Schools ISS Tim Peake contact

| July 14, 2015
Tim Peake during training on the Soyuz-TMA simulator

Tim Peake during training on the Soyuz-TMA simulator

The list of schools that will have the opportunity to contact British ESA astronaut Tim Peake using amateur radio while he is in orbit has been revealed today at the UK Space Conference.

The schools will host a direct link-up with the International Space Station (ISS) during two-day, space-related STEM workshops.

In a 10-minute window when the ISS will be over the UK, an amateur radio contact will be established with Tim, and students will be able to ask him questions about his life and work on board the ISS.

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) will work with the schools to teach their pupils about amateur radio and will support links with local amateur radio clubs.

The following schools have been shortlisted for a possible contact with Tim:

  • Ashfield Primary School, Otley, West Yorkshire
  • The Derby High School, Derby
  • The Kings School, Ottery St Mary
  • Norwich School, Norwich
  • Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bristol
  • Powys Secondary Schools Joint, Powys
  • Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth
  • Sandringham School, St Albans
  • St Richard’s Catholic College, Bexhill-on-Sea
  • Wellesley House School, Broadstairs

Tim will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) this December and will spend six months working and living on the ISS.

Thanks to collaboration between Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), the UK Space Agency, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and the European Space Agency (ESA), 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 UK Operations team will now begin work with the shortlisted schools to prepare them for this exceptional opportunity during the mission of the first British ESA astronaut.


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