ARISS contact for two French schools


An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Collège Paul Langevin, Saint Junien, France, direct via  F8KFZ/P and Ecole La Malmaison”, Rueil-Malmaison, France, direct via F6KFA/p on 19 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:17 UTC.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.


The contact should be audible over France and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in French.



School Information:

Presentation Collège Paul Langevin


The College Paul Langevin, situated in the town centre of Saint-Junien in the west of the Haute Vienne and the Limousin (400 Km south of Paris), is a former primary school that became a general mixed college in 1964. The college follows a general teaching syllabus and a further syllabus for teaching children of special needs. The college is composed of 6 sixth year classes, 5 fifth year classes, 5 fourth year classes and 4 third year classes. Languages taught are: English, German, Spanish and Latin. The college also has an athletic syllabus. This school year 2014-2015, the college has 615 students split over the four years. This includes the special needs children who benefit from inclusion in class life. 64 Students are in this special needs program. These students have significant and persistent difficulties in terms of academic learning but do not have intellectual disabilities.



Presentation Ecole “La Malmaison


The elementary school “La Malmaison” is located in the department of “Hauts-de-Seine” in the city of Rueil-Malmaison, about 15 Km west of Paris, and 10 km away from the Versailles Palace.  The school is surrounded by famous historic places:

The Castle of Malmaison (where Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine de Beauharnais lived at the end of the 18th Century), the banks of River Seine, depicted by famous Impressionist painters (Renoir, Manet and Monet) at the end of the 19th century, the Mount Valerien, with its national memorial of 2nd World War French combatants, the National Archeologic museum in the Castle of St Germain-en-Laye city nearby.

The target of this ARISS project is to encourage the children to study scientific activities like the life aboard the ISS, the solar system, the day & night caused by earth rotation, electricity experiences, the air quality on earth, and on the ISS, the weight on earth and the zero-gravity in space…

This ARISS project is an opportunity to visit the Radio amateur Club Station of Rueil-Malmaison (F6KFA) and discover their experiences on radio waves phenomena, learn the Morse code…


Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:



1.  Combien de temps vous faut-il pour vous habituer à la vie dans la


2.  Quels sont vos loisirs à bord?

3.  Avez-vous emmené un objet personnel dans l'espace?

4.  Faites-vous des expériences en commun ou bien chacun a-t-il son module et

    ses propres expériences pour son pays?

5.  Que mangez vous?

6.  Depuis combien de temps êtes vous dans l'espace?

7.  Que ressentez vous, lorsque vous êtes en apesanteur?

8.  Est-ce qu’il est possible d’aller dans l’ISS quand on a un handicap


9.  Quelle est la plus belle chose que vous ayez vu dans l’espace?

10.  Avez vous un engin de secours pour revenir sur terre en cas d'urgence?

11.  Êtes-vous angoissée à l'idée de ne pas redescendre sur terre?

12.  Comment devenir astronaute ? Quelles études avez-vous faites?

13.  Parlez vous souvent à votre famille?

14.  Comment vous brossez vous les dents?

15.  Il paraît que quand on revient de l'espace, on ne peut pas marcher,

     combien de temps dure cet état?

16.  Combien de fois vérifiez-vous votre santé dans l'ISS?

17.  Qu'est ce qui vous a donné envie de devenir astronaute?

18.  J’ai lu que l’ISS  n’allait plus être utilisée en 2017. Est -ce que

     c’est vrai ? Et y aura-t-il alors la construction d'une autre station?

19.  Quel est le plus gros danger de l'espace?

20.  Quelle expérience faites-vous en ce moment?



ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.


ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board 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