Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States and other international space agencies and international Amateur Radio organizations around the world including Radio Amateurs of Canada.
The ARISS-Canada Region is represented by two Canadian Delegates:
- Chet Latawiec, VE3CFK (AMSAT Canada)
- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA (President of Radio Amateurs of Canada)
The ARISS Canada Team consists of the following volunteers:
- Wayne Harasimovitch, VE1WPH: East Coast Mentor
- Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ: Western Canada Mentor
- Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD: Central and Northern Canada Mentor
- Lori McFarlane (Teacher – Ottawa-Carleton District School Board)
- Claude Lacasse
- Steve Regan, VA3MGY
- Denis Rule, VE3BF (Professional videographer & photographer)
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, firsthand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on the International Space Station can energize youth and instill an interest in science, technology, and learning.
Further information on the ARISS program is available on their website.
The primary purpose of ARISS is to organize scheduled contacts via Amateur Radio between crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and classrooms or informal education venues.
With the help of experienced volunteers from Amateur Radio clubs and coordination from the ARISS 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.
ARISS Video by Denis Rule, VE3BF: To see what ARISS is all about please see the excellent YouTube video by Denis Rule, VE3BF, which is provided below.
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program conducted its second test of its new distance-learning ARISS radio contacts with astronauts on the morning of Friday, May 15.
Youth members of the Airdrie Space Science Club (ASSC) in Airdrie, Alberta were able to engage in a Q&A session with US astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, onboard the International Space Station (ISS).
You can view a video the successful contact on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/2mflSlShPHA
The event featured an overview of the ARISS program complete with two videos describing the efforts here on Earth and in space required to make the contacts. Thankfully, this was then followed by a very successful contact with the ISS and Q&A.
For more information please visit:
- Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario: January 22
- Airdrie Space Science Club, Airdrie, Alberta: May 15
- Ashbury College Junior School, Ottawa, Ontario: January 23
- College Park School, Lloydminster, Alberta: February 13
- North Point School for Boys, Calgary, Alberta: March 20
- Ulluriaq School, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec: March 28
- 58th Hamilton Scout Group, Stoney Creek, Ontario: April 6
- Shaftesbury High School, Winnipeg, Manitoba: April 10
- École internationale de Saint-Sacrement, Quebec City, Quebec: April 17
- Mildred Hall School in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories: May 27
- Walter Murray Collegiate Institute in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: May 27
On December 3, 2018, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques, KG5FYI, who is originally from Quebec City, travelled to space on his first mission “Perspective.”
He spent about six and a half months aboard the International Space Station (ISS), where he conducted science experiments, operated Canadarm2 and tested new technologies.
Complete information about his mission is available online at the following link: Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques’ mission
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States and other international space agencies and international Amateur Radio organizations around the world.
ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through Amateur Radio.
The Canadian ARISS Team will schedule all of the contacts between the Space Station and schoolchildren and we will provide updated information on these contacts on this webpage throughout 2019 and in the pages of The Canadian Amateur magazine.
Images: © Canadian Space Agency and NASA