This site will be the focal point for some of the best SSTV images received during Oct 2008 and beyond. Images will be downlinked by ISS on 145.800 MHz. To view some of the received images transmitted from the ISS check out the following Gallery Website . You may also submit images at that website as well.

In addition to SSTV image receptions, reports of planned amateur radio activity using SSTV will be provided.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

MAI-75 in December

Looks like the MAI-75 folks have scheduled some SSTV activity during specific periods each day from Dec 6-8. The times correlate to a small number of passes each day in range of Moscow.

Dec 6, 2017
Setup and power on –  13:40-14:20 UTC
Power off – 17:05-17:15 UTC

Dec 7, 2017
Power on –  13:45-13:55 UTC
Power off – 17:30-17:40 UTC

Dec 8, 2017
Power on –  14:05-14:15 UTC
Power off and stow – 17:00-17:10 UTC

**UPDATE - Nov 28**
Seems the system will be put through some extended testing from Dec 5 starting around 15:00 UTC and running until 09:00 UTC on Dec 6. Test images will be used during this period. This will provide near global coverage if all works well. The MAI-75 schedule remains unchanged at this point.

**UPDATE Dec 5**
Looks like they had to do some rescheduling related to changes in the Cygnus release. Below is the new schedule:

Dec 6, 2017
Test Setup and activation –  15:25-16:25UTC

Dec 7, 2017
Test Power off – 08:10-08:20 UTC
Power on –  13:40-13:50 UTC
Power off – 17:30-17:40 UTC

Dec 8, 2017
Power on –  14:05-14:15 UTC
Power off and stow – 17:45-17:55UTC

**UPDATE - Dec. 6**
Transmissions in PD120 being reported by ground stations. Reports of computerized voice also reported. This is likely from a program running on the same computer and outputting audio to the headphone port that SSTV is also using. There appears to be 12 images in the series but images on 1-6 are the same as the ones on set from 7-12.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Inter MAI-75 in October

Looks like the Moscow Aviation Institute will be active on SSTV from ISS on a few select orbits over Moscow on October 13 and 14. Time frame is not yet published but should favor the time period between 08:00 and 16:00 UTC. Unknown at this time what mode will be used but should operate on the frequency of 145.800 MHz that they have used in the past.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Anniversary image descriptions

Since all of the images have now been received, here is a little description of the various photos included in each image.
Descriptions Left to Right and top to bottom: 1) Sergei Krikalev and Musa Manarov aboard Mir Space Station, 2) SAREX Crew of STS-71, 3) "RADIO" magazine, 4) Attendees of first ARISS meeting in Houston, TX (1996), 5) Marquee outside the hotel for the first ARISS meeting.
Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Mir Space Station, 2) Jerry Linenger aboard Mir, 3) first components of the International Space Station (ISS), 4) ARISS meeting attendees in Surrey, UK (1998)

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Sergei Krikalev in the FGB of the ISS, 2) International Space Station, 3) Sergey Samburov - RV3DR, 4) Frank Bauer - KA3HDO and Lou McFadin - W5DID, 5) ARISS meeting at Goddard Space Flight Center (2000).

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Russian Service Module (SM) on ISS, 2) Sergei Treschev with one of the ARISS antennas, 3) Yury Onufrienko with a couple of the ARISS antennas, 4) Photo of all 4 ARISS antennas that are now mounted on the Russian Service module.

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Alexander Kaleri at the mic of the Kenwood D700 in the SM, 2) Mike Foale at the mic of the D700, 3) The Kenwood D700 and VC-H1, 4) ARISS attendees at the AMSAT Symposium in Arlington, VA (2004), 5) ARISS attendees at AMSAT-UK colloquium in Surrey, UK (2005)

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Valeri Tokarev assembling SuitSat-1, 2) Bill McArthur on the D700 in the SM, 3)Image transmitted by SSTV from SuitSat-1, 4) SuitSat-1 inside the ISS. 5) ARISS attendees at the Canadian Space Agency, 6) ARISS attendees at AMSAT Symposium in San Francisco, CA (2006)

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Pavel Vinogradov  at the D700 for SSTV operations. 2).  

Samantha Cristoforetti using the Ericsson radio in the Columbus (COL) module. 3) Paolo Nespoli  using the Ericsson radio in COL. 4) ARISS attendees in front of the COL mock up at ESTEC in The Netherlands  5) ARISS attendees at ESTEC in The Netherlands (2009)

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) ARISSat-1 just after deployment, 2)  Oleg Skripochka,  Alexander Kaleri and Dimitri Kondratyev with ARISSat-1, 3) Received collection of 6  live SSTV images from ARISSat-1, 4) Attendees at ARISS meeting at ESTEC in The Netherlands (2014), 5) SSTV image loaded into ARISSat-1 when no earth view was present.

Descriptions L-R and top to bottom: 1) Tom Marshburn using the Ericsson in COL, 2) Tim Peake using Ham TV from COL, 3) Randy Bresnik installing the VHF/UHF antenna on COL, 4) Collection of 3 photos showing students talking to crew members on the ISS.

Descriptions clockwise starting from top left corner: 1) Koichi Wakata at the mic of the D700 in the SM, 2) Sunita Williams at the mic of the D700 in the SM, 3) ARISS attendees at the meeting in Tokyo Japan, 4) Presentation to JAXA near their mission control in Tsukuba.

Descriptions clockwise starting from top left corner: 1) Mike Fincke and Yuri Lonchakov  posing with the Kenwood D700, 2) Mike Fincke and Richard Garriott, 3) Richard Garriott in the SM with the D700, 4) ARISS attendees at the 20th Anniversary meeting in Houston, TX (2016)

Descriptions clockwise starting from top left corner: 1) Thomas Pesquet, 2) Fyodor Yurchikhin at the mic of the D700 in the SM, 3) Anousheh Ansari at the mic of the D700 in the SM, 4) 20th Anniversary ARISS support award, 5) Rosalie White, Matt Bordelon and Frank Bauer during award presentation 6) Anousheh Ansari in Moscow.

ARISS 20th Anniversary SSTV report - July 21

The event started on time and images are being transmitted in mode PD 120. We are happy to see all the images being posted to the ARISS Gallery. We have already begun archiving some of the images received due to the vast number of submissions. It appears we may already have most of the dozen in the series.
Here is #1 captured by SV2HWM.

And here is #12 captured by K6VUG.
Keep up the great work and be patient. YOU might get all 12 since the event is scheduled to run until 18:00 UTC on Monday, July 24.

Monday, July 10, 2017

ARISS Celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary through SSTV Event

In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of ARISS, a Slow Scan Television (SSTV) event is planned for Thursday, July 20 starting around 21:25 UTC.  The event plans to feature images from ARISS activities both past and present. This opportunity should cover most of the world during the operation period.

The event plans to use a computer on the ISS Russian Segment, which stores images that are then transmitted to Earth using the ham radio, specifically the onboard Kenwood TM D710 transceiver. Those receiving the images can post them at for viewing by the public.

The 20 year history of ARISS will be displayed through a collection of 12 unique images sharing the amazing accomplishments of ARISS over the last two decades. SSTV signals will be sent to earth at 145.80 MHz using FM. The SSTV mode of transmission is expected to be PD 120 (PD 180 may be a second option). The event is expected to continue over a two day period.

Since it’s inception, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has provided students an opportunity, through ham radio, to engage in conversation with orbiting astronauts and inspired many to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Consider how you might inspire students in your area through this chance to capture images directly from space to their computers. 

Please note that the event, and any ARISS event, is dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time.

While preparations are being finalized please check for new and the most current information on the and websites, the, the ARISS facebook at Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) and ARISS twitter @ARISS_status for the latest information on this event.


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies and amateur radio.  For more information, see,, and

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ARISS SSTV Commemorative Activity Coming Soon (July 2017)

In commemoration of our 20th anniversary, the ARISS team is planning to transmit a set of 12 SSTV images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over that time.  While still to be scheduled, we anticipate the SSTV
operation to occur around the weekend of July 15.  We are planning for at least a 2 day operation, but are working for a potential longer operation. Note that all of this tentative and may change based on crew scheduling and
ISS operations.

Starting with our first meeting in November 1996, our joint operations on Mir, becoming the first operational payload on ISS in November 2000 to our 1103rd school contact (so far), ARISS' accomplishments have been tremendous. We have touched the lives of many and inspired and educated countless students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers.

Please stay tuned as more details on our SSTV event will be communicated in the coming weeks.  Please spread the word.  And think about how you can get students in your area involved in capturing these images.  We would love to hear your stories on how that goes.

73,  Frank KA3HDO

Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO
ISS Ham Radio Program Manager & PI
ARISS International Chair
AMSAT V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs

Monday, February 6, 2017

MAI-75 experiment to be active in February 2017

MAI-75 SSTV from ISS planned for Monday,  February 13 from 09:25-18:00 UTC and Tuesday, February 14 from 11:25-16:30 UTC. Passes are just the ones in range of Moscow. Presuming standard configuration with down link on 145.800 MHz and PD-180 (unconfirmed).

Feb. 13 UPDATE**
It appears that the experiment is having some issues as I have seen several reports of "nothing heard" during the time that the crew had activated the system. Hopefully the ground team can work out the problem and correct it before the experiment is activated on Feb 14.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Inter MAI-75 (Dec 8-9)

I am seeing activities for MAI-75 scheduled on Dec 8 (12:35-1800) and Dec 9 (12:40-17:40) UTC. The times correspond to passes over the Moscow region. SSTV is typically active during the orbits between the start and stop times each day. ISS has traditionally transmitted images on 145.800 MHz for this event.

Monday, August 15, 2016

MAI-75 activity on Aug 15 and 16

Bit late getting this info out due to being on travel to Russia (where I got it from the source). MAI-75 will be transmitting SSTV imagery and planning to use mode PD 120 on August 15 and 16 for a few orbits each day that pass over Moscow. MAI-75 scheduled operations times for Monday were scheduled to be from 11:05 - 15:35 UTC and Tuesday, Aug 16 are 11:10 - 16:45 UTC. Stations receiving images can post them to ARISS Gallery.

Update - Aug 16
Getting reports that the ISS is transmitting mode PD180 instead of the announced PD120.

Friday, April 15, 2016

MAI-75 results

Despite the shorter operational period it seems that amateur operators worldwide were able to receive most of the MAI-75 series of image. Below are examples of ones posted to the ARISS Gallery.
It appears that#1, #10 and #12 were the rarest.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

ARISS 15th Anniversary event results

The SSTV image transmissions that were part of the celebration of ARISS operating on the ISS for over 15 years are coming to a close. Seems everyone finally had a chance to hear SSTV from the ISS. The nicest images are posted to the ARISS Gallery and all of the images posted are in the archive section.

Here are some examples of images captured during this event.
BD4UJ captured image
CU2ZG captured image
JA0CAW captured image
UA9UIZ captured image

G7HCE captured image

VU3JHK captured image

IV3RYQ captured image

LW8EXS captured image

SV3CIX captured image

KO6TZ captured image

EB2AOC captured image
One note is that the #1 image appears to have been omitted possibly due to confusion with an image from an earlier series.

The MAI-75 event is next but only planned for a few hours. Details are in the previous post just below.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

MAI-75 April 14 and 15

Details are a bit sketchy at this point but it appears that the Moscow Aviation Institute will be conduction SSTV image transmissions from ISS on April 14 from around 15:00 to 18:00 UTC and again on April 15 from around 14:00 to 19:00. It appears they will be using the large image quality transmission mode of PD290 during this period. Folks will have to be extremely lucky to capture a full image during a pass of the ISS since the transmission time for each image will be nearly 5 minutes and there should be a gap between image transmissions to reduce the duty cycle on the radio. Transmissions are planned to occur on 145.800 MHz.

*** Update (April 14)
Getting reports that PD180 is being used for MAI-75 as well. This could be to not changing the mode from the previous event or a change in operational planning. Will have to wait and see if the mode stays the same or changes.

Friday, April 8, 2016

ARISS commemorative event (April 11-14)

Looks like all the pieces are starting to fall into place for the long awaited SSTV event.  The schedule is shaping up to look like this:

Setup and activation on April 11 about 18:25 UTC. 

Paused April 12 from 12:15 until 14:15 UTC to allow for a school contact with Romania. 
Paused April 13 from 12:45 until 14:30 UTC to allow for a school contact with Argentina. 
Deactivation on April 14 at 11:35 UTC.
This opportunity should cover most of the world during the operational period.The image transmissions should be on 145.800 MHz and the mode is planned to be PD180.

In addition, MAI-75 will be conducting two sessions afterwards. The first one is April 14 from 14:45 until 18:00 UTC. The second session is on April 15 from 14:10 until 19:00 UTC. These times do not cross N. America but will provide opportunities for Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and S. America.

As always, all operations aboard the ISS are subject to change and everyone interested in this activity should be vigilant and patient."

*** Update (April 11, 2016)
Looks like the start will be delayed. Seems the hardware is having issues and not transmitting. Troubleshooting is in work.

*** Update (April 12, 2016)
A faulty connector appears to still be plaguing SSTV operations. I has been working for some periods of time but continues to cause problems for transmissions. It was active over N. America at 20:00 UTC.