ISS Expedition 59 crew portraitAn International Space Station (ISS) school contact has been planned with participants at College Park School in Lloydminster, Alberta on Wednesday, February 13.

The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:10 pm MT local time (20:10 UTC 64 deg). 

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The scheduled astronaut is David St-Jacques, KG5FYI, and the ARISS Mentor on site is Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ.

The contact will be direct between NA1SS and VA5ISS. The contact should be audible over Alberta and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

The school will be showing the contact via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/CollegeParkLPSD

Source: ARISS  Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD

Canadian astronaut David Saint-JacquesCollege Park School
Lloydminster, Alberta

College Park School is a relatively new school situated in the Town of Lloydminster on the provincial border between Saskatchewan and Alberta.

It houses over 600 students in a range of grades from Kindergarten to Grade 9.

We are fortunate to have a telescope and an observatory on the roof of the school.

We study space in both Grades 6 & 9 and have many students interested and excited to learn from a Canadian Astronaut.

Student’s First Names & Questions:

1. Addison (Grade 4): What was your first thought when you knew that you were going to space?

2. Jackson (Grade 6): Why did you want to become an astronaut?

3. Brooke (Grade 5/6): What went through your head when you’re counting down the seconds to blast off?

4. Brielle (Grade 1): How long does it take to get to the International Space Station?

5. Caleb (Grade 8): How do astronauts get aboard the International Space Station given its extreme speed?

6. Lexus (Grade 7): Do you get to bring a personal item with you and what did you bring?

7. Landis (Grade 3): What’s your mission on the ISS?

8. Presley (Grade 3): What do you if one of you gets sick while in space?

9. Chloe (grade 1): Are you able to talk to your family?

10. Zachary (Grade 4): What do the Northern Lights look like in space?

11. Brielle (Grade 1): How do you sleep in space?

12. Addison (Grade 4): Who inspired you to go to space?

Background Information:

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.

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 is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, the Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA and CSA, with the AMSAT and International Amateur Radio Union organizations from participating countries.

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.

For additional information on the ARISS program please visit:

RAC ARISS webpage: https://wp.rac.ca/ariss/

ARISS upcoming contacts: http://www.ariss.org/upcoming-contacts.html