ARISS poster for contact at Ulluriaq School, Kangiqsualujjuaq in Quebec
Post-contact report: the contact was a success!

Pre-Contact Event Promotion:

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Ulluriaq School in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec on Thursday, March 28.

Kangiqsualujjuaq is an Inuit village located on the east coast of Ungava Bay located 950 miles northeast of Montreal. 

The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and LU8YY. The contact should be audible over Argentina 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 International Space Station (ISS) call sign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled astronaut is David St-Jacques, KG5FYI. During David Saint-Jacques’ mission, Radio Amateurs of Canada hopes to establish as many as 20 contacts between the astronaut and youth, both in Canada and around the world.

The ARISS Team from Ottawa will be on location and undertaking the tech support and presentation. We have our humanoid robot with us and we will be using a drone to capture some cool video and stills.

Canadian Space Agency YouTubeThe event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:14 pm ET (16:14 UTC). It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.

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

The Canadian Space Agency will livestream the March 28 conversation on its YouTube accounts as follows:

Source: ARISS Mentor Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD 

Ulluriaq School
Ulluriaq School photo courtesy of Lkovac at the English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

Questions

Kangiqsualujjuaq is an Inuit village located on the east coast of Ungava Bay located 950 miles northeast of Montreal. Kangiqsualujjuaq is pronounced “kan-JIK-soo-an-oo-joo-ak” and means “very large Bay”. Industries in Kangiqsualujjuaq include hunting of caribou, seal and beluga whale, Arctic char fishing, and the production of Inuit art. Ulluriaq School has approximately 200 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1. Where do you sleep?
2. What happens when you sneeze in zero gravity?
3. How do you use the bathroom in space?
4. Is the Internet the same as on earth? Is there Wi-Fi on the space station?
5. How do you communicate with your families?
6. How long does it take to get to the space station and is it the same on the way back to earth?
7. What do you do if you have an emergency and need to go to the doctor?
8. How long can humans stay in space and what is the longest stay so far?
9. What kind of food do you eat in space?
10. Other than Earth, which planet do you think humans could live on and why?
11. Have you ever floated outside the space station? What is it like?
12. How do you control the space station when you’re sleeping?
13. Do astronauts get paid like everyone else?
14. How do you wash yourself each day on the space station?
15. What types of research are you personally involved with?
16. Did you want to be an astronaut when you were young?

Stay tuned for additional information about the contact.

For more information on ARISS please visit:

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

Main ARISS website: http://www.ariss.org