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Saturday August 31, ARISS contact scheduled with India – Downlink audible in Europe

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Gwalior Glory High School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India on 31 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:22 UTC, which is 13:22 CEST. The contact will be a telebridge between IR0ISS and IK1SLD, located in Northern Italy. The contact should be audible in Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz downlink.The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

Gwalior Glory High School was established in Gwalior in the year 1991. Affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, it has been running successfully over the years and has grown since inception from primary to a full fledged senior secondary school. Its unique curriculum, zest, zeal and an onward driving force have made it possible to attain the highest levels of excellence.

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Friday August 30, ARISS contact scheduled with youth group in the Netherlands

An International Space Station educational contact is scheduled Friday August 30, 2013 with participants of Amicale Space Camp organized by Sterrenlab for children of the European Patent Office/NL, Leiden, The Netherlands. The event is to begin at approximately 12:11:43 UTC , which is 14:12 CEST.

This will be a direct contact operated by PA3GUO. Interested parties are invited to listen to the downlink signal on 145.800MHz FM.

Presentation: Sterrenlab is a small company in the field of science communication and education, specialized in the organization of international science and space camps for children and teenagers. The European Patent Office is a European organization with several sites in Europe.

The conversation with astronaut Christopher J. Cassidy KF5KDR will be conducted in English. Participants will ask as many of following questions as time allows:

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Ham Video transmitter onboard Columbus

How a DATV transmitter on S-band is being added to the ARISS equipment onboard the International Space Station has been related in an announcement recently circulated and available at www.ariss-eu.org/HamVideo.pdf

The ARISS Ham Video transmitter is presently onboard Columbus. The transmitter was delivered by Japanese cargo spacecraft HTV-4, which launched August 4 and docked 5 days later. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano IR0ISS reported that the bags are stored in Columbus. There are two bags: one for the transmitter, the other for the power, camera and antenna cables.

Installation will be done by US astronaut Michael Hopkins KF5LJG who has been trained for the commissioning of the Ham Video equipment.The commissioning is planned later in the year, possibly end October when there are favourable passes over Italy. Indeed, the tests transmissions for the commissioning of the onboard equipment will be received by the ground station of the “Centro di Geodesia Spaziale” of the Italian Space Agency, located in Matera, Southern Italy.

We will report in due time on the commissioning procedure which will involve a series of tests to be performed during 3 or 4 ISS passes. Possibly, the Ham Video transmitter will transmit continuously between the commissioning steps offering amateur ground stations the opportunity to test and tune their receiving equipment. The transmissions will be performed in automatic mode, without requiring crew time. The camera, which runs on a battery, will not be used and the ground stations will receive a black image.

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ARISS contact scheduled with Scouts Moot in Canada – Downlink audible in Europe

An International Space Station educational contact is scheduled Monday August 12, 2013 with participants of 14th World Scout Moot Canada 2013, Camp Awacamenj Mino, Ottawa-Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

The event is to begin at approximately 18:46:59 UTC, which is 20:46:59 CEST.

This will be a telebridge contact operated by IK1SLD, located in Northern Italy. Interested parties are invited to listen to the downlink signal on 145.800MHz FM.

The contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.

Presentation: The 14th World Scout Moot will take place at Awacamenj Mino Camp, Québec, Canada from 8 - 18 August 2013. The host organization, l\'Association des Scouts du Canada, is eagerly preparing to welcome up to 5,000 young adults from around the world to Canada for this once-in-a-lifetime Scouting experience! Participation is open to members of all National Scout Organizations between the ages of 18 and 25 inclusive. Those aged 26 and over are encouraged to attend the Moot as members of the International Service Team.

Additional info at http://www.scout.org/en/information_events/events/world_scout_events/moot/14 th_world_scout_moot

The conversation with astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP will be conducted in English. Participants will ask as many of following questions as time allows:

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Wednesday August 7, ARISS contact scheduled with school in Fleurance, France

An International Space Station educational contact is scheduled Wednesday August 7, 2013 with participants of Ecole Primaire Pasteur, Fleurance, France. The event is to begin at approximately 11:01:18 UTC, which is 13:01 CEST.

This will be a telebridge contact operated by LU1CGB, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.

Presentation: Fleurance is a town located in the Gers department in the South-West of France, with a population of 6339 inhabitants. The most famous gastronomic specialities are the foie gras and more generally all the cooking with duck, the armagnac (a french digestive), melon and the astronomy. Every summer since 1981, Fleurance hosts the largest European Astronomy Festival where more than 50 astronomers and Space Science specialists are invited to present their research in front of several thousands of astronomy enthusiasts.

For 8 years, this Festival has developed a children festival, called Astro-jeunes, in order to introduce the mysteries of our Universe to children (aged 4 to 16 years old). For the 2013 edition, we have collaborated with the primary school of Fleurance and the CE2 students (10 years old) to prepare the contact with the International Space Station during the Festival. 80 children are involved in this preparation, and they have benefited from the expertise of the xociety "Le Monde de la Ferme des Etoiles" as well as of the team of Astro-jeunes (young researchers) to study the different components of the space station, the different steps of a rocket launch as well as the observation of the ISS during the night. More than 150 children will attend the contact with the ISS, and they will meet astronaut Michel Tognini during the week of the 8th Astro-jeunes festival.

The conversation with astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP will be conducted in French. Participants will ask as many of following questions as time allows:

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