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(upcoming) July 2017 -  Soyuz Expedition 52/53 launch of Randy Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli, Sergey Ryazanskiy.

June 2017 - The "Ask Astronaut Mark" question contest starts within Bishop Hendricken and Bay View. 

May 2017 - The German TV receiver and French software gets installed and passes initial checks. A specialized signal amplifier, that will boost the ISS signal 100,000 fold is ordered.  An Irish engineer/ham radio enthusiast, with recent ISS video experience, joins the RI team.  Bishop Hendricken's new ham radio club holds its first meeting and begins to discuss their role for the October event. 

April 2017 - Bishop Hendricken students begin thinking about questions to pose to the astronaut. We're told that we'll be scheduled for a time during the week of October 16-20.  

March 2017 - ARISS asks Bishop Hendricken to prioritize a choice of weeks in the Fall 2017 for the contact.  Initial tests of a vital HamTV tracking system take place in Portsmouth.  Specialized TV receiver from Germany arrives, Student Gabriel LeBeau passes the FCC amateur radio licensing test and is granted callsign KC1HGG. 

February 2017 - Technical plan is submitted to ARISS and accepted with a placeholder for a future HamTV proposal. 

January 2017 - Key school personnel and volunteers from Newport County Radio Club participate in national webinar to prepare the technical proposal, Roof survey at Hendricken is completed.

December 2016 - ARISS US accepts the educational proposal and requests a technical plan for the primary and backup radio stations. 
Eleven US Schools, Organizations Advance to Next Stage of ARISS Ham Contact Selection

October 2016 - Bishop Hendricken staff author an educational plan and submit  proposal to ARISS.

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