An ARISS educational school contact is planned with students at I.E.S. Pedro de Valdivia, Villanueva de la Serena, Spain, multi point telebridge via ON4ISS. A multi-point telebridge contact means that each student will be on the telebridge from their own home: the students will be talking with the ISS from their homes over phone lines.
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled astronaut is Chris Cassidy KF5KDR. Contact is a go for Tuesday June 16, 2020 at 12:25 UTC.
Downlink signals will be audible over Western Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM, RX only! (Credit: AMSAT.)
Proposed questions generated by Pedro de Valdivia students:
1. Paula: Due to Covid-19 we have to stay at home. Do you have any advice for us?
2. Jesús: Do you think that the Astrobee robot is the beginning of a new generation of robots that would work in the ISS?
3. Iván: Does weightlessness affect your thinking?
4. Antonio: How do you keep fit if you are at zero gravity?
5. David: What do you do to entertain yourselves in the ISS?
6. Paola: After living in space, have you gained a new perspective on life and our everyday problems?
7. Carlos: Did you feel sick while you were in the rocket?
8. José Manuel: What inspired you the most to become an astronaut?
9. Elisa: What is the basis for your diet?
10. Carlos: What would happen if you cried in space? How would tears react?
11. Luis: Is your space suit comfortable?
The Instituto de Enseñanza Secundaria “Pedro de Valdivia” understands that the formation of its students must have an integral character: it puts special emphasis on language teaching, which gives them access to other documents, cultures and realities to which they can open their minds; and at the same time it gives special importance to science and technology, which will give them tools to integrate into a rapidly evolving and changing world. All this is based on the need to pay attention to the diversity of abilities and interests of these young people who are the ones who give meaning to our work. In the last four years we have been developing the IESPV-Space project for communication with the International Space Station (ISS) and other satellites, with students whose interests go beyond what is included in the curriculum. With them, we have studied and observed the pass of the ISS, participated in NASA’s EarthKam program of photography from the ISS, built communication equipment with which we have contacted the ISS in different ways (reception of ARISS contacts, SSTV images, APRS data) and now thanks to the ARISS program we will contact an astronaut on board the ISS.