8-year-old girl chats with ISS astronaut using ham radio

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In a tale of “right place, right time,” the 8-year-old girl from Kent in South East England spoke with American astronaut Kjell Lindgren aboard the International Space Station (ISS) using her father’s ham radio.

On August 2, Isabella had just fallen asleep when her father woke her, dragged her to the radio and shoved a microphone in her face.

“I was like, ‘Why are you doing this to me? I need my beauty sleep,'” Isabella told CNN on Wednesday.

From her father’s lap, she told Lindgren her name and age. “His voice immediately changed from normal to happy,” she said. “You could hear his smile.”

“I was delighted when I heard his voice,” she added. “I thought it was a dream.”

After their conversation, Lindgren told followers on Twitter He said his conversation with Isabella could be his “favorite contact yet.”

Isabella’s father, Matthew Payne, 42, said he has had an amateur radio license for 22 years. He told CNN that conversations with astronauts are kept brief, with a brief mention of your call sign — each licensed person is assigned one by official agencies — to tell them who you are, your name and a short thank you and goodbye. goodbye.

“They’re only in the sky above us for 10 to 15 minutes and we want as many people down here as possible to have that kind of experience,” Payne explains.

He said the ISS has an amateur radio station on board that astronauts use to connect with schools in orbit. Occasionally, during their downtime, they also “call out” all the amateur radio operators on Earth.

“I heard through the communities that I’m part of him (Lindgren) using the radio, so we listened for a few weeks… and one night I heard him call,” Payne said.

Both father and daughter are fans of space and radio, Payne said, adding that Isabella had been watching on his knee since she was a baby. “all launches, all space station events, all spacewalks” together.

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In April 2016, Payne helped students from a local school speak to British astronaut Tim Peake while aboard the ISS. Isabella was just 2 at the time and in her usual position on his knee.
Since her unforgettable evening this month, Isabella has spoken to media organizations and even had email correspondence with NASA—all well prepared for her long-term ambition to become a communications specialist for the space agency.

“I want to talk to the astronauts and say, for example, ‘Good morning, Sam. Is everything still floating around there as it should?'”


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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