Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
School Application Form Instructions
For a Scheduled Radio Contact with the International Space Station
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Congratulations on taking the first step toward a rewarding experience for your entire school! The ARISS program requires each school to submit an application which must be approved before the school can be scheduled for a contact. The school is asked to design a science and space oriented educational proposal which will be taken into account for the approval of the application.
Please read these instructions before filling out the application.
Steps to a successful application:
1. Decide if your school will apply for a direct or a telebridge contact. If selecting a telebridge contact, fill out section A of the application only. If you wish to do a direct contact, then also fill out section B.
For a telebridge contact, please see: Telebridge Guidelines
2. Complete the application form. Prepare your school's educational proposal.
The educational proposal should include information on how your school will:
a) integrate this activity into the school curriculum.
b) involve as many grade levels as you can (essay contests, planning a Mars outpost, learning to track the ISS, learning about basic circuit boards, poster drawing, letter writing).
c) obtain as much media coverage as possible.
3. E-mail is the preferred method for submitting an application. Each ARISS Region will coordinate contacts within that region. If your country is listed among the following e-mail addresses, please send your application there. If your country is not specifically listed, send your application to the nearest ARISS Region listed. If you are unsure of which address to use, please send to the ARISS-Canada address, and we will forward to the appropriate coordinator for you. If you have any questions, please ask your ARISS representative.
ARISS-Canada and all other countries not covered: Maurice-André Vigneault, VE3VIG email@example.com
ARISS-Europe: Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF firstname.lastname@example.org
ARISS-Japan and all Region 3 countries (Asia-Pacific): Keigo Komuro JA1KAB email@example.com
ARISS-Russia: Valeriy Agabekov N2WW/UA6HZ firstname.lastname@example.org
4. In compliance with privacy laws on the detention and the processing of personal information, the applicants are invited to complete and sign the authorization statement at the end of section A. This page shall be scanned and e-mailed to the ARISS School Selection Manager.
5. An e-mail message will be sent to you confirming the receipt of your application. This message will advise you if your application was accepted for further processing, or the reason(s) it was rejected. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation within three weeks please resubmit the application. If an e-mail address does not work, please forward your application to any of the other coordinators.
6. Continued communication with ARISS is to be done by e-mail to facilitate exchange of information.
7. The application will be placed in a queue. Approximately 6 months before the contact occurs, an ARISS mentor (coordinator) will be assigned to the school.
8. When a contact date and time has been assigned to you, ARISS will notify you via e-mail. Please reply immediately and acknowledge receipt of that message.
9. Make sure that a signed NASA photo/audio/video/Web site release form is submitted by each student's parent or guardian.
10. The ARISS school mentor will guide you through the contact preparations.
Disclaimer: Neither the ARISS program nor NASA can be held liable in any manner if a scheduled radio contact is not performed. Space operation constraints may force a last minute cancellation. The ARISS contact is an experiment and as such the results of the experiment are not known positive or negative until the experiment is over.
15 November 2011