A special update from Amateur Radio On The ISS (ARISS) leader and Yuri’s Night fan, Clint Bradford:
On board the International Space Station (ISS) is an amateur radio satellite project named “ARISSat-1.” This satellite was designed, developed and tested by volunteers from the Amateur Radio Satellite Corporation (AMSAT-NA) and the Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS) program. The primary mission for the satellite is education via NASA’s STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to students all over the planet. The radio transmissions from the satellite will be able to be heard with minimal ham radio equipment, and students will be documenting the process in classroom exercises.
There are 24 pre-recorded greetings in 15 languages, most with a “secret word” at the end, and a message from Yuri, too. Students (or classes) can email their “secret word reception reports” and receive a certificate from AMSAT. The satellite also has four cameras on board that will constantly be taking pictures and sending them to Earth using amateur radio.
What does this have to do with our April 12 celebration of Yuri Gagarin’s accomplishments?
Although the deployment of this amateur radio satellite is not scheduled until this summer, Russian astronauts aboard the ISS will be turning the satellite “ON” on April 12 – to celebrate Yuri’s flight! Amateur radio operators across the globe will be monitoring this special event.
The exact time on April 12 when the satellite will be deployed has not been announced by the Russian Federal Space Agency. But for information on this project – including the amateur radio frequency being used and information on how to track the ISS to know when it passes over your region – please visit …
Clint Bradford, K6LCS
ARISS Technical Support