Media Advisory: ITU radioamateur station 4U1ITU to facilitate radio contact with International Space Station and Geneva school students

Aim to inspire students to seek careers in science and technology

Geneva, 15 September 2014 – The ITU International Amateur Radio Club (IARC) 4U1ITU will establish a direct radioamateur contact with the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) to facilitate communication with students of the Institut Florimont school in Geneva and astronauts on board. This radio contact is coordinated by the IARC and Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), a non-profit organization run by volunteers and amateur radio enthusiasts. ARISS has been working with IARC and Institut Florimont students who have taken a keen interest in amateur radiocommunications as well as in space exploration.

The radio contact with ISS will take place from the ITU radioamateur station 4U1ITU during a flyby of the orbiter over Geneva on 17 September, starting at 10:17 CEST. ITU supports amateur radio activities within its Radiocommunication Bureau and ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré is an amateur radio operator (call sign HB9EHT).

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