The students of a school in Lakki Marwat have received their first slow scan television image from the International Space Station and even got a certificate for it.
The SSTV is a picture transmission method using amateur radio operators to transmit and received station pictures via radio.
This was part of a science project of the students at the International Islamic University Islamabad Schools, Lakki Marwat. The participants were students of classes five and six.
“The frequency is open for all and not encrypted,” explained IIUI Director Asad Marwat. “You just need a received and antennas to capture and decode the images.”
Teachers worked alongside students to explain them the process and help them design antennas, he said. The entire process took two months.
The students received pictures from the International Space Station “orbiting around the earth at above 600 kilometres by using a VHF Amateur Radio receiver.”
We were teaching our students about satellites and we wanted them to not just read about it but know about its practical implications too, he remarked while speaking on SAMAA TV programme Naya Din.
“We want our students to know that there is more to science than what text books teach us,” Marwat added.
He said that the project has left many students in shock. “These children never knew about space. So, the project helped changed their vision and worldview,” he added.