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The International Space Station seen from Space Shuttle Discovery

Get pictures from the ISS and learn about radio communication!

09/07/2020 5121 views 50 likes
ESA / Education

Would you like to receive pictures directly from the International Space Station (ISS) and become a  radio communication pro? Then watch this instructional video, prepared for you by the ESA Education team with several of its ESERO Offices and other international partners, such as ARISS and the Goonhilly Earth Station.

You’ll find out how to use a software-defined radio receiver accessible from a web browser to collect the ISS pictures. A range of step-by-step tutorials will show you how to set up the required software, test it and then obtain the pictures the ISS is sending on your computer or smartphone. There are seven tutorials in total covering Windows 7, Windows 10, Mac OS, Raspberry Pi, Ubuntu, iOS/iPhone and Android. 

How to get pictures from the International Space Station via amateur radio
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Please note that we are expecting the ISS to transmit pictures in the next weeks for the 45th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz test project. A perfect opportunity to try this activity for real yourself! 

Note for the teachers
This activity is focused on strengthening the learning of curricular topics, such as the electromagnetic spectrum and radio waves behaviour and propagation, through amateur radio communication techniques.

The practical activity presented here will be in future complemented by additional classroom resources that include simple additional experiments.

Watch here the tutorial for your chosen OS.