Amateur Radio Space Exploration is a specialised body of the International Amateur Radio Union, Region 1.
Accordingly to the Terms of Reference, the ARSPEX WG chairman maintains contact with the Space Agencies and with the international organisation ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) with the aim of :
b. Circulating information on these activities to the members of the WG as well as to the Secretary of IARU Region 1;
c. Developing Educational Outreach related to Amateur Radio in Space.
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF has been appointed chairman
Graham Shirville, G3VZV has been appointed assistant chairman
'Framework programmes' (FPs) are the main financial tools through which the European Union supports research and development activities covering almost all scientific disciplines.
ESA's Manned Spaceflight Educational Service has submitted a project to the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The aim of this proposal is to develop an educational project in a collaborative effort between researchers, teachers, didactic experts and the local communities, by integrating and sharing knowledge on inquiry based teaching methods and applying it to and testing it on concrete, appealing events: radiocommunication with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).
When announcing this initiative per ARSPEX Newsletter 2009-01-15, we said that "Odds are low for being selected among the many proposals submitted."
The European Commission has published the result of the evaluation and the ESA project was not selected.
ESA thanked the ten participating institutions, among which ARISS, for their support.
The European Union Framework Programme will probably be continued and future attempts by ESA for a similar project are quite possible. Improving the onboard amateur radio station with extended facilities should enhance chances of support for educational outreach.