April 18, 2017 1100 UTC
Interpreter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Hardware development is progressing well thanks to many people doing a lot of hard work. The final design review of the power supply and radio system is tentatively set for June.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: The minutes of the February and March ARISS-International Monthly Meeting were distributed to Delegates on April 15, 2017.
Discussion: A motion was made by Dave Taylor to accept the February ARISS meeting minutes, seconded by Oliver Amend. The minutes will be posted to www.ariss.org. A motion was made by Oliver Amend to accept the March ARISS meeting minutes, seconded by Ian MacFarquhar. The March minutes will be posted to www.ariss.org.
2. Call for Acceptance of ARISS Ad-hoc Awards Committee Report—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: A scheduled report for the April ARISS-International meeting covers the ARISS- Ad-hoc Awards Committee.
Discussion: Oliver Amend is working on contacting the committee members and he will be providing a report to be distributed and reviewed before the May ARISS-International monthly meeting.
3. Call for Acceptance of ARISS-International Sustainability & Funding Committee Report—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: A scheduled report for the April ARISS-International meeting covers the ARISS-International Sustainability & Funding Committee Report. A summary was compiled by Rosalie White on some fund-raising activities done since January 2017 by ARISS-US team members.
Discussion: Frank Bauer stated that a full committee report needs to include information from all ARISS Regions, and he cited Sergey Samburov’s in-kind donation of an Orlan space suit for a future SuitSat. Frank Bauer then asked ARISS Delegates and members of the ARISS-International Sustainability & Funding Committee to give him, by May 2, their ideas and an update on their ARISS Regions’ recent activities for funding, sustainability, and in-kind support. He will then provide a full worldwide report to be distributed and reviewed before the May ARISS-International monthly meeting.
4. CASIS--New Metrics, Follow-on Report—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: To date, the team has heard only a little bit of information about new metrics that will be needed from ARISS by its benefactor, CASIS.
Discussion: CASIS is responsible for half of the research and education being done on the ISS and CASIS must communicate information on this, including ARISS activity, to NASA and the US Government on a quarterly basis.
At the February meeting of all CASIS Space Station Explorers (SSE) representatives where Frank Bauer represented ARISS, an action item assigned at the meeting was for all SSE programs to begin using a common set of metrics, which will be used for these NASA and government reports. CASIS believes ARISS is one of its best programs for providing a thorough set of metrics, but there are a few more items all of SSE groups need to capture.
Just before the ARISS April meeting, Delegates were sent a form showing what CASIS needs; some of the metrics are the same as what has been captured up to now, such as number of participants. It will take some time to adapt to compiling the several new types of metrics, and CASIS understands this. ARISS will have one Activity Report for all ARISS Regions. A new portion for the report is the level of student engagement—how many hours (between 2 hours and 36 hours) students are engaged in ARISS educational activities. For demographics, a percentage is requested for underrepresented and underserved students, such as the percentage of a school’s or group’s young people living in poverty, and a percentage of young people who are minorities in their country. Frank Bauer and Dave Taylor will have a meeting with the ARISS-Ops to further explain what CASIS needs.
Questions came from Gaston Bertels about how the report will be a global quarterly report. Frank Bauer noted that the ARISS Activity Report will soon be slightly modified so mentors can get needed metrics from every worldwide school or group. He cited the ARISS Operations team members who all do a fine job pushing as much as possible to get all schools/groups to submit ARISS Activity Reports and photos. Debra Johnson collects these and compiles data; Rosalie White forwards the metrics to CASIS and SCaN. A report is submitted each quarter, and the next deadline is about two weeks before the end of June.
Gaston Bertels felt the ARISS Operations Team will need to help schools/groups understand that hours of engagement includes lessons, for instance, science activities or reading stories about space, along with the activities on the day of the radio contact.
Media reports are still needed in the ARISS reports going to benefactors; they always want to see this type of detail, and that information will continue to be collected though it is not shown on the CASIS form. Photographs and parental permission slips are still very important, in particular, for use on fliers and posters about fund-raising, and in an annual report.
5. Update on 2017 ARISS-International Face-to-face Meeting—Emanuele D’Andria, I0ELE & Francesco DePaolis, IK0WGF
Summary: The Italian team members are making plans for the 2017 ARISS Face-to-face Meeting in Rome.
Discussion: Oliver Amend shared that the Italian ARISS team members continue to move forward with meeting plans. An email from Emanuele D’Andria reported that the dates (October 10-13, 2017) are confirmed, but he awaits official written confirmation from ASI. The ARISS Italy team is aware of the AMSAT UK Colloquium on October 14-15, and will plan accordingly. The Italian team will be reporting on extracurricular tourist options, as well.
Kenneth Ransom gave the update for the Ericsson VHF radio, recently launched to the ISS on SpaceX 10; it has been set up and turned on. Hams around the world have been enjoying VHF packet again. Sergey Samburov continued the offer for the ISS crew to use the Kenwood radio as needed.
Gaston Bertels has worked extensively on the HamTV web site, adding a status report on whether the transmitter is transmitting ARISS activities or blank transmissions. The latter are important to ground stations working on and testing their stations. Web site viewers who have questions can now click on “help desk” which gives them the ability to email their questions, which Gaston Bertels receives. The web site gives the latest status of the minituoine free software developed by Jean-Pierre Courjaud, a description of hardware and dedicated software, antenna systems, and more. Gaston Bertels is working on a page about DATV technology, which will include a listing of acronyms and what they stand for, a page on minitutioune commands that are not intuitive to users, information about measurements and parameters of DATV in regard to Ham TV, and other useful information. The web site saw 100 regular visitors each day but after Gaston Bertels posted an announcement about the site, the number of visitors jumped to 1,125.
Ciaran Morgan asked for an update on groups wanting to use ARISS’s antennas. Frank Bauer, Lou McFadin, and Oliver Amend have been attending many meetings related to this. The Teldasat project team has agreed with the ARISS Team’s report that Teldasat transmissions would be incompatible with ARISS activity. Oliver Amend reported that the Spectrum Awareness group was expecting to hear from DLR in April for a project to be flown in the September-October 2018 timeframe. Lou McFadin has explained to all of the project teams that ARISS transmissions could damage their systems. Ciaran Morgan was thanked for bringing forward information he learned about a group that was interested in our antennas.
The next ARISS meeting is on May 16, 2017.
Rosalie White, K1STO
April 19, 2017