable causes, school and community leadership, as well as setting new standards for excellence in both academic and athletics competitions.  In fact, we currently boast two National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists and a third honoree.  We are proud of our student’s accomplishments! 


Our dynamic school programs are part of the building blocks for student success.  Beginning with a commitment to early childhood and pre-K programs to increase student learning readiness, to the rigor and challenge of enrichment options at the elementary school level.  Our secondary programs include an array of Advanced Placement and STEM course offerings, dual enrollment options, and our own cyber school option for students.  Many local residents will tell you, “Indiana, PA is a great place to raise a family.”  This is true because we blend the small town community with a school system that continually strives to provide cutting-edge programs that prepare students to be successful citizens.


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

1. Chase:  How many countries are involved in the International Space Station?

2. Josh: Can you feel the cold of space through your space suit?

3. Liam: Do you believe that there is intelligent life thriving somewhere in the universe?

4. Dave:  Does being weightless have any long-term effects on the human body?

5. Laura:  When do you think we will have the technology for astronauts to travel farther in space?

6. Andre: Which of the research projects that you are working on right now, has the most scientific potential?

7. Axel: Who has the most control over the spacecraft?  The astronauts, stabilization auto-pilot, or mission control?

8. Breanna: What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you in space?

9. Maddie Redhead-Kriston:  Are space suits comfortable?

10. Erica: How do you help your families deal with the dangers of your job?

11. Isabelle: What is the most common misconception teenagers may have about space?

12. Brandon: Do you have any anxiety because you are nowhere near the safety of Earth?

13. Nathan: What college, and what major, would you recommend for someone to become an astronaut?

14. Shaelyn: What is the most interesting, or strangest, thing you have seen in the space station?

15. Tavan: What surprised you the most when you first arrived in space?

16. Maddie Todd: Do you foresee a day when space colonies will be real?


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