Minutes from the ARISS International Partners meetings held at European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands on April 3 -5, 2014
Participants in Alphabetical Order
Stefan Wagener, VE4NSA--Delegate
Oliver Amend, DG6BCE—ARISS-International Vice Chair
Claudio Ariotti, IK1SLD
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF—ARISS Delegate
Jean-Pierre Courjaud, F6DZP
Emanuele D’Andria, I0ELE—ARISS Delegate
Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF
Gianpietro Ferrario, IZ2GOJ
Tonino Giagnocovo, IZ8YKK
Jorg Hahn, DL3LUM
Bertus Husken, PE1KEH--ARISS Delegate
Fabio Inglese, IWIBND
Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ
Christophe Mercier—ARISS Delegate
Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD
Piero Tognolatti, I0KPT
Fabrizio Corrsi—Kayser Italia
Keigo Komuro, JA1KAB—ARISS Delegate
Sergey Samburov, RV3DR—ARISS Delegate
Kerry Banke, N6IZW
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO—ARISS-International Chair
Tim Bosma, W6MU
Lou McFadin, W5DID
Mark Steiner, K3MS
Dave Taylor, W8AAS—ARISS Delegate
Rosalie White, K1STO—ARISS Delegate, ARISS-International Secretary/Treasurer
Jessica Grenouilleau, ESA ISS Programme & Exploration
Trinesha Dixon, NASA (via Webex)
Dr. Gerhard Thiele, ESA Human Spaceflight & Operations Strategic Planning and Outreach Office
Thursday April 3, 2014
1. Introductions and Welcome
Frank opened the meeting by saying that it is fantastic that we have participants at our ESTEC meeting who represent all five ARISS regions, and that we will have representatives attending from ESA and NASA.
Gaston was thanked by everyone for all of his great work in planning and coordinating the ESTEC meeting. Gaston was also thanked for many years of service to ARISS, including his years as ARISS Chair.
Frank relayed that our main focus of this meeting at ESTEC is to work closer as a team, to improve our relationships, and to better network together, since improving all of these things makes our program more successful.
In 1996, at our very first meeting, Keigo, Sergey, Joerg, Rosalie, and Frank represented their amateur radio organizations as ARISS region representatives, and Lou took part for hardware development purposes. It is a mark of passion for the program that all of these people are still highly involved in ARISS.
The group welcomed Stefan as our newest ARISS Delegate. Each attendee was asked to give his or her name, call sign, and his or her responsibility within ARISS. Fabrizio Corrsi, of Kayser Italia, told about a point of interest -- his Kayser Italia colleague, Elisa Carrruba, has submitted her application to be a ham radio operator, and that he, himself, has always wanted to become a ham radio operator.
Frank presented Peter with a plaque to thank him for his hard work as Ops Coordinator, and reminded everyone that Peter did this duty for 12 months straight because no one else could volunteer as coordinator. Normal time frame is for a 6-month stint.
A review was done of the agenda (included below, titled DOC1) for the entire meeting.
2. Welcome by ESA Management
Dr. Gerhard Thiele, DG1KIL, was introduced to the group. Dr. Thiele is a former astronaut who is now head of ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Operations Strategic Planning and Outreach office. He welcomed the group on behalf of ESA, to ESTEC. Dr. Thiele related that ESA has a number of facilities around Europe, and ESTEC is a showcase for space operations. He stated that ESA sees the large benefit that students get from communicating with ISS crew members via ARISS, and he pronounced that students learn many things from their ARISS contacts.
3. Follow-up discussions regarding ARISS Regional Reports and Committee Reports
Participants were asked if there were any questions or comments in regard to any of the ARISS Region reports and the ARISS Committee reports that had been circulated before the meeting. A motion was made to accept all ARISS Region reports and all ARISS committee reports without discussion (reports included below as DOCS 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). Everyone felt the reports were fine, but two thoughts were shared. It was suggested that a good tactic would be to survey students after a year (or two or three) after their participation in ARISS to see what effect ARISS had on them, such as career choice. Secondly, it was brought up that the delegates need to ensure that committee members are actually active participants in their committee’s work, and that is not always the case.
4. Improving International Collaboration and Teamwork within the ARISS Working Group
Frank presented some observations about teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation and how this has affected ARISS (report included below as DOC 25). Many things have changed over the years, including less financial support from space agencies. We need to be a close well-integrated team in order to sustain the program and to have a program that is not a burden to the space agencies. Stefan suggested that we have strategy sessions because we need to discuss short-term and long-term goals, what our mission and vision are, and said that these types of strategy sessions would promote good teamwork. The team agreed that virtual meetings would allow for a lot of sharing and give-and-take.
****Action Item: It was asked if old TORs and a list of people who used to be on committees could be added to the new ARISS web pages.
5. Status Reports: Space Agency Support for Educational Outreach
Francesco gave a talk on how ESA supports ARISS (included below as DOC27). Frank gave a summary of NASA support of ARISS, and updated the team on the recent NASA budget issues that are being worked by the US team. Sergey spoke on Russian support of ARISS. Stefan reported that CSA’s education office lost funding, and it is nearly impossible for ARISS Canadian delegates to work with CSA when schools are selected for ARISS, but in the future, it may be possible to work with CSA in other ways. Keigo said there is no official mechanism for communicating with JAXA about school contacts, however, Masanobu can talk unofficially with some JAXA officials, and JAXA sees the TV and newspaper reports that are distributed to the public about Japanese ARISS school activity.
****Action Item: We need to develop a list of what responsibilities and activities can be done by volunteers and what ones must be done by NASA, ESA, and the other space agency representatives.
6. Telebridge Station Strategy
Dave Taylor gave a presentation on telebridge stations (included below as DOC 28. The SAREX program initiated the telebridge system for Ron Parise’s flight in 1990, and the AMSAT-NA team has continued to lead telebridge activity since then. Dave proposed that it is now time to have telebridge activity led by the ARISS-I as a responsibility of the Operations Committee.
Talks have been ongoing in regard to the pros and cons of adding new telebridge stations. Tim reported that having more telebridge stations can have a negative effect, because when a telebridge station is inactive for months, the operators get little practice and lose interest. It was also brought up that if the telebridge station is supported by an educational institution, and the station is seldom used, the room and funding set aside for the telebridge station can be taken away if it is inactive much of the time. Stefan mentioned that when a telebridge station is run by students, they are not able to learn so much if their station is inactive much of the time. Keigo noted that there is an issue in Japan for the connection of radios to phone lines. Francesco said that having more ground stations means there is a backup station if needed, and he suggested that specific needs for future Ham TV ground stations should be discussed and a part of the telebridge system. Dave proposed a motion to the delegates to transfer selection and operations of the telebridge network from AMSAT-NA to the ARISS-I Operations Committee.
Just prior to a break in the meeting, Ciaran invited the team to review the web site: http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk to look at Filter Messages link, where FunCube-1/AO-73 posted a message of greeting for the ARISS-I meeting attendees.
7. A Path Forward to the future: ISS Ham Equipment Status & Proposed Plans
Frank provided a status of all the ARISS hardware on ISS, described some of the issues we are experiencing and provided some potential solutions to correct the issues observed. This led into a summary of ideas on our hardware strategy for the future. Frank and Lou described some short, medium and long-term solutions to improve our hardware and enhance operations on ISS. Lou showed diagrams of a dream station and Frank and Lou discussed the development strategy of the future hardware systems. (Report included below as DOC 20.) ARISS will be more successful if our equipment is modular, interoperable (can be easily moved from module to module), if it has improved automation and if we can command it from the ground. Lou suggested the use of the on-board IPADs to enhance and expand our capabilities and Frank suggested installing equipment on the Express Pallet and using wireless devices (ham radio HTs, WiFi or Bluetooth) to allow the crew to communicate through ARISS wherever they are within ISS. The hardware architecture proposed will enable all ARISS international regions to participate in the development and implementation of hardware systems by proposing what element(s) of the hardware system that they would like to develop, certify and/or fly to ISS. This new hardware architecture will also significantly improve ARISS operations through additional modes, more autonomous operations and enhanced interfaces and locations for crew members to participate.
****Action Item: Everyone on the team, from all ARISS Regions, needs to review the proposed hardware architecture and provide their inputs on future strategy for ARISS hardware.
****Action Item: Emanuele asked to get an answer on why the camera in the Columbus module is run on batteries instead of off of the KuPS.
Friday April 4, 2014
8. Long-term Spectrum Planning
Emanuele presented a discussion on long-term spectrum planning, focusing primarily on the ham radio S-band spectrum. WiFi is so much more prevalent now in the S-band ham radio segment than when our antennas were first developed. The Europeans will be able, legally, to continue using frequencies they have been testing if their call sign is used. If ARISS wants to use the US call sign on 2367 MHz, the team would need to try to get an experimental license since 2367 GHz is outside of the US band allocation -- 2390 MHz is the bottom of the band in the US. The US team would also need to get a waiver to use the US call sign to operate Ham TV on 2395 MHz since it is not within the amateur satellite band.
****Action Item: Since ARISS will have limitations from WiFi interference, the US team will begin asking if there is consideration being done within IARU Region 2 for an alignment of the band to match CEPT’s plan. And to extend the amateur satellite service to 2390 MHz.
****Action Item: Also, with CEPT revisions underway, all internationals should work with their IARU societies and regional communications agencies to propose a 20 MHz primary allocation for amateur radio in the 2300-2400 band for both amateur and amateur satellite service operations. If this were to happen, we understand this would take years to be put into place. But it is crucial for the future of ARISS Ham TV operations and other, future ARISS operations within S-band.
****Action Item: For the short term, Oliver suggested we research and develop filters to work around the problem of WiFi interference.
8.1 Webcast Strategy for ARISS Events
Gianpietro spoke on Webcast strategies for ARISS education events (included below as DOC 29).
****Action Item: Gianipetro was asked to lead an ad hoc committee to work more on his ideas. ****Action Item: Dave will ask the Ops Committee if anyone is interested in joining Gianpetro’s ad hoc committee.
9. School Selection and Regional Scheduling Procedures
Francesco reviewed how the school selection process works in Europe, and talked about the many schools that are on the waiting list for ARISS contacts. Rosalie presented a flow chart accompanied by a verbal summary of how the US school proposal system works. Stefan gave some Canadian highlights and a short summary of how schools are chosen for ARISS contacts. Keigo spoke on how schools are selected for his ARISS Region. Sergey described the Gagarin ISS Ham Radio Space Student Initiative, and Tatiana gave a Powerpoint show on the Kursk area and a few of the Kursk SWS University student activities, some of which are shared with students in other areas outside of Kursk. (Reports included below as DOCS 21, 22, 23, 24.)
Gianpietro talked about how he spends many hours with teachers he works with at the schools he mentors for ARISS contacts, working on student lessons before the contact. Rosalie mentioned that some schools develop student science and technical activities, and some educators present their lessons after their contact. Oliver talked about the mentor program he is involved with in Germany.
Frank said the ARISS International Educational Outreach / School Selection Committee will begin regular meetings, soon, and will discuss the committee’s outdated TOR, its committee processes, the imbalance of schools between regions, and how to improve the education mission, since that is actually part of the name of the committee. (Report included below as DOC 7.)
10. Strategy for Revising the ARISS Terms of Reference
There was not enough time to have Gaston present his topic on strategies for revising ARISS TORs.
****Action Item: We will have this as a discussion during an ARISS-I telecon.
11. Gagarin ISS Ham Radio Space Initiative
Sergey and Tatiana gave this presentation as part of the school selection agenda item (see item 9, above).
12. ARISS Fundraising Initiative
Tim presented views on fund raising for ARISS (report included below as DOC26). He asked ARISS delegates to decide if they wish to have him move forward with some of the ideas on fund raising, and also, to share any of their own ideas.
13. ESA Presentation
Jessica planned to come to the full ARISS meeting to present thoughts and ideas, but a last-minute meeting required her to attend another important ESA meeting. However, she will continue to work with ARISS on an agreement in regard to the equipment.
14. Revision & Development of an ARISS Charter with Space Agencies
****Action Item: Frank wants to create a committee to review all charters that ARISS has with space agencies.
****Action Item: The team needs to develop a plan for future agreements we desire to have.
15. Ham Video
Emanuele gave a presentation summarizing much of the Ham TV activity (report included below as DOC 11).
Alex talked about the Belgian User Support & Operations Center (B.USOC), which supported the testing and commissioning of Ham Video (included below as DOC 10).
Oliver, Gaston, Frank, and Rosalie left the meeting for a part of Thursday to talk about the future of HamVideo equipment. They met with Jessica Grenouilleau, of ESA’s ISS Programme & Exploration Department, plus a representative from ESA’s legal department. Specifically, the discussion was on who would become the custodian or owner of Ham Video equipment, and the pros and cons for ESA and ARISS on custodianship versus ownership. ARISS cannot own the equipment since we are not a legal entity. After some discussion, it was mutually agreed that ARISS custodianship of the HamVideo system would be the best approach. The ARISS team present agreed to take this back to the delegates for a vote on a motion to assign custodianship to ARISS. The ARISS officers can assign one of the ARISS delegates or an ARISS Region member to be the signatory of an agreement with ESA since they represent the IARU and/or AMSAT societies. It was felt that a Technical Memorandum of Understanding would probably be the most desirable thing for ESA and ARISS to create for signatories.
At the ARISS-I meeting, Gaston made a motion as follows:
The delegates of the Member Societies of the international working group, “Amateur Radio on the International Space Station” (ARISS) authorize ARISS to sign an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA), relative to the use of the digital amateur television transmitter (Ham Video), installed on board the Columbus module of the International Space Station.
According to this agreement:
1. ARISS shall use the Ham Video transmitter for educational outreach, especially for implementing conversations between students and crew members, owners of an appropriate amateur radio license.
2. The Ham Video transmitter will be used in compliance with the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), relative to the amateur satellite service.
3. ARLSS shall develop proper means and ways to optimize the use of the transmitter from technical and operational perspectives, including the setting up of ground stations, operated by volunteering radio amateurs.
4. ESA will provide ARISS the use of the Ham Video mockup equipment, needed for crew training as well as the use of the ground station equipment developed by manufacturer Kayser Italia.
5. Duly licensed crew members, wishing to contact amateur radio ground stations, will be invited to use the Ham Video transmitter.
6. The ARISS officers will mandate a representative as point of contact with ESA for all practical aspects relative to this agreement.
Delegates discussed whether to pass a simpler motion rather than the six-point motion. A simpler motion would direct the ARISS officers to work on a Technical Memorandum of Understanding with ESA for the use of the Ham Video (flight and ground) equipment. The ARISS officers could also draft a list of important points (probably nearly identical to the list above) to submit to ESA in regard to a Technical Memorandum of Understanding.
The new motion, proposed by Stefan, was as follows:
The delegates authorize the ARISS officers to negotiate with ESA regarding aspects that are required for the use of all the Ham Video equipment (flight and ground) for ARISS activities.
The sentence must be interpreted to mean that all delegates will review any agreement before it is signed.
ARISS delegates voted unanimously in favor of this new motion.
16. Improving International Collaboration & Teamwork
There was not enough time for Frank to have a follow-on discussion on this report (included below as DOC 25). However, Frank noted that many of the collaboration and teamwork concerns cited in his presentation under agenda item 4 are getting resolved through our face to face and our follow-up actions and motions. He stated that we should continue to improve our communication and teamwork through teleconferences, e-mail exchanges and more periodic ARISS-I face to face meetings.
17. Proposals for motions for delegates to consider
If anyone has motions, actions, comments and suggestions or questions from the meeting that need to be voted upon or discussed, please email Frank, Oliver, and Rosalie. Due to time constraints, we decided to act on the motions and actions that have resulted from the ARISS-I face to face through our upcoming ARISS-I teleconferences.
18. 2015 / 2016 Meeting Plans
Possible locations mentioned for our next meeting were Kursk, Japan, Canada, and the US. We need to firm up our 2015 meeting plans in the next few months.
19. Final Discussions and Closing of ARISS Administrative Meeting
Frank thanked everyone for two meeting days filled with outstanding and open dialogue of our opinions and ideas. All delegates hope this continues into our future days.
We also thanked Gaston for his efforts to make the face-to-face an outstanding success and to ESA for the help and support for this meeting and all they have done for ARISS in the past, present and future.
Saturday April 5, 2014
ARISS Hardware Technical Discussions
20. Common Interfaces for all modules
21. S-Band Beacon/Transponder
24. Deploying a Kenwood D710 into the Columbus Module
Lou had prepared a thought piece on equipment to cover all the agenda items cited above. He went over the differences on what is required in the Russian Service Module versus the Columbus Module for such things as power, audio, video, and RF. He proposed a power pin out system that would allow for all of the following: 28, 6, and 13 volts, and he raised the importance of having common interfaces. Bt leveraging the S-band Beacon/Transponder project it would allow us, for instance, to have for the Columbus Module, L-band receiving, a D-710 radio system on UHF & VHF, an S-band 100 mw beacon (that hams could use who had operated AO-40), slow scan, narrow band CW on 2.40015 GHz (it would help people fine-tune their pointing systems while working with Ham-Video) and an FM 3-watt S-band downlink transponder that can support L, U & V uplinks. (Reports included below as DOCS 17, 15, 14).
Some talking points included the following: We need to be able to control our equipment from the ground, and developing software defined equipment would let us do this, (i.e. our system could use a raspberry pi programmed for us to command switching from mode to mode (e.g. voice to packet). We must have an override power switch for the crew, for safety reasons. For a camera, we could consider using an IPAD, which is already certified for space and on-orbit. It would be wonderful to have a second KuPS power source. The ISS is very crowded; there is very little free space, so we must minimize the space that our equipment will require.
Fabrizio of Kayser-Italia said that his company is open to help and support our future plans. Fabrizio continued to say that he was very impressed with our team, with its technical expertise and knowledge, and its professionalism, and he has been very, very happy to work with us.
Lou talked about how it would be good to have a Kenwood D-710 in the Columbus Module in addition to the Service Module. The RF and power and the connectors are different in the two modules, and we need to be able to operate in both modules with any new equipment. Some of his discussion points included the need for a single type of connector in the modules, the possibility of powering a Canon camera, and our need to think about how to coordinate the use of the antennas.
22. Ham Video Workshop
Jean-Pierre brought a great deal of equipment for his and Piero’s workshop presentation on HamVideo (included below as DOCS 12, 18, 19). Discussion points included low-cost tracking antennas, a Yaesu rotator, using a joy stick, a pie plate antenna with a double dipole in the center, low noise down converters, a tiny spectrum analyzer, and much more.
23. How to set up Ham TV School Contacts
A good outline was written by Gaston on things we must think about before having Ham TV school contacts (report included below as DOC 13) . We need to write a paper on minimum specifications that are required for a Ham TV station. We need a paper on what the school must have compared to what is needed now, such as a computer-equipped school, and that it must have open computers. Gaston reminded us that Ham Video operations will require extra work for the Mentors and for the Coordinator.
The team commented on how we need to develop a paper on what educational outcomes we can offer to schools in order to encourage teachers to take part in ARISS.
Now that HamVideo commissioning is going well, we need a slide set showing what the system can do. We need to think about ways to keep the equipment in use, such as uploading a school’s science project that could be watched by many students.
25. A Path Forward to the Future Ham Station
Kerry spoke about ideas for an enhanced permanent ARISS station (report included below as DOC 16). We need thoughts from the whole team, and we should put together a committee to talk about future equipment.
26. Closing of the ARISS Technical Meeting
Before the meeting was adjourned, Frank thanked Gaston for all of the work he did to coordinate the meeting and all necessary logistics. The team also thanked Joerg for his role in facilitating our time at ESTEC and for all he did to make the Saturday Technical meeting such a great success. Frank thanked everyone for coming to the meeting and for participating in all aspects of the meeting, and conveying so many of their good thoughts and concerns. A great wealth of information was shared, but more importantly, the team worked together, and acted in a way of full corroboration. This is what is required to have a successful ARISS program.
Motions from the ARISS International Partners meetings held at European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands on April 3 -5, 2014
These motions required a vote by ARISS Delegates. In a majority vote, delegates voted on and approved these motions.
Motion #1 A motion was made to:
Convene the administrative committee to review and revamp the ARISS TOR. Begin by having Delegates name 1 person per ARISS Region as the committee representative. The committee will draft a new ARISS TOR and submit it to the Delegates for approval.
Motion #2 A motion was made to:
Have ARISS International give responsibility to each ARISS committee (e.g. Operations, Project Selection and Use, Educational Outreach/School Selection, Public Relations) to go through the committee’s Terms of Reference (TOR) and review and revamp their committee’s TOR. Begin by having Delegates name 1 person per ARISS Region as a committee representative. The committee will draft the TOR and submit it to Delegates for approval. Note that the TOR will include recommendations on committee membership with current members listed in the TOR appendix.
Motion #3 A motion was made to:
A. Have ARISS International take over operation of the telebridge network from AMSAT-NA.
B. The Operations Committee would then be responsible for selecting and managing telebridge stations.
C. The Operations Committee would prepare criteria for selecting telebridge stations and present them to the Delegates for approval.
D. When new telebridge stations are needed, the Operations Committee would present recommended stations to the Delegates for approval.
Motion #4 A motion was made to:
Direct the ARISS Board to review the draft list of important points about custodianship of the HamTV equipment, and finalize and submit the list to ESA in regard to a Technical Memorandum of Understanding.
Motion #5 A motion was made to:
Request that Tim Bosma move forward with some of the ideas he presented on fund raising.
The meeting generated the following list of action items and instructions for participants.
Review the action list for accuracy and for completeness, remembering that some items you might consider to be actions were actually in the list of motions that Delegates are voting on, currently. After you review the action list, give your input to your Delegate(s) by May 23, 2014.
Roles & responsibilities, TORs, agreements
1 Hold strategy sessions to discuss short-term and long-term goals for ARISS. What is our mission and vision? How do we, as a full team, accomplish these goals?
2. List responsibilities and actions that can be done by volunteers and what ones must be done by our space agencies.
3. Ask all team members from all ARISS Regions to provide inputs to their ARISS Delegate(s) on future strategy for ARISS hardware, such as having common interfaces and launching a D-710, as well as an enhanced future permanent ARISS station onboard. The Project Selection & Use Committee should compile the ideas and an ad hoc committee should be created to discuss the ideas.
4. Establish an ad hoc committee to review all current ARISS charters with space agencies. The committee will develop a plan for initiating future agreements we desire to have.
5. Because there was not enough time to have Gaston Bertels present his presentation on strategies for revising ARISS TORs, we will have this as a discussion during an ARISS-I telecon.
6. Set up a team led by Gianpietro Ferrario, IZ2GOJ, to develop his ideas on webcasting ARISS events, including hardware and software details, centralized streaming, and possible uses. Dave Taylor will ask the Ops Committee if anyone is interested in joining Gianpetro’s team.
7. Set up a team to develop a paper on what educational outcomes schools can achieve; the paper would encourage teachers to take part in ARISS.
8. Create a team to research possible short term solutions to get around WiFi interference in order to use frequencies above 2400 MHz, such as, design and test filters. With CEPT revisions underway, all internationals should work with their IARU societies and regional communications agencies to propose a 20 MHz primary allocation for amateur radio in the 2300-2400 band for both amateur and amateur satellite service operations. If this were to happen, we know this would take years to be put into place. But it is crucial for the future of ARISS Ham TV operations and other future ARISS operations within S-band.
9. The US team will begin asking if there is consideration being done within IARU Region 2 for an alignment of the band to match CEPT’s plan, and to extend the amateur satellite service to 2390 MHz.]
10. Form a team to write a paper on minimum specifications that are required for a HamTV station, and think about the questions in Gaston Bertel’s presentation on this subject. The team would also write a paper on what the school must have for HamTV compared to what is needed now, such as a computer-equipped school, and think about questions in Gaston’s presentation on this subject. A team would also create a slide set showing what HamTV can do.
11. Set up a team to develop a list of ways to keep the HamTV equipment in use, such as uploading a school’s science project that could be watched by many students around the world.
12. Get an answer on why the camera in the Columbus module is run on batteries instead of off of the KuPS.
13. Post to the ARISS web pages the previous members of our committees and old committee TORs.
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