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    SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-265.02 Richard Garriott W5KWQ ISS Operations Will Include SSTV AMSAT News Service Bulletin 265.02 From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 21, 2008
      SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-265.02
      Richard Garriott W5KWQ ISS Operations Will Include SSTV

      AMSAT News Service Bulletin 265.02
      September 21, 2008
      BID: $ANS-265.02

      Richard Garriott W5KWQ ISS Operations Will Include SSTV

      September 18, 2008
      Silver Spring, Maryland

      Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, to communicate with Students and Ham Radio
      Operators World-wide through the Amateur Radio Station on-board the
      International Space Station (ISS)

      Through multiple agreements with NASA, the Russian Space Agency, RSC
      Energia, Space Adventures Ltd, and ARISS (Amateur Radio on the Inter-
      national Space Station), Richard Garriott will fly to ISS and will
      communicate with students, ham radio operators, friends, and family
      world-wide using the ARISS amateur radio station on-board the ISS.

      Richard Garriott, with the amateur radio callsign, W5KWQ is the sixth
      private citizen to be flown by the Russian space agency to the ISS. A
      legendary video game programmer and designer, Garriott will be travel-
      ing to orbit this October and will speak with hundreds of students
      while thousands more listen in during a series of ten-minute ham radio
      contacts. His on-orbit stay on Soyuz and ISS is planned for October 12
      through 22, 2008.

      The locales for the worldwide student contacts include eight Challenger
      Learning Centers in the U.S., the Austin Liberal Arts and Sciences
      Academy in Austin, Texas, the Pinehurst School in Ashland, Oregon,
      the Budbrooke School in the U.K., and the National Space Challenge in
      Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Garriott also plans to have random chats with
      scouts world-wide as part of the amateur radio "Jamboree on the Air"
      which is planned for October 18 and 19.

      "An important aspect of Richard Garriott's mission is to encourage
      students' interest in science and technology through the amateur radio
      contacts," said Rosalie White, ARISS International Secretary-Treasurer
      and ARISS Program Manager for ARRL (American Radio Relay League).
      "ARISS team members from all over the world volunteer their time every
      day so that students receive opportunities that we hope will cause them
      to study harder and learn more about any educational subject."

      The connection from the ISS to individual student locations will be
      established through an amateur radio station set up directly at the
      school or through the ARISS network of worldwide amateur radio ground
      stations utilized to link Garriott directly with students. The amateur
      radio system works similar to the way mission control centers in the
      United States and Russia talk to their space explorers.

      To date, the ARISS international working group volunteer team has
      conducted over 360 school contacts with crew members using ham radio
      on the ISS. The team has also set up radio contacts for family members
      of space explorers via ham radio. And have enabled countless contacts
      between the ISS crew members and hams on the ground. All previous
      Space Adventures private citizens who have flown to ISS have used the
      ARISS equipment to talk to school students, ham radio operators and
      friends and family.

      As part of Richard Garriott's science investigations, he will be
      taking highdefinition photographs of many parts of the Earth and
      comparing them to photos taken on previous space missions. In con-
      junction with his Earth science investigation, Mr. Garriott is flying
      special amateur radio electronics that will enable him to send and
      receive low resolution images from space, comparable to cell phone
      images. Through this ham radio system, called Slow-Scan Television
      (SSTV), Garriott will beam down images of the Earth to schools and ham
      radio operators on the ground so that they can actively participate
      in his mission.

      Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chairman and AMSAT Vice
      President for Human Spaceflight Programs, states: "The ARISS team
      is quite excited about Richard's flight. He is very interested in
      bringing the wonders of space to those of us on Earth and he sees
      amateur radio as a great mechanism to make that happen. Through
      his school and scout voice contacts, his SSTV image downlinks and
      his communications with the world-wide amateur radio community, we
      see his mission as being "action packed" from an amateur radio

      Bauer continues, "What is extra special is that Richard Garriott's
      flight coincides almost 25 years from when his father, Owen Garriott,
      made history as the first ham radio operator to communicate with
      radio amateurs from space on the STS-9 Space Shuttle mission." Owen
      Garriott's call sign is W5LFL. Richard also hopes to link up with
      his father via amateur radio during his flight.

      Currently, Mr. Garriott is finishing his final spaceflight preparations
      at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC) located in Star City,
      Russia. His launch date is scheduled for October 12, 2008, with ISS
      docking planned for October 14 and undocking planned for October 22.
      Mr. Garriott was trained thoroughly to be a member of the Soyuz TMA-13/
      17S crew.

      Since its first flight with Owen Garriott, in November 1983, Ham Radio
      has flown on more than two-dozen space shuttle missions, on the Mir
      Space Station and on the ISS. ARISS is the first and longest continuous
      operating educational outreach program to fly on the ISS. ARISS is an
      internationally-based working group, sponsored by the national amateur
      radio organizations and the international AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite
      Corporation) organizations from each country as well as the ISS space
      agency partners. In the United States, ARISS is sponsored by the Ameri-
      can Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation-
      North America (AMSAT-NA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Admin-
      istration (NASA). NASA's education office provides support to ARISS
      and guidance in the development of ARISS educational objectives.

      The primary purpose of ARISS is to allow students engaged in a science
      and technology curriculum to speak with an astronaut orbiting the
      Earth on the International Space Station. Using amateur radio,
      students ask questions about life in space or other space-related
      topics. Students fully participate in the ARISS contact by helping
      set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using
      that station to talk directly with the on-board crew member. Prep-
      aration for the experience motivates the children to learn about
      radio waves, space technology, science, geography and the space
      environment. In many cases, the students help write press releases
      and give presentations on the contact to their fellow students and
      to the local community. Through this hands-on experience, students
      are engaged and educated in the Science, Technology, Engineering and
      Mathematics (STEM) fields, and are inspired to pursue STEM-related

      For more information about amateur radio on the ISS and Richard
      Garriott's flight, go to:


      Scout Jamboree on the Air:

      Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO
      AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs
      ARISS International Chairman

      [ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

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