Double ARISS contact for schools in Belgium and in Turkey


An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at CEPES, Jodoigne, Belgium, and Mimar Sinan Özel Okulları, İstanbul, Turkey on Wednesday April 1, 2015. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:20 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and K6DUE. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


The contact will not be audible in Europe. It will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.


Presentation CEPES school


Cepes is situated in Jodoigne, a city in the French speaking region of Belgium. It is a secondary school gathering 810 students. The students participating to the ARISS project specialize in Sciences, Mathematics, Languages and Human Sciences. They are 15 -20 years old.


During this school year, the curriculum is oriented to the ARISS contact:

- Movements of the Earth and planets

- Acquisition of scientific vocabulary

- Studies of volumes and surfaces

- Graphic studies

- Use of instruments and techniques in model building

- Study of the concept of scale and scaling in model building

- Electricity: electrical systems

- Read a map, compass rose, latitude, longitude

- The effect of weightlessness on the human body

- Translation of ARISS contact questions from French into English


Presentation of Mimar Sinan Collage


Mimar Sinan College is situated in Istanbul, Turkey. The students prepared the questions after they learned about the ISS during science lessons.They

also watched videos of astronauts working in the ISS.



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


M = Mimar Sinan College İstanbul, Turkey

C = CEPES Jodoigne, Belgium


1M. What kind of physical exercises did you do during the astronaut training?                    

2C.  What time zone do you use on the ISS?

3M.  Did you participate to survival camps during your astronaut training?                        

4C.  Did you have to change your diet during your training?

5M.  How do you contact your family from on the ISS?

6C.  How are you supplied with food and drinking water?

7M.  Did you bring special food to the ISS?

8C.  Are usual activities as easy in weightlessness as on earth?

9M.  How long was your training as an astronaut?

10C.  What did you feel when launching to space?

11M.  How many hours do you exercise every day?

12C.  What is more precisely your task aboard the ISS?

13M.  Is astronaut food as tasty as at home?

14C.  How do you prefer to spend you free time?

15M.  What happens if an astronaut gets sick?

16C.  What are the physical troubles your body undergoes during a long stay

      on board the ISS?

17M.  How did you feel when you arrived in space?

18C.  How do you have a wash and how do you go to the toilet?

19M.  How do you drink water in zero gravity?

20C.  How are your days organized?



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