Students from schools in the town of Bellefontaine will speak with astronaut Kayla Barron on the International Space Station (ISS) by amateur radio at 1:13 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.
Nine students from Bellefontaine Elementary School, Intermediate School and Middle School were selected to ask questions about the space.
This contact is part of the Amateur Radio program on the International Space Station (ARISS).
Bellefontaine is one of nine groups in the United States talking to ISS astronauts using amateur radio through the International Space Station’s Amateur Radio program in the spring of 2022.
“We look forward to all students at Bellefontaine being able to experience the excitement of applying the concepts of radio, science and technology in the real world while having a personal connection with a hero,” said the secretary and director of the BHS Amateur Radio Club, Simon Kauffman, in a press release.
The direct radio link will be between the Lycée Bellefontaine Amateur Radio Club (W8BCS) and Kayla Barron (KI5LAL). Members of the Champaign Logan Amateur Radio Club (W8FTV) provided the equipment and worked with the students to set up the antennas and radios to make this contact possible.
Contact will last about 10 minutes as the ISS passes overhead.
A live stream of the contact will be available on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t5ZQOw2j68.
Students from schools in the town of Bellefontaine also had the opportunity to participate in space-themed lessons and create art in their classrooms.
Barron is part of the Astronaut Class of 2017. She has a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Cambridge and served as an underwater warfare officer before joining NASA.
She was part of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station, which launched on November 10, 2021. She performed two spacewalks as part of this mission. Barron is part of Team Artemis, which is tasked with sending the first woman and next man to walk on the moon in 2024.
ARISS inspires students around the world to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through amateur radio communication opportunities with the orbiting crew of the International Space Station (ISS). ARISS offers the school community the opportunity to become more aware of the substantial benefits of manned spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur during space travel.
For more information on the ARISS program, visit www.ariss.org. Information about this upcoming contact and general information about the radio club can be found at W8BCS.org.