NASA Sets Date for ARISS Contact in Jurupa Valley, CA
Flabob Airport students and NASA to host
on-air Q & A with astronaut aboard the International Space Station
UPDATE: Contact to occur Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 10:03AM PDT.
Students at Flabob Airportís Tom Wathen Center in Jurupa Valley are preparing to talk to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.
The live question-and-answer session is scheduled for 10 minutes during the morning of April 19, 2012. The amateur radio contact will take place in hangar #16A at the historic Flabob Airport and is free to the public.
This project is organized by Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), an international volunteer amateur radio organization. ARISS cooperates with space agencies of the many countries participating with the orbiting space station to implement and prepare these educational projects for youth. The Flabob opportunity is coordinated by The Tom Wathen Centerís Kathy Rohm and ARISS school technical support volunteer Clint Bradford.
Prior to the ARISS contact, students learn astronaut selection and training, the history and mission of space station and mission control, rocket fabrication, radio technology and communication topics.
ARISS and NASA strive to enhance teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. ARISS contacts are an integral component of Teaching From Space, a NASA education office that promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of human spaceflight.
For additional information:
-Project Web site: http://www.iss-flabob.com
-Clint Bradford: ARISS technical support volunteer
(909) 241-7666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thirteen months in the making ... Here's our hangar setup for tomorrow's ARISS contact
with flight engineer Pettit -
We will continue to use our project's Web site after tomorrow to promote amateur radio
and our space program. I will be creating a "More Info" page in the next few hours.
Clint Bradford K6LCS
SUCCESS at Flabob Airport this morning!
Flight engineer Pettit answered all seventeen of our questions - from fifteen students.
211 in the audience, including 120 Flabob students, media, city council members, Gordon West and Don Arnold,
and other dignitaries. AND a lot of parents, too!
California's sixth largest daily newspaper, The Press-Enterprise, sent a reporter, videographer, and photographer.
The Bob Heil & Gordon West mediacast, Ham Nation, sent a videographer - and we will be on an episode in the
next couple of weeks. The editor and publisher of The Riverside County Record newspaper was there - acting as
reporter and photographer. I have received several messages from friends who heard my six-minute interview on
our local PBS radio affiliate, KVCR, this morning. The Inland Empire Television Network videotaped the entire
MORE COMING - Watch our Web site at ...
... as we offer links and publications on amateur radio, our space programs, ARISS, AMSAT, ARRL, ham radio
licensing - and MORE - on our MORE INFO page.
Clint Bradford, K6LCS
good deal I still remember the thrill the first time I worked them
"If it aint broke don't fix it. "If you can't fix it get a bigger hammer."