ARISS – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Tim Peake will become the first British ESA astronaut when he starts his journey to the International Space Station in November 2015. This represents a unique opportunity to reach out to students all over the UK and help inspire them to become the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
The UK Space Agency, with the assistance of ARISS, AMSAT-UK and the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) have a limited number of opportunities for schools across the whole of the United Kingdom to speak to Tim whilst he is on orbit in the International Space Station. These opportunities are enabled by the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) program and involve the use of amateur radio stations that are established in schools and which link directly to the ISS as it passes overhead, at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour. Each contact lasts approximately ten minutes and leaves those involved with a lifelong memory of a truly outstanding event.