In his continued effort to inspire youth in the science of space travel, Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., the fifth private space traveler, will speak with high
school students in three events across the United States through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Students at these schools will have an opportunity to ask Dr. Simonyi questions through Amateur Radio, also known as ham radio, which he will
then answer live from the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbits the Earth. These audio sessions will be recorded and featured in the “Kids’
Space” section on Dr. Simonyi’s website, charlesinspace.com, for all to hear.
“I’m really looking forward to speaking with students while I’m on the ISS,” said Dr. Simonyi. “The hundreds of questions I’ve already received
from children around the world on my website are very mature and intelligent. It’s clear that today’s young people are eager to learn about space
and space travel, and it is great!”
The participating schools, selected by Dr. Simonyi, include Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington; Fairborn High School in Fairborn,
Ohio; and Cedar Point Elementary School in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Bristow, Virginia. Visitors to the site will learn more about these
schools, ham radio, and Dr. Simonyi’s experience earning his American Amateur Radio license.
Dr. Simonyi also acquired his Hungarian Amateur Radio license, and will be contacting students from the Technical University of Budapest in
Hungary during his 10-day stay onboard the ISS, which is provided by Space Adventures,
In further support of the ARISS program, Dr. Simonyi will perform maintenance on various pieces of ham radio equipment on the ISS. This work
will include testing one radio set to isolate an antenna problem with the equipment and reprogramming the default settings on a second unit to
correct a configuration problem.
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