Special Notice: Call for Proposals- ARISS Contact Opportunity

I was asked to pass this along to our ARRL Northwestern Division
membership. Montana and South Dakota are the only states remaining where
there has yet to be a coordinated school/ARISS contact effort:

The new proposal window is now open! (The window is October 1, 2019 to
November 30, 2019.)

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is
seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations,
individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with
a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact
would be held between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Crew
scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To
maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for
organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate
the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is November 30, 2019. Proposal
information and documents can be found at www.ariss.org.

The Opportunity:

Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in
scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately
10 minutes in length and allow students to interact with the astronauts
through a question-and-answer session.

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur
Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and
classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences
the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to
live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on
the ISS. Students also will have an opportunity to learn about satellite
communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the
nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities
aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to
accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world with the support of NASA
and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present
educational organizations with this opportunity. The ham radio
organizations’ volunteer efforts provide the equipment and operational
support to enable communication between crew on the ISS and students
around the world using Amateur Radio.

More Information:

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal
guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information
Webinars, go to www.ariss.org.

Please direct any questions to ariss.us.education@gmail.com .

About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a
cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the
space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In
the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
(AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab
and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary
goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEAM) topics by organizing scheduled
contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and
students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio
contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about
space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see

Media Contact:
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
Email: aa4kn@amsat.org

ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: Michael T Ritz, W7VO

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