Delcastle Technical High School is the first school in Delaware and one of only 13 selected this year across the country to have a live contact with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). As part of an ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) project, students talked with Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor using an amateur “ham” radio frequency on Oct. 24 as the ISS flew over Delaware. Radio Newark (a local science station broadcasting at 99.9 FM) and the NCCVT Technology Department provided tech operations for the communication.
In addition to the hundreds of students in the Delcastle auditorium who witnessed the exchange, the school district streamed the event live on Facebook, where thousands of other students and parents from across the state watched and listened.
Serving as a great backdrop for the event was a 10-station exhibit brought to Delcastle by ILC Dover, maker of spacesuits and space equipment. Groups of Delcastle science students toured the exhibit for two days prior to the live contact, learning about ILC’s history of space products. To learn more about Delcastle’s ARISS event, visit www.TalkToTheSpaceStation.com