When astronauts, cosmonauts and mission specialists from many nations fly on the international space station, they will have amateur, or ham, radio as a constant companion. Since its first flight in , ham radio has flown on more than two-dozen space shuttle missions. They have pioneered space radio experimentation, including television and text messaging as well as voice communication. When U. As human space flight moves into a new uncharted era, an organization called ARISS , which stands for Amateur Radio on international space station, has been formed to design, build and operate equipment. NASA and the Russian space organization Energia have signed agreements that spell out the place of amateur radio on the station.
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Hosting an ARISS Contact
Most of the astronauts on the International Space Station are licenced Radio Amateurs and sometimes during their spare time they talk to other Radio Amateurs back on earth. There is a special thrill in talking to an astronaut out in space! As far as the antenna is concerned the simpler the better. Large MHz colinears are not as good because the radiation pattern is concentrated at the horizon while the ISS is above 15 degrees elevation for most of a pass. In the UK we use narrow 2.
Hosting an ARISS Contact
Forgot Password? Find more details at www. With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers from amateur radio clubs and coordination from the A RISS team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science centers and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps, where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies and Amateur Radio. The method used will depend on the radio station equipment and experienced radio amateur volunteers available to support the contact as well as technical issues related to the orbit of the ISS over the contact location. Because the ARISS program supports the testing and installation of Amateur Radio stations aboard the ISS, astronauts have the equipment available to also make unscheduled ham radio contacts with radio amateurs all around the world on a one-to-one basis during their personal time.
Contact the ISS. Some ISS crew members make random, unscheduled, amateur radio voice contacts with earth-bound radio amateurs, often called "hams". They can make radio contacts during their breaks, pre-sleep time and before and after mealtime. Astronauts have contacted thousands of hams around the world. The work schedules of the ISS crew dictate when they are able to operate the radios.