ARISS school contact planned for 24th World Scout Jamboree, USA
International Space Station school contact has been planned for Drew Morgan KI5AAA with participants at 24th World Scout Jamboree, Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve, West Virginia, USA.
The events is planned Saturday July 27, 2019. It is scheduled to begin at approximately 18.27 UTC, which is 20.27 CEST.
The contact will be a telebridge operated by ON4ISS. The downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz
The 24th World Scout Jamboree is hosted by the North American team of Canada, Mexico, and USA. It is an event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. 40,000 Scouts are expected to be in attendance from 160 countries. Scouts are ages 14 to 17, male and female, all races and nationalities. Official languages are English, French, and Spanish, but many other languages will be spoken at the event, reflecting the worldwide diversity of Scouting.
Amateur radio has been in operation at World Scout Jamborees since GB3SP in 1957 in the United Kingdom. From this effort grew Jamboree on the Air, now the largest annual Scouting event in the world with nearly 2 million Scouts participating. Subsequent World Jamborees provided amateur radio operations and most of the recent events also hosted an ARISS Contact. This track record demonstrates Scouting’s ever present focus on science, technology, engineering, and math as well as the magic of making two-way contacts at a distance — even in space with an astronaut on the International Space Station.
The site of the World Scout Jamboree is the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia, USA. This is also where the USA National Jamborees are held. Most recently Astronaut Luca Parmitano conducted an ARISS contact during the 2013 Jamboree. We send a special note to Astronaut Drew Morgan, an assistant Scoutmaster, for his encouragement during our proposal.
1. What do you think is the most important thing you believe young people should do in Scouting to help them in their future careers such as being an astronaut or working in the sciences?
2. Here at the World Jamboree we like to trade items with scouts from around the world as a way to bond and remember our new friendships. Do you ever trade patches or parts of your uniforms with your international crew members?
3. What is the single prettiest place or region on Earth to see from space?
4. Do you bring something special with you so when you get back, so you can say, “This has been in space!”?
5. What food do you miss the most that you can’t have in space?
6. What if the ISS lost communication with Earth?
7. What kind of emergency drills or practice do you do aboard the ISS, and how often?
8. Do you need to drink more or less water in space than you do on earth?
9. How do the plants orientate themselves to grow in space?
10. Is biological cell division the same in space as on Earth?
11. How did it feel to see Earth from space for the first time?
12. A part of the Scout Law is A Scout is Reverent. Have you had a memorable moment during your time on the ISS that has led to you showing reverence?
13. Have you been on a spacewalk yet? If so, what is it like walking outside the ISS?
14. Of all the professions available, why did you choose to become an astronaut?
15. If there was one thing you wish you could have learned when you were younger in an organization such as the Scouts, or at school, to help you perform tasks in space, what would it be?
16. Are there any bugs or animals on the ISS now and if so, what is their purpose?
17. What is the single most important quality that you possess that you think got you into the space program?
18. With everyone, and many things, floating in microgravity, how do you keep the space station clean?
19. Do you have regular sleep and work schedules?
20. What are the best and worst aspects about living on board the ISS?
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, JAXA, and CSA. The US Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provide ARISS special support.
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.
The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums. Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.ariss-eu.organd www.amsat-on.be/hamtv-summary/.