... is the akronym for "Amateur Radio on the International Space Station".
ISS (International Space Station) is a space station in low Earth orbit dedicated to scientific research.
Amateur radio station aboard the ISS
The International Space Station (ISS) officially has an amateur radio station on board. It serves as an emergency communication system and allows amateur radio astronauts to make radio contacts with radio amateurs around the world.
ARISS is an international association of radio amateurs, responsible for the management and improvement of the amateur radio station aboard the ISS. In collaboration with NASA, ESA and other space agencies involved in the construction of the ISS, ARISS is responsible for organizing amateur radio contacts between schools and astronauts holding an amateur radio license on board the International Space Station.
ESA Astronaut Tim Peake presents ARISS on ISS
Click on the picture to view the You Tube Video
The school wishing to carry out such an experiment prepares a training program specifically focused on astronautics and technologies related to this type of event and applies.
When the school is selected, the radio contact can be made as soon as a possibility arises. Students then prepare a catalog of questions for the astronauts, and volunteer radio amateurs set up the station with their equipment. During ISS's overfly of about 10 minutes, an astronaut answers students' questions.
The HB4FR "Clin d'Ailes" Swiss Air Force Museum HAM Radio Club had the privilege of setting up and making two ARISS contacts from the Clin d'Ailes Museum.
Visit the following two pages for details:
--> ARISS 2006
--> ARISS 2012
For more information about ARISS, ISS and ESA
--> more about ARISS
--> Inside the International Space Station, ISS Expedition 25 commander Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC, gave a tour of the Russian segment of the orbiting complex, including the Soyuz spacecraft docked there. Wheelock showed off the station's HAM radio, using the call sign "NA1SS," to talk with people on the ground (click on the picture to view the You Tube Video)
-->assembly of the ISS (video)
--> narrated 3D tour of the ISS (video)
--> more about ESA (European Space Agency), the European Space Agency