Last week, amateur radio enthusiast Adrian Lane sent a call signal to the International Space Station. To his shock and delight, he got a reply. He chatted with an astronaut for about 45 seconds before the station went out of range. That means you, too, can try calling the station! Ham radio refers to a set of radio frequencies allocated by the FCC for amateur enthusiasts.
You Can Talk to the ISS With Nothing But a Ham Radio
Contact the ISS - ARISS
ARISS lets students worldwide 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. Read More. Testing continued into the following week, where the IORS successfully passed power quality and acoustics testing. Each input voltage type was also tested at low , medium and high line voltage. So it should not be surprising why the tests took two weeks to complete. ARISS can now begin final assembly of the flight safety certification in preparation for launch. ARISS is working towards launch ready status by the end of the year.
How to Call Space Station Astronauts on the Radio
Contact the ISS. Some ISS crew members make random, unscheduled, amateur radio voice contacts with earth-bound radio amateurs, often called "hams". They can make radio contacts during their breaks, pre-sleep time and before and after mealtime. Astronauts have contacted thousands of hams around the world. The work schedules of the ISS crew dictate when they are able to operate the radios.
It must be surreal to have a casual chat with humans who are floating up there in the void, but technologically, it's really not even that hard. There are two ways to get in touch. ARISS will schedule astronaut chat-time for schools or other educational organizations, but you can also just try your luck.