ARISS contact for school in St. Gallen, Switzerland, audible in Europe


An International Space Station contact is planned for Kantonsschule am Burggraben, St. Gallen, Switzerland. The event is scheduled for  Monday 24 August 2015 at 12.24 UTC,  which is 14.24 CEST. This will be a direct radio contact between OR4ISS and HB9SG.


The signals from space will be audible in Europe on 145.800MHz FM.


Currently, the Kantonsschule am Burggraben, St. Gallen (KSBG) in Switzerland comprises

approximately 1250 pupils and 180 teachers. Our school is in Eastern Switzerland, in the

German-speaking part of Switzerland and near the border to Germany and Austria.


The students who will ask the ISS team their questions are between 16 and 17 years old.

They are in a class whose focus is on science and mathematics. Later, most of these students

want to study in the field of science. Our school also has an observatory and the students

have the possibility to attend a course on astronomy.


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


1. Christian: Do you feel the speed you are travelling at inside the space station?


2. Andrina: What was the most difficult thing to get used to on the ISS?


3. Haxhere: Can you return to earth any time?


4. Jennifer: Does it take long to adapt to zero gravity?


5. Oliver: What time do you set your clock to? Is there official ISS time?


6. Elena: Do you have an idea why there are just a few female astronauts?


7. Florian: How is it for you to be away from your family and friends for so long?


8. Fabio: What’s the most important discovery you have made on the ISS?


9. Christian: How difficult is it to live with the same people all the time?


10. Andrina: What is the thing you miss the most up in the ISS? Like for example family, certain foods, gravity.


11. Haxhere: What do you do when you are sick?


12. Jennifer: Can you describe the feeling that you get when you look down on earth?


13. Oliver: What are you afraid of when you are in space? 


14. Elena: What was the most dangerous situation you’ve ever had in the spaceship?


15. Florian: Have you had the idea of going to space since you were a child?


16. Fabio: What kind of experiments are you conducting at the moment?


17. Christian: How long do you have sunlight?


18. Andrina: What is the best thing about being an astronaut?


19. Haxhere: Do you have any private space for yourself?


20. Jennifer: How realistic was your training on earth compared to the situation in space?



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