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[–]daneato 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I recommend joining NASA Connects, it’s a great way to network with educators and share what you are doing. And most of the staff of the NASA Office of STEM Engagement are participants.


[–]grahammcbain[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is awesome thank you!

[–]OptimusSublime 7 points8 points  (1 child)

How are you getting your satellite into orbit?

[–]grahammcbain[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We’re going on a TROOP mission which is essentially a rideshare on a rideshare. It’s a really cool program!

[–]MasterUndKommandant 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Try to dock it with the ISS.

[–]grahammcbain[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I think we’re a little too low priority for that haha

[–]Notspartan 7 points8 points  (3 children)

If your only goal is to connect with NASA, this is a pretty good solution. Don’t worry about calling them, they’ll call you. /s

[–]Ranokae 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Just throw a rock at their windows

[–]grahammcbain[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Wait, what does this mean I’m in trouble!? Haha

[–]grahammcbain[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No I get it

[–]omgpuzzlesNASA ISS Research 5 points6 points  (2 children)

This is super cool! Your best bet would probably be to go through the NASA Speaker’s Bureau. They can likely connect you with folks!


What part of the country are you in, and is there any specific subject you’d want the NASA person to speak about? Are you looking for virtual or in-person speakers?

[–]nasaNASA Official 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Agreed that the Speakers Bureau would be a great place to start here (and for any similar requests). Thanks for sharing!

[–]grahammcbain[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is awesome thank you! I know this would be virtual but as to specific subjects I need to put more thought into that. This speakers bureau is a great resource!

[–]mmdoogie 4 points5 points  (1 child)

There are also amateur radio clubs at almost all of the NASA centers. Some of them would probably be excited to help somehow as well.

[–]grahammcbain[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh very cool

[–]BackItUpWithLinks 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I’d love to know the legal and regulatory process you had to go through to get your satellite into orbit

[–]grahammcbain[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It’s actually all handled by the launch provider. They have hardware that’s already been pre-screened by relevant agencies. So when it’s configured to our spec the checks are pretty easy.

And because we’re on a TROOP mission it’s a narrow window of possible use cases that need to be worried about

[–]BackItUpWithLinks 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Very cool, thanks

[–]dkozinn[M] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

/u/nasa Can you provide some guidance?

[–]nasaNASA Official 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes! Updated in this thread.

[–]IIIIIIIIIIIIIIv9000 1 point2 points  (2 children)

This is awesome.

[–]grahammcbain[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thank you ! We’re really excited!

[–]IIIIIIIIIIIIIIv9000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sorry I can’t help with ideas for outreach

[–]liamkennedy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What a great mission!

I highly recommend connecting with ARRL and ARISS.

Although your mission is not directly ISS related - the idea of having the public listen in to an open transmission from a satellite is very much part of a STEM kit ARISS is developing and shipping to schools now.


I also feature this kind of capability at the Griffith Observatory start parties where we set up a "satellite tent" that's tracking various satellites and listening in to their radio communications while passing by. We'll be doing that this coming weekend (Saturday).

Your mission would be an ideal project idea to add to that.

We've done EXACTLY what you refer to here where we use a Software Defined Radio (SDR) to display the communications waveform and also hear it.

Some of them have been the satellite Beacon in Morse code - and then we've decoded that in real-time so the public can get real examples of a very simple form of communication from a satellite.

I'm an education partner with the ISS National Lab - so get in touch if you think that's going to be relevant. DM me (or check for my contact info on issabove.com)

Please let us know when you'll expect to be launching (and on what ride-share mission).

Good luck!

[–]Ready_Register1689 -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Have you heard of email?

[–]Business_Studio_8592 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If you are nearby a specific NASA center, it could be best to identify a public affairs or local outreach at that center. Education and outreach are NASA objectives and they do take it seriously. If you are not nearby a center and have trouble getting a person local, there are some readily available resources online you could use: https://www.nasa.gov/education/materials/

Also consider that some of these agency level resources can be bombarded, so response times may not be the best. I was a civil servant at NASA GSFC in the past and my phone number was really close to the public affairs number. I got a lot of misdialed calls and some were quite interesting.

[–]grahammcbain[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is super helpful. I'm glad to know that Education and Outreach are objectives, as that's also our goal!

Thank you!

[–]Savings_Weird971 0 points1 point  (0 children)

is the space in between galaxies just known as the universe?