Crew members aboard the International Space Station are able to communicate with students all over the world using the station’s ham radio, a radio that uses amateur radio technology to operate. Since its inaugural contact in 2000, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) project has been used to connect more than a quarter of a million students with the astronauts living and working aboard the space station, exposing the students to science, radio technology, and space.
Although many different pieces of technology are required for a ham radio contact to be successful, one of the most important is the collaboration between the many groups of people involved. Just like the space station is a multi-national effort, each ham radio contact requires groups from various cultures, careers, and countries to work together to achieve a common goal: inspiring future generations.
Each ARISS contact raises awareness about the space station and the scientific research the crew members conduct each day.
Here are four ways ham radio on the space station connects and inspires the world:
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