Introduction

This site will be the focal point for some of the best SSTV images received during Oct 2008 and beyond. Images will be downlinked by ISS on 145.800 MHz. To view some of the received images transmitted from the ISS check out the following Gallery Website . You may also submit images at that website as well.



In addition to SSTV image receptions, reports of planned amateur radio activity using SSTV will be provided.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April 11-14 SSTV event to highlight human spaceflight

April 6, 2019:

ARISS Russia is planning Slow Scan Television (SSTV) image transmissions from the International Space Station. The transmissions begin Thursday, April 11, 2019 around 18:00 UTC and run continuously until approximately 18:00 UTC on Sunday, April 14, 2019. This event uses a computer in the ISS Russian Segment, which stores images that are then transmitted to Earth using the ARISS amateur radio station located in the Service Module which employs the Kenwood TM D710E transceiver. Once these images are received by ham radio operators and other radio enthusiasts on Earth, many participants will post them for viewing at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php . In addition, you can receive a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting your image. Once the event begins, see details at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ . The transmissions will be broadcast at 145.800 MHz using the PD-120 SSTV mode.

Please note that the event is dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

April 2019 SSTV planning

Preliminary scheduling shows ISS SSTV likely around April 12 (Cosmonautics day/Yuri's Night). More details later once the official schedule is released in another week or so.

** UPDATE - March 23**
In addition to the worldwide event listed above, MAI-75 will be planning SSTV transmissions for a few orbits of ISS that are in range of Moscow. Times are roughly from 14:00-19:00 UTC on April 1 and 2.

**UPDATE - April 3**
The MAI-75 activity was a success with ground stations mainly in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America posting received copy of images. All 12 images were eventually posted to the gallery.

The next big event will be the ARISS SSTV event that starts Thursday, April 11 about 18:00 UTC and will be operational until about 18:00 UTC on Sunday, April 14. Since this event will run continuously for 72 hours, folks in the higher latitudes should have a pretty good chance to receive all 12 of the images. Operators in the mid latitudes should be able to get most of them depending on location. Good Luck and Enjoy!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Bonus opportunity Feb 15-17


The ARISS team expects that a second SSTV transmission event will occur from ISS this weekend.

ARISS Russia team member Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, worked with the mission control center flight controllers to schedule in ISS crew member time to configure the JVC Kenwood radio to support SSTV operations in the Service Module.  SSTV setup is expected to start around 8:45 UTC on February 15 and conclude around 17:25 UTC on February 17.  These dates/times are expectations and may vary.

The ARISS team wanted to give the community another opportunity to downlink the SSTV images we developed for you given the weak signal situation that occurred last weekend.  For clarity, these will be the same 12 images that were downlinked last weekend.

As a reminder, you can get the latest SSTV information on the ARISS SSTV Blog Spot:  http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/  Once received, Images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php   And you can receive a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting your image. See https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/.  For simplicity, we have added a new tab for SSTV, under general contacts, on the ARISS web site www.ariss.org

For those that are asking, we are still not totally clear what caused the issue last weekend.  We believe it may have been either a loose feedline cable or an antenna switch that did not fully engage. Once the crew reset the system and checked the cabling and switches, the radio system started to perform nominally.

Enjoy!!

73,  Frank, KA3HDO
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Feb ARISS SSTV recap

The first 24 hours or so had very low signal strength from ISS. Crew was asked to check the setup and nothing appeared out of the ordinary. A reboot of the system yielded no change. The next day the crew member rechecked all the connections and feed lines. Somewhere in that process the signal returned to normal levels. Below is a link to DK3WN's website where he has examples of all 12 images that were sent from the ISS. http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?p=93285

All 12 images captured by DK3WN

Monday, February 4, 2019

Announcing ARISS/NOTA Slow Scan TV Event



Feb 2, 2019:

ARISS is planning another of their popular Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events. Transmissions are scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 8 at 18:25 UTC and run through Sunday, Feb. 10 at 18:30 UTC. SSTV operations is a process by which images are sent from the International Space Station (ISS) via ham radio and received by ham operators, shortwave listeners and other radio enthusiasts on Earth, similar to pictures shared on cell phones using twitter or instagram. 

When this event becomes active, SSTV images will be transmitted from the ISS at the frequency of 145.80 MHz using the SSTV mode of PD120 and can be received using ham radio equipment as simple as a 2 meter handheld radio or a common shortwave or scanner receiver the covers the 2 meter ham band. After connecting the audio output of the radio receiver to the audio input of a computer running free software such as MMSSTV, the SSTV images can be displayed. 

Transmissions will consist of eight NASA On The Air (NOTA)
images (see https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com/). In additional, four ARISS commemorative images will also be included.

Once received, Images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php . In addition, you can receive a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting your image. Once the event begins, see details at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ .


Please note that the event is dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time. Please check for news and the most current information on the AMSAT.org and ARISS.org websites, the AMSAT-BB@amsat.org, the ARISS facebook at Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) and ARISS twitter @ARISS_status.


About ARISS
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS).  In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.



Feb 4 Update***
Setup and activation is now 14:00 UTC.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

INTER-MAI-75 Jan. image examples from ground stations

Below are examples of the 12 different images that were received by amateur radio operators around the world on Jan 30.  The experiment is scheduled to operate on Jan 31 and Feb 1 as well.

PU4JOE
IW2AGJ
G0IIQ

SV2CPH
TA5ABO
VU3YFD
SP8CGR
LU4EOU
BD4UJ
PW8PM
9Z4DZ
PR8KW

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Inter-MAI activation scheduled for Jan 30 - Feb 1

Received information that the Moscow Aviation Institute will be conducting their SSTV experiment from January 30 - February 1. It appears from the scheduling that the experiment will only be active during a couple of orbits that overfly Moscow instead of a continuous operation. Rough time periods of activation appear to fall between the hours of 13:00 - 19:00 UTC. Activity should occur on the traditional 145.800 MHz downlink.

Update Jan 29***

Daily schedule.
Jan 30 - 13:30 UTC - setup and activation
Jan 30 - 18:30 UTC - shutdown

Jan 31 - 13:20 UTC - activation
Jan 31 - 17:40 UTC - shutdown

Feb 1 - 13:45 UTC - activation
Feb 1 - 16:45 UTC - shutdown and stow

Saturday, October 20, 2018

NASA on the air & SCaN SSTV event Oct 27

SSTV will  be active starting October 27 around 10:00 UTC. The images will highlight the NASA on the air activity celebrating 60 years of NASA. The event will also celebrate NASA SCaN contributions to the ARISS program. More details to follow as they are known.

Below is the full news release from ARISS:


ARISS News Release   No. 18-12
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISS PR
ARISS SSTV Joins with NASA On The Air for a Special Event
Oct. 19, 2018:
Amateur Radio OnThe International Space Station (ARISS) is planning a very special Slow Scan TV event currently scheduled to start October 27 about 10 am UTC. Helping to support the event will be NASA’s Space, Communication and Navigation (SCaN) Dept. 
The Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program manages NASA’s three most important communications networks. The Space Network (SN), Near Earth Network (NEN), and the Deep Space Network (DSN.
Just as in past ARISS SSTV commemorations, 12 images will be downlinked, but this time with 6 featuring the SCaN educational activities while the other 6 images will commemorate  major NASA anniversaries, ie when NASA was established, astronauts first landing on the moon, etc.
In addition to the fun of receiving these images, participants can qualify for a special endorsement for the NASA On The Air (NOTA) celebration event. To learn more about NOTA, visit  ( https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com).
Once received, Images can be posted and viewed at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php .The transmissions are expected to be broadcast at the usual frequency of 145.800 MHz using the PD-120 SSTV mode.
Please note that the event is dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time.
More information will follow soon, so please continue to check for news and the most current information on the  AMSAT.org and  ARISS.org websites, the AMSAT-BB@amsat.org, the ARISS facebook at Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) and ARISS twitter @ARISS_status.
About ARISS
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support theInternational Space Station (ISS).  In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see  www.ariss.org.
Also join us on Facebook:  Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
Follow us on Twitter:  ARISS_status
Media Contact:
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISS PR
**Oct. 23 Update**
Looks like the event will run continuously from Oct 27 starting around 10:00 UTC and ending Oct 29 around 19:30 UTC.

**Oct 25 Update**
Certificates for receiving images will be available. See details posted at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ for complete information.

**Oct 27 Update**
Seems the event started with a bit of confusion. Images were initially being down linked on the wrong frequency. Another complication is that the MMSSTV overlay was active and covering some of the images.  Seems these are trying to be fixed so hopefully everyone can try to capture images as they were intended to be transmitted.

Monday, July 23, 2018

INTER-MAI-75 July 30 and 31

Looks like the folks at MAI will have an experiment run right at the end of July. Crew timeline shows activation of the SSTV system beginning with setup starting at 16:00 UTC on July 30. The system will be powered down that same day at 19:30 UTC. The next day (July 31), the system will be again active from 13:25-19:15 UTC. Downlink is presumed to be on the traditional 145.80 MHz frequency. Mode will likely be PD120 but not officially known at this time.

Monday, July 2, 2018

June SSTV recap

Looks like everyone had several opportunities to capture images from the ISS during the June 29-July 1, 2018 period (and even some extra time beyond what was announced). It appears the images were cut off on the sides but were still easy to visualize.

*** UPDATE** June 6
It seems someone on ISS has afforded everyone with an extension of SSTV operations. Nothing on the schedule so no idea how long it will last. Next school event (which needs the same radio) is on July 13.

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Below are examples of each of the  12 images as captured by the indicated ground station.

LW5DR

VK4EM

DG2GG

EW6X

DL5XL

DL5XL

KC0UTX

VK4TH

OK2UUJ

IK5JRZ

SP3QXD

LU2HVU

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fund Raising for replacement hardware on ISS

ARISS is currently seeking donations to help finalize development and certification of hardware to replace the current systems on the ISS.

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.

The ARISS donate page is http://www.ariss.org/donate.html or you can go directly to the Fundrazr site supporting ARISS  at ARISS Fundrazr campaign

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 29- July 1, 2018 - SSTV images of satellites

SSTV will once again be active from ISS starting June 29 about 09:00 UTC. These images will commemorate the various satellites that were hand-deployed from the ISS. These will include the first satellite deployment from ISS: Suitsat-1/Radioskaf-1 which was  developed by ARISS and deployed in February 2006. The transmissions should continue until July 1 ending about 18:30 UTC.

**Update** July 26
Downlink frequency is expected to be 145.80 and the mode should be PD120.

** Update** June 28
Looks like there will be an award assiociated with this session. Details at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/#award_rules_en

**Update** June 29
Images are being transmitted. It does appear that the images are being clipped on the left and right edges due to a formatting issue. An example is shown in the image below captured by VU3PMJ.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Inter-MAI SSTV for short periods on June 6-7

Here are the targeted times for Inter-MAI SSTV operations (subject to change): June 6, 12:30-14:30 UTC and June 7, 11:50-15:25 UTC. Check your orbits to see if ISS will be in range of your location in those time blocks.

**UPDATE 5/30**
Looks like another activity has shifted the SSTV end time to allow another pass on June 6. End time now 16:30 UTC.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

NASA on the air Award

In addition to the Interkosmos diploma (info in related article) you can also use your reception to qualify for the NASA on the air activity. Their website is https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com/ and has all the details about which NASA amateur radio clubs are supporting and when. Receiving ISS SSTV is listed in the rules section (https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com/rules/) and will be a nice addition to the award with this SSTV activity taking place for Cosmonautics day.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Interkosmos SSTV diploma available

A special Award will be made available to those posting reception reports.
To obtain the Award one should receive and decode at least one picture during the activity period. The quality of the received image does not have to be perfect, but good enough to identify the picture. Partial images are acceptable.The award is in electronic format (JPG). It will be sent by e-mail.

The criteria as follows must be met to obtain the Award: Load your decoded images on the page: www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

Fill in the application form on https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ (Deadline is May 15th, 2018.)


Details and a list of ARISS SSTV Award winning stations are available at:https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/



Thanks to Southgate and Armand, SP3QFE, for the above information.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

SSTV opportunities from ISS in April 2018

Inter-MAI will be transmitting SSTV on April 2 (15:05-18:30 UTC) and April 3 (14:15-18:40 UTC). This is an experiment of the Moscow Aviation Institute so folks in range of Moscow will have the best chance as will folks along the orbits during the indicated time frame.

Additionally, SSTV will be active world wide as part of Cosmonautics Day (April 12). Images will be related to the Interkosmos project (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interkosmos). Detailed times are still being worked into the schedule and will be update as they become available but the dates will be from April 11-14. This should allow for worldwide reception of images over multiple days.

Both operations will be conducted on the standard 145.800 MHz downlink. Mode is expected to be PD120.

**Update April 4**
Good event from Inter-MAI-75 with all 12 images being captured cleanly by operators.

The next planned activity is an ARISS sponsored activity as part of Cosmonautics Day. Setup is currently scheduled to begin on April 11 at 11:00 UTC and should take around 30 minutes. Transmissions should continue from just after the setup period until April 14 around 18:30 UTC. That is over 3 days of transmissions worldwide so we should capture all 12 images related to the Interkosmos project.

Good luck and 73!

**Update April 11**
Looks like they started a bit later than expected but here is one of the early images that was captured by IW2AGJ over Europe during the pass just before 13:00 UTC.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

MAI-75 in December

Looks like the MAI-75 folks have scheduled some SSTV activity during specific periods each day from Dec 6-8. The times correlate to a small number of passes each day in range of Moscow.

Dec 6, 2017
Setup and power on –  13:40-14:20 UTC
Power off – 17:05-17:15 UTC

Dec 7, 2017
Power on –  13:45-13:55 UTC
Power off – 17:30-17:40 UTC

Dec 8, 2017
Power on –  14:05-14:15 UTC
Power off and stow – 17:00-17:10 UTC


**UPDATE - Nov 28**
Seems the system will be put through some extended testing from Dec 5 starting around 15:00 UTC and running until 09:00 UTC on Dec 6. Test images will be used during this period. This will provide near global coverage if all works well. The MAI-75 schedule remains unchanged at this point.

**UPDATE Dec 5**
Looks like they had to do some rescheduling related to changes in the Cygnus release. Below is the new schedule:

Dec 6, 2017
Test Setup and activation –  15:25-16:25UTC

Dec 7, 2017
Test Power off – 08:10-08:20 UTC
Power on –  13:40-13:50 UTC
Power off – 17:30-17:40 UTC

Dec 8, 2017
Power on –  14:05-14:15 UTC
Power off and stow – 17:45-17:55UTC


**UPDATE - Dec. 6**
Transmissions in PD120 being reported by ground stations. Reports of computerized voice also reported. This is likely from a program running on the same computer and outputting audio to the headphone port that SSTV is also using. There appears to be 12 images in the series but images on 1-6 are the same as the ones on set from 7-12.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Inter MAI-75 in October

Looks like the Moscow Aviation Institute will be active on SSTV from ISS on a few select orbits over Moscow on October 13 and 14. Time frame is not yet published but should favor the time period between 08:00 and 16:00 UTC. Unknown at this time what mode will be used but should operate on the frequency of 145.800 MHz that they have used in the past.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Anniversary image descriptions

Since all of the images have now been received, here is a little description of the various photos included in each image.
Descriptions Left to Right and top to bottom: 1) Sergei Krikalev and Musa Manarov aboard Mir Space Station, 2) SAREX Crew of STS-71, 3) "RADIO" magazine, 4) Attendees of first ARISS meeting in Houston, TX (1996), 5) Marquee outside the hotel for the first ARISS meeting.
Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Mir Space Station, 2) Jerry Linenger aboard Mir, 3) first components of the International Space Station (ISS), 4) ARISS meeting attendees in Surrey, UK (1998)

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Sergei Krikalev in the FGB of the ISS, 2) International Space Station, 3) Sergey Samburov - RV3DR, 4) Frank Bauer - KA3HDO and Lou McFadin - W5DID, 5) ARISS meeting at Goddard Space Flight Center (2000).

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Russian Service Module (SM) on ISS, 2) Sergei Treschev with one of the ARISS antennas, 3) Yury Onufrienko with a couple of the ARISS antennas, 4) Photo of all 4 ARISS antennas that are now mounted on the Russian Service module.

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Alexander Kaleri at the mic of the Kenwood D700 in the SM, 2) Mike Foale at the mic of the D700, 3) The Kenwood D700 and VC-H1, 4) ARISS attendees at the AMSAT Symposium in Arlington, VA (2004), 5) ARISS attendees at AMSAT-UK colloquium in Surrey, UK (2005)

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Valeri Tokarev assembling SuitSat-1, 2) Bill McArthur on the D700 in the SM, 3)Image transmitted by SSTV from SuitSat-1, 4) SuitSat-1 inside the ISS. 5) ARISS attendees at the Canadian Space Agency, 6) ARISS attendees at AMSAT Symposium in San Francisco, CA (2006)

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Pavel Vinogradov  at the D700 for SSTV operations. 2).  

Samantha Cristoforetti using the Ericsson radio in the Columbus (COL) module. 3) Paolo Nespoli  using the Ericsson radio in COL. 4) ARISS attendees in front of the COL mock up at ESTEC in The Netherlands  5) ARISS attendees at ESTEC in The Netherlands (2009)


Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) ARISSat-1 just after deployment, 2)  Oleg Skripochka,  Alexander Kaleri and Dimitri Kondratyev with ARISSat-1, 3) Received collection of 6  live SSTV images from ARISSat-1, 4) Attendees at ARISS meeting at ESTEC in The Netherlands (2014), 5) SSTV image loaded into ARISSat-1 when no earth view was present.

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Tom Marshburn using the Ericsson in COL, 2) Tim Peake using Ham TV from COL, 3) Randy Bresnik installing the VHF/UHF antenna on COL, 4) Collection of 3 photos showing students talking to crew members on the ISS.

Descriptions clockwise starting from top left corner: 1) Koichi Wakata at the mic of the D700 in the SM, 2) Sunita Williams at the mic of the D700 in the SM, 3) ARISS attendees at the meeting in Tokyo Japan, 4) Presentation to JAXA near their mission control in Tsukuba.

Descriptions clockwise starting from top left corner: 1) Mike Fincke and Yuri Lonchakov  posing with the Kenwood D700, 2) Mike Fincke and Richard Garriott, 3) Richard Garriott in the SM with the D700, 4) ARISS attendees at the 20th Anniversary meeting in Houston, TX (2016)

Descriptions clockwise starting from top left corner: 1) Thomas Pesquet, 2) Fyodor Yurchikhin at the mic of the D700 in the SM, 3) Anousheh Ansari at the mic of the D700 in the SM, 4) 20th Anniversary ARISS support award, 5) Rosalie White, Matt Bordelon and Frank Bauer during award presentation 6) Anousheh Ansari in Moscow.

ARISS 20th Anniversary SSTV report - July 21

The event started on time and images are being transmitted in mode PD 120. We are happy to see all the images being posted to the ARISS Gallery. We have already begun archiving some of the images received due to the vast number of submissions. It appears we may already have most of the dozen in the series.
Here is #1 captured by SV2HWM.

And here is #12 captured by K6VUG.
Keep up the great work and be patient. YOU might get all 12 since the event is scheduled to run until 18:00 UTC on Monday, July 24.