How do I contact the space station?
If someone does need to “call” the ISS, operators at mission control centres simply relay the audio through a telephone line to Houston into the very high frequency space-to-ground radio network. The phone number at NASA Johnson Space Center is +1 281-483-0123, but your chances of getting through to the ISS are slim.
Are all astronauts ham radio operators?
Since the earliest days of the Space Shuttle, many astronauts have become licensed radio amateurs to communicate to stations on earth while traveling in space and on the International Space Station. Not all licensed astronauts were part of missions that involved active participation in Amateur Radio activities.
Is ISS transmitting SSTV?
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team will support Slow Scan TV (SSTV) transmissions from the International Space Station (ISS), December 26 – 31. Transmissions should be available worldwide on 145.800 MHz FM, using SSTV mode PD120.
Can astronauts communicate with their families?
When they have some free time, astronauts often take the opportunity to communicate with their families and friends back on Earth. They can communicate with the Earth via: email. Internet phone.
Do cell phones work in outer space?
Originally Answered: Can you use your cell phone in space? Nope. Cell towers are on on Earth’s surface and using phased array focusing and directional antennas, the radio energy is focused down on the surface of the Earth, not into outer space. Most cell phones don’t even work in an airplane while it’s flying.
Can you contact the ISS with a ham radio?
The crew can operate the Kenwood radio in the crossband repeater mode, and hams can make contacts with the ISS station when the crew members are working. Hams can also communicate with each other using the ISS packet (computer) radio mode, or receive slow scan television mode images.
Can ham radio reach space?
According to NASA, that call never happened. Ham radio enthusiasts can, however, connect with astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station.
How do I get a ISS transmission?
What equipment do you need to hear the ISS? Almost any 144 MHz FM rig will receive the ISS, you can even use a general coverage VHF scanner with an external antenna. As far as the antenna is concerned the simpler the better. A ¼ wave ground plane has a high angle of radiation and works well.
How do I get my SSTV photos?
All you need to do to receive SSTV pictures direct from the space station is to connect the audio output of a scanner or amateur radio transceiver via a simple interface to the soundcard on a Windows PC or an Apple iOS device, and tune in to 145.800 MHz FM.
What frequency does the ISS use?
As mentioned above, the transceiver on board the ISS is tuned to transmit radio signals at a frequency of 145.80 MHz. “Anybody with a receiver or scanner able to tune into that frequency can listen to the space station when it’s overhead,” Ransom said.
What is an Ariss contact?
An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities.
How many ham radio contacts have been supported by Ariss?
He had supported ham radio contacts with Mir, SAREX (Shuttle Amateur Radio EXperiment) and ARISS. He’s helped 65 ARISS schools prepare for their radio contacts and utilized his ham radio telebridge station to facilitate 58 ARISS school contacts. Happy 20th Anniversary ISS!!
What is the Ariss relay amateur radio frequency?
The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners who are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the ARISS radio telebridge station. ARISS team member Jan Poppeliers in Aartselaar, Belgium using radio call sign ON4ISS, will serve as the ARISS relay amateur radio station.
How many Ariss education contacts has Tony been involved in?
As the international space agencies transitioned to operations on ISS, Tony focused his efforts on ARISS. He has helped 65 ARISS schools prepare for ARISS contacts and used his ham radio telebridge station for 58 ARISS education contacts throughout the world.