Ham radio operators around the globe are connecting frequently with the International Space Station Ham Radio Station NA1SS operated by astronaut and cosmonaut crew members licensed to communicate. Many commercial spaceflight participants have also communicated via Ham radio. The expectation is that the program will continue to expand with many more “Elmers” contacting humans in orbit.
Ham operators throughout the United States are assisting public schools students connect to the International Space Station astronauts to encourage GenZ or Click Gen make contact with humans on-orbit. NASA HQ will assist high schools arrange Ham radio contact with the orbiting ISS. An estimated 500 schools have made direct contact with the ISS. More information on the program.