Humber College Students Design Radio To Talk To Space Station

Four Humber College students have designed and built a radio system that they used to call the International Space Station. The contact was made on Monday.

Toronto- The school`s instructors believe this is the first time students at the college level have made such an accomplishment.

The project to build the system began a year ago applying knowledge the students gleamed from their radio communication courses. Today at 12:29 p.m. they sent their signal live to the Space Station.

After a short lag astronaut Sandra Magnus answered on the second attempt. For 10 minutes the students were able to discuss technical questions with Magnus.

Operation First Contact is the final project for 34-year-olds Gino Cunti and Paul Je of Toronto, Patrick Neelin, 25, of Welland, Ont., and Kevin Luong, 21, of Mississauga, Ont.

Student contacts with the space station routinely use Amateur Radio.

The Canadian Press reports:

“It’s an incredible feat of undertaking and technology, and I’d just like to say I’m really, really proud of this team,” said Humber instructor Mark Rector.

“They’re playing way, way above their league today.”

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