Aussie school contacts the ISS

September 22nd, 2017 by

The Beenleigh State High School about 30km south of Brisbane had a late night chat with Italian astronaut and engineer, Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact happened recently at 11pm Queensland time, before students, parents and educators.

The evening started at 9pm with telescopes in the school grounds and an informative tour through the solar system. Nick McClean of Gilmore Space Australia, explained the development of reusable space delivery vehicles, followed by science teacher Chris Meagher with an inspirational video of Paolo IZ0JPA.

ARISS Coordinator Shane Lynd VK4KHZ had set up a portable satellite tracking station with antennas and auto-doppler correction. This emulated the ground station K6DUE telebridge in the Goddard Space Flight Centre, Maryland USA, with students very interested to see the antennas begin tracking. Paolo IZ0JPA answered all 13 students explaining passionately each response in great detail.

The excited students, parents and educators then sent a burst of applause to the ISS just before K6DUE closed the link.