Students coordinate telebridge contact through Amateur Radio to learn about space communications
BURLESON, Texas (Nov. 8, 2017) – Students in the Burleson Independent School District (BISD) will interview an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station to learn about space communication. Astronaut Paolo Nespoli will speak with students through a coordinated telebridge contact via Amateur Radio.
The program will begin Monday, November 13, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Burleson High School, located at 100 Elk Drive in Burleson. Contact will be made at 8:50 a.m. Students will speak with Astronaut Nepoli for approximately nine minutes.
View the contact live via this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/user/nathanatbisd/live.
Last fall, the BISD TX-801st AFJROTC and Student Spaceflight Experiments Programs (SSEP) jointly submitted an application to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) to make a live “contact” during Fall 2017. Students have been preparing for the contact all year through their curriculum work and amateur radio opportunities offered in the Burleson community. High school students in related science classes, AFJROTC students, and students involved in SSEP submitted questions to AFJROTC senior student officers, who selected these 19 questions for the Contact:
Students in BISD will coordinate a telebridge contact with Santa Rosa Junior College in California, who will make the direct contact with their Amateur Radio equipment. The initial call to the telebridge will be at 8 a.m., the BISD program will officially begin at 8:15 a.m., and contact with the ISS will occur at 8:50 a.m. Students expect contact to last approximately nine minutes.
The community is invited to witness this event at the Burleson High School Auditorium or watch it stream live on the internet. Information for streaming video will be posted on the BISD website before contact begins.
To learn more about innovative education opportunities in BISD, visit the department of Academic Innovation website.
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (“ARISS”) inspires students, worldwide, to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew. ARISS provides opportunities for the school community (students, teachers, families and community members) to become more aware of the substantial benefits of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on spaceflight journeys.
ARISS was created and is managed by an international working group, including several countries in Europe as well as Japan, Russia, Canada, and the USA. The organization is run by volunteers from the national amateur radio organizations and the international AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) organizations from each country. Learn more at http://www.ariss.org/about.html.
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program [or SSEP] is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre- college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.
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Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler
Burleson ISD Communications