On Tuesday 2019-10-29 at 11:01 AM US/East a team of amateur radio operations, myself included, made contact with the International Space Station. Thirteen students from Farmwell Station Middle School (FSMS), part of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), were able to ask questions of Dr. Drew Morgan. This was thanks to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARRIS) program and Loudoun Amateur Radio Group (LARG). Without the extraordinary efforts by FSMS teachers and others within LCPS, this wouldn't have been possible.

Four other Salesforce engineers also aided the efforts: Michael Parker​, Dave Denison​, Gary Walker​, and Cory McHale​. Thanks to their efforts we were not only able to provide exceptional audio for the event, but we were able to stream it live to thousands of LCPS students throughout Loudoun County, Virginia. The streaming efforts were also aided by @Fragforce​ which provided the streaming computers. A special thanks to SFDC for allowing for VTO!

This contact represents a "bucket list" item for many of the people participating. Plus, and far more importantly, it exposed a large number of LCPS students to how awesome the world of STEM can be.


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