More history made at second amateur radio call

11 February 2016

The second live amateur radio call to a British school with Tim Peake took place today (11 February 2016) at The Royal Masonic School (RMS) for Girls in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

Contact was made with the International Space Station (ISS) at around 18:09 GMT and, in a world first at a school, video was streamed over the radio airwaves which meant that the students could see as well as hear Tim. The contact lasted around 8 minutes allowing several students to ask Tim about life on board the ISS.

Some of the girls from the Royal Masonic School for Girls who asked Tim Peake questions during the live link up. Credit: RMS/

The girls from The Royal Masonic School for Girls who certified as Amateur Radio operators in preparation for the the live link up. Credit: RMS

Year 9 student Saira, asked

What the first word that came into his head was when he saw the Earth from space.

Tim’s response was simple, “beautiful.”

Isabella, aged 7, asked

When I am your age what do you think space travel will look like?

Tim said that Isabella had many years to wait until then but he hoped that trips to the Moon and to Mars would be possible.

Head of Education and Skills for the UK Space Agency, Jeremy Curtis said

The students at the Royal Masonic School did a fantastic and professional job during the contact itself – but more than that, the whole school has really engaged with Tim’s Principia mission by trying out the many education activities he has inspired.

John Gould President of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) said

Tonight was a truly historic moment; not only for the school having their contact with Tim, but, for the first time ever a school received amateur television from the ISS. I hope this event gives all the students at the school, and everyone watching, a sense of inspiration in terms of STEM subjects which have been brought so vividly to light in a fun way through amateur radio.

Ciaran Morgan from ARISS said

It was marvellous; we’re absolutely elated and extremely grateful to Tim for setting the camera up. It was far better than we could have expected and I hope that the students enjoyed it as much as we did.

The event was broadcast live via the ARISS UK website and will be made available shortly on their YouTube channel.

Sandringham School in St Albans, Hertfordshire were the first school to make a call to Tim and details of dates for all the other 8 shortlisted schools have now been confirmed.

For more information on ARISS calls and other activities linked to the Principia mission, please visit our events page.