Almost every human has looked to the sky, looked to the dark pool of stars and planets and thought- “What truly is it like to be up there?”. Inevitably, we all have questions about the great beyond that is space, and what it must be like in the day in the life of an astronaut. With questions galore, the Amateur Radio Club at Council Rock South comes into play. A club ran through the ARISS program as well as NASA, the Amateur Radio Club lets students experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio. And in a few months, the wonderment of wonder what lies above the clouds might just get some answers...
This coming December, supported by ARISS as a product of months of hard work, the Amateur Radio Club will be making contact with the International Space Station. This contact will be a once in a lifetime experience for many, as Council Rock is one of very few schools in the entire nation that have been given the opportunity. In the span of about twenty minutes, club members will have the opportunity to ask an astronaut on board with the station a wide variety of questions, an unforgettable experience nonetheless. This can all be accounted for from the two active teams; the Engineering team, creating hands on experiences to operate the radios, and the Marketing Team, helping to publicize the contact itself. With the help of these two hard working teams on board in the Amateur Radio Club, the contact will be as smooth and as successful as possible.
With work still underway, there is lots that is needed to be completed for the Amateur Radio Club before our contact in December. Updates on the progress will be posted in order to keep the community up to date with advancements of the contact. We are very excited to proceed with this opportunity, and achieve great things in the process!
Written by Peyton Brillhart