Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Hams in Space; ISS to be Outfitted With Amateur Radio

SpaceDaily.com reminds us that thanks to the successful launch of Discovery last week, the International Space Station is currently home to five Ham radio operators. The next crew, Expedition 14, will contain three amateur radio operators, the first time the entire crew will consist of Hams.

Later this year the ESA's Columbus module will be lifted by shuttle to the ISS. It contains amateur radio equipment for communications with stations on Earth.
Called ARISS, the educational station provides an opportunity for station-based astronauts to educate students back on Earth.
Cool thing about it: Partially funded by private donations. European donations...

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