ARSPEX WG 2008 ACTIVITY REPORT
IARU Region 1 societies and AMSAT societies are invited to join the ARISS-Europe working group. Presently ARISS-Europe’s member societies are:
ARISS has arrangements with the Space Agencies NASA, ESA, CSA, JAXA and Roscosmos, offering educational outreach, allowing students to talk with astronauts onboard the ISS over amateur radio.
When a waiting school is selected for an upcoming ARISS School Contact, the Operations Committee nominates a "mentor", in charge of preparing the school for the event. This takes about two months. The mentor interfaces with the school and the local radio amateurs. His work is done by phone and e-mail.
Presently, ARISS-Europe mentors are:
Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ
Christophe Candebat, F1MOJ
Howard Long, G6LVB
Francesco de Paolis, IK0WGF
Marco Pernic, 9A8MM
Eskil van Loosdrecht, SM5SRR
In 2008, nine ARISS School Contacts were performed in Region 1:
January - February 2009, 7 ARISS School Contacts were performed in Region 1:
In 2009, the permanent ISS crew will grow from 3 to 9 members. For the first time, a European astronaut will serve as ISS Commander: the Belgian Frank De Winne, ON1DWN. ESA Educational Service has set up an astronaut T-shirt drawing competition for 9-12 year old children. The three winners are an Italian, a Portuguese and a Belgian. The prize is an ARISS School Contact for their school.
Frank De Winne is also UNICEF ambassador and we were asked to set up an
ARISS School Contact with a school in
'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).
The ESA project, called Space Talks, is based on ARISS School Contacts.
The evaluation summary reports will be published by the European Commission in the 3rd week of April 2009.
GENSO is a project initiated under the auspices of the International Space Education Board (ISEB). This board consists of the Education Departments of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) , the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Aeronatics and Space Administration (NASA).
The project is managed by the Education Projects Division of ESA.
GENSO aims to increase the return from educational space missions by forming a worldwide network of ground stations and spacecraft which can interact via a software standard. This will fundamentally change the way that these missions are managed, dramatically increasing the level of access to orbital educational spacecraft.
Educational space missions are often hampered by the relatively small communication windows offered by their typically low orbits and local ground stations.
GENSO is a software standard which allows each ground station on the network to communicate with non-local spacecraft and share data with the spacecraft controllers via the internet. This will allow for a near global coverage in communication for every educational satellite launched, greatly increasing the return from educational space missions and the opportunities for sending commands to the spacecraft.
The design and implementation work is being carried out by a distributed set of student and radio amateur teams worldwide and with over 80 educational spacecraft currently planned there is a very large demand for such a project.
- Graham Shirville, G3VZV, coordinator
- John Rivett, M3RRX
- David Johnson, G4DPZ
- Jim Heck, G3WGM
Close cooperation of the Amateur Radio Service with the Educational Services of the Space Agencies paves the way to a new generation of highly qualified radio amateurs opens an interesting field of activity all hams with a for Space Exploration.
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARSPEX WG chairman