Sunday, March 12, 2017

AMSAT News Service AMS-071

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In this edition:

* US ARISS Proposal Window Remains Open Through April 15, 2017
* First Moon Bounce using Opera
* NEON - NASA Educators Online Network - ANNOUNCEMENTS
* Cubesat Developers Workshop 2017
* ARISS News

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US ARISS Proposal Window Remains Open Through April 15, 2017

Message to US Educators Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity

Call for Proposals
Proposal Window February 15 – April 15, 2017

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2017.  Proposal information and documents can be found at

The Opportunity
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact
with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and ARRL (American Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA and CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space).

More Information
Interested parties can find more information about the program at and

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information Sessions go to

Please direct any questions to ariss at

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]



+ A Successful contact was made between Blair Pointe Upper   Elementary School, Peru, IN, USA and Astronaut Shane Kimbrough   KE5HOD using Callsign NA1SS. The contact began Thu 2017-03-09   15:21:33 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was   Direct via WD9GIU.
ARISS Mentor was Charlie AJ9N.

+ A Successful contact was made between 3rd Junior High School, Komotini, Greece and Astronaut Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD using   Callsign OR4ISS. The contact began  Fri 2017-03-10 08:20:46 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was Direct via  SV7APQ. ARISS Mentor was Bertus PE1KEH.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

McBride  High School, Long Beach, CA, direct via K6MHS
The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG
Contact is a go for: Wed 2017-03-15 16:28:44 UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above information]



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