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ARISS marked its 20th anniversary

Date : 27 / 07 / 2017
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) had outstanding success with many receiving its Slow Scan TV images of the past and present. The images were collected from throughout the world and transmitted on a number of days starting with July 20. The ISS Russian Segment computer stored them and each were transmitted by a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver.

What resulted was a display of unique images sharing the accomplishments of ARISS over the last two decades. They traced development from the first meeting that led to ARISS being the voice link for school groups, to the modern era of Ham-TV delivering television contacts from the space station with students in some countries.

The ARISS primary aim is to enable students to engage in conversation with orbiting astronauts and this has inspired many to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). ARISS Australian Coordinator Shane Lynd VK4KHZ said he was aware that several VK radio amateurs received all 12 images. He was among those who got all in the series. When the event was announced there were concerns that there would be insufficient time to receive all images, but at this was not supported by the facts. Shane VK4KHZ said the SSTV slides included those of astronauts supported by Australian ground stations while on the ISS.

Congratulations to ARISS for coming up with the concept shown on the ARISS SSTV blogspot directly accessible via this Link and all who received the images from space.


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