ARISS Radio Upgrade on ISS for student outreach
$14,820 raised
10% of $150k goal
64 contributors
58 Weeks left Ends Dec 31, 2019
Raise $150,000 for critical amateur radio infrastructure upgrade on ISS to enable students to talk to astronauts in space via amateur radio.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) inspires students, worldwide, to pursue interests and  careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the  International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew.  Students learn about life on board the ISS and explore Earth from space through science and math activities. ARISS provides opportunities for the school community (students, teachers, families and community members) to become more aware of the substantial benefits of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on spaceflight journeys. Students have the opportunity to learn about space technologies and the technologies involved with space communications through exploration of amateur radio. ARISS is a cooperative venture of amateur radio societies and space agencies that support the ISS -- in the US, AMSAT, ARRL, CASIS, NASA.


ARISS is in critical need of an infrastructure update to ensure that programs like students talking to astronauts in space via amateur radio can continue. Through your donations ARISS seeks the following upgrades:

  • Next Generation radio system will support easier radio mode transition, to enable new, exciting capabilities for hams, students and the general public including:
    • New amateur radio communication and experimentation capabilities, including an enhanced voice repeater and updated digital packet radio (APRS) capabilities
    • Slow Scan TV (picture up and downlinks) in both the US and Russian segments of ISS
  • New multi-voltage power supply will support present and future radio capabilities and allow wireless experiments to be conducted
  • ARISS needs to build 10 Next Generation Radio Systems to support our development, on-orbit operations, training and long-term maintenance. This includes units on-orbit (2 units--1 unit each in US and Russian segment), flight spares (2 units), training (3 units), testing (1 unit) and ground-based maintenance & troubleshooting (2 units)

Donations are fully tax deductible within the USA as AMSAT is a 501(c)(3) organization.


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$100 USD
ARISS Challenge Coin
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$250 USD
ARISS Challenge Coin
ARISS T-Shirt & Pin
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$500 USD
All Navigator Perks PLUS
Name & Callsign stored on SD card in ARISS Power Supply*

*name & callsign included in units sealed for launch (approx. 9/2018). Thereafter, it will be included in a flight backup power supply
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$1,000 USD
All Engineer Perks PLUS
Mounted Power Supply Circuit Board
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$2,500 USD
ARISS Challenge Coin
"ARISS Sponsor" Polo Shirt with custom ARISS Logo
Engraved name and callsign attached to ARISS power supply*
Mounted Power Supply Circuit Board
Human spaceflight QSL card (postcard) photo display
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$5,000 USD
Mission Controller
All Astrophysicist ($2,500)-level incentives
1:450 scale ISS Model
Human spaceflight QSL card (postcard) photo display OR Autographed Astronaut Photo
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$10,000 USD
All Mission Controller ($5,000)-level incentives
Your name & callsign on ARISS website sponsorship page
"Behind the Scenes" NASA (Goddard or Johnson) tour**

**travel, lodging, and meals at NASA are donor's responsibility; tour date will be coordinated with donor; donor must meet NASA's entrance security requirements
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