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JVCKENWOOD receives letter of appreciation from ARISS
Radio System Plays Key Role in Communications Between Earth and Astronauts
System makes it possible for amateur radio operators all over the world to contact the International Space Station

JVCKENWOOD Corporation was presented with a letter of appreciation for many years of service related to the amateur radio system on the International Space Station as well as support of future operations, in Tokyo on August 22, 2015. ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station), the organization in charge of the amateur radio station system on the ISS, commended JVCKENWOOD for contributing the radio system and providing technical support during the ARISS International delegates meeting held in Tokyo this year. Sponsored by amateur radio organizations and space agencies in the USA, Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe, the activities of ARISS are designed to inspire students worldwide, to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the ISS on-orbit crew.

The amateur radio system that JVCKENWOOD provided has been running for over 10 years since its installation on the International Space Station in 2003, where it has reliably assisted communication between astronauts on the ISS and amateur radio operators on earth, possibly including a whole new generation of astronauts and scientists. This system is based on the TM-D700E radio, modified to support ARISS operations.