Our project was awarded a coveted honor from the Public Relations Society of America on October 24, 2012 at their annual awards dinner!


Students at the The Tom Wathen Center at the historic Flabob Airport in Jurupa Valley (Riverside County), CA, are preparing for an amateur radio call from the International Space Station on Thursday morning, April 19, 2012 at 10:03AM PDT.

This site has been chosen for this Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact during an open application process in the Fall of 2011. The 10-min live question-and-answer session will take place in Flabob’s Hanger 16A  conference center, and is free to the public.

For more information on the educational goals of The Tom Wathen Center at Flabob Airport, please click here.

An amateur radio station is operational onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Most astronauts have amateur radio licenses and operate the onboard station to contact radio amateur ground stations in their free time. Per an agreement with multiple space agencies involved with building the ISS, ARISS prepares and implements educational contacts for students - more than 120 in 2011 alone. Amateur radio operators on the ground volunteer their radio station, expertise and time to make the conversations between the students and astronauts happen. The ARISS international working group is supported by the national radio amateur societies AMSAT-NA and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

To prepare for the ARISS contact, Flabob students are studying the history and mission of space station and mission control, rocket fabrication, astronaut selection and training, and mission control and station operations along with radio technology and communication topics. For more information about this ARISS project, please use our Contact Us page.

This ARISS contact is one in a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is an integral component of Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office. The office promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of human spaceflight. Click here for more information on Teaching From Space.

MAY 1-2, 2012 - VIDEOS of students’ Q&A added to the BLOG.

APRIL 21, 2012 - AUDIO - download from the BLOG.

APRIL 20, 2012 - Watch the BLOG and MORE INFO pages!

APRIL 19, 2012 - SUCCESS at Flabob Airport this morning! Flight Engineer Don Pettit (aboard the International Space Station) answered questions from all our selected students in  front of a packed audience in historic Hangar 16A.

Want to offer this experience to your campus? NASA’s current proposal submission cycle for US contacts ended July 2 ... but use our CONTACT page for more information! 10/20/14


Please check back often - especially the BLOG and MORE INFO pages - for updates!

MEDIA - Contact info on the CONTACT page!


APRIL 19, 2012


NASA liked our site so much they listed it on THEIR site ... so we will maintain it a little longer.

Clint Bradford