21 April 2015, 1115 UTC
Interpreter: Mark Leybovich
Not able to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer welcomed the team. He shared the sad news from Francesco DePaolis and Claudio Ariotti about Max Canepa, IW1CNF, recently becoming a Silent Key. Francesco had said, “Thanks Max for what you have given us.” Max was an outstanding supporter of ARISS school contacts, and tirelessly worked with Claudio on the IK1SLD telebridge station. The ARISS team expressed sincere sympathy to Max’s family.
1. News, CNES and the D710—Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Agenda Summary: CNES (Centre National D'études Spatiales), the French space agency and member of ESA (European Space Agency), has an educational outreach service. The manager of this service, Mrs. Edery, was invited to a recent ARISS school contact in France, where she became very enthused about ARISS and asked what could CNES do to improve the signal quality of the equipment on the Columbus module. She suggested considering a possible cooperation between CNES educational service and ARISS on a hardware upgrade. She was interested in completing the upgrade before French astronaut Thomas Pesquet flies to the ISS next year. The ARISS Technical Committee had already started developing an upgrade concept for the Columbus equipment, so a proposal and the outline was submitted to CNES with a request for support. We have not yet received an answer.
Since writing his agenda summary, Gaston Bertels has had further communication with Mrs. Edery. She confirmed that there is definite interest in the CNES space agency for supporting ARISS.
Daniele Laurini, the head of ESA’s ISS Infrastructure Division, said an upgraded version of the PPS (Portable Power Supply) is being developed but will not be available for 1 to 2 years. Laurini referred Gaston to Jesus Jiménes, who Gaston has known for years since the days of developing the Columbus antennas! Jiménes is the head of ISS In-orbit Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations, in charge of power distribution.in Columbus. He said he will review the power distribution for ARISS’s Columbus equipment. Gaston discussed with Jiménes the importance of compatibility of ARISS equipment between the Russian segment and Columbus. Laurini and Jiménes have the documents recently prepared for CNES by the ARISS team on upgrading ARISS equipment in Columbus.
Lou McFadin and Mark Steiner hope to get Kaiser Italia’s information on the PPS being upgraded so the ARISS team can study it.
Frank thanked Gaston for his leadership and the technical committee’s fast response after learning of CNES’s interest in supporting ARISS.
2. Certification of Raspberry Pi—Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD & Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Agenda Summary: Following ARISS being appointed an Educational Outreach Partner by the UK Space Agency (UKSA) for the Tim Peake Principia mission, a link has been established between the HAM Video team and the Raspberry Pi Foundation (R-Pi Foundation), also a UKSA Educational Outreach Partner. The R-Pi Foundation has already started the certification of its Raspberry Pi B+ and are expecting to fly multiple units to the ISS for the Tim Peake mission. These units will remain on orbit after the Peake mission ends, and the R-Pi Foundation is working with NASA Ames on the ability to link the units to the ISS LAN for future long-term outreach opportunities. This means that Raspian, the Operating System, needs to be certified. The Foundation is very interested in the use of the R-Pi as part of the HAM Video project and has offered to collaborate with ARISS to share as much of the certification details as possible, as well as hardware and software information about the Pi to help solve/understand issues identified by the HAM Video team.
Ciaran Morgan added to his agenda summary, saying he hopes the Ri-P Foundation engineers can begin talking very soon with Art Towslee. Ciaran said the Foundation had been very surprised and pleased to learn ARISS was doing something with Ri-P.
Frank thanked Ciaran on his leadership with the UKSA and more recently with this Ri-P initiative.
3. Update, Ham TV—Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO & Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Agenda Summary: Our Ham TV procedures were officially approved and our system is ready for activation. The crew received a "task list" request to power on the unit when they have the time to do so. Once activated, blank transmissions will be available until the unit is required to be powered down by ISS flight operations. After a series of calibrations and tests by ground stations, the next phase would be to incorporate a live transmission during a standard voice school contact.
Kenneth Ransom updated his agenda summary, reporting that the transmitter had been powered on by Samantha Cristoforetti who stated that there was a lack of power from one of the two ends of the power supply outlet system. Kenneth is checking on things and Gaston will talk with staff at B.USOC, the ESA Belgian ISS Utilisation Support Centre.
4. Update, Need Representatives for Sustainability Committee—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Agenda Summary: Last month's discussion reviewed the history of financial and in-kind support for ARISS, plus the many reasons we now need to set up a committee on sustainability. Delegates need to name one person who will be their ARISS Region's representative to this committee.
Frank asserted that the current actions by the European ARISS team, US ARISS team, and CNES (to upgrade the Columbus radio and power supply), is a great example of the synergy that can develop in different groups to improve ARISS. This particular example involves hardware, funding, ground systems, and operations to name only a few components.
A major ARISS goal is to maintain the open and transparent environment that we had in the past years, and to carry on the capability to be proactive rather than reactive.
Another major ARISS goal is to have a stable funding environment, and one that allows for more consistent planning for the future.
***Delegate Action Item: Each ARSS Region is to contact Frank with the name of a representative by May 8, 2015.
5. Update, SSTV—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Agenda Summary: The D710 was set up for Russian SSTV operations on April 11-12 to support Cosmonautics Day. Frank thanked Sergey for his efforts in giving outstanding opportunities to people and students who wanted to download and view the images. The next SSTV transmissions are planned for May, and Sergey is eager to transmit images the team sends to him of the inventors of space travel.
Sergey Samburov added to his agenda summary by saying the system has worked well. The next SSTV transmissions will be approximately May 30-31. Please send materials such as photo files for this by 1 May to Frank and Sergey.
Another transmission set will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soyuz-Apollo mission in July. ARISS would also like to conduct an educational event using SSTV some days in October through December. We hope to get files of drawings about space exploration and pictures from schools and children from all over the world. We need to coordinate this education effort, as we must communicate this to the schools and downselect the images to be sent on SSTV. Frank said we will discuss this in more detail at our meeting in Tokyo.
The ISS international team has officially extended the service life of the ISS to 2024, and Sergey wants to ensure ARISS operations will continue until then. Some equipment in the Russian segment will become outdated and Sergey plans to replace it and will work with the whole ARISS team in doing this.
Gaston has informed EAS’s Daniele Laurini that ARISS has transmitted images from the Russian segment, and will transmit historical images soon.
Keigo Komuro recently sent an email with an update on who has reported that they will be attending the meeting in Tokyo. Frank asked everyone to ensure they contact Keigo as soon as possible if they think they may be able to go to our August meeting.
Our Next Meeting
Our next meeting will be 19 May 2015.
5 May 2015