Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut, has issued a invitation to UK school pupils to contact him via Amateur Radio whilst he is in space.
Full details about Amateur Radio on the ISS, and how to apply to host a UK based radio link up can be found at http://tinyurl.com/ariss-timpeake.
Tim will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in November of this year and will spend six months working and living on the ISS. Thanks to a collaboration between Amateur Radio on the International Space Stations (ARISS), the UK Space Agency and the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), UK school pupils will be able to contact him whilst he is on board the ISS via a scheduled Amateur Radio link-up.
The ARISS Amateur Radio link-up will take centre stage during a two-day, space related STEM workshop in a select number of schools. In a ten minute window when the ISS will be over the UK, an amateur radio contact will be established with Tim on board the station.
Using only Amateur Radio equipment on the ISS and on the ground, the students will be able to hear, and potentially see, Tim’s response immediately. Tim will be using the amateur radio callsign GB1SS whilst he is talking to UK based schools.