May 15 2018, 1100 UTC
Eskil Van Loosdrecht
Interpreter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Roll call was done by Rosalie White. She asked participants to say if they cannot hear a speaker.
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS team members in all ARISS Regions are working on many things with a great deal of success. The team is making good impressions on students around the world.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: The minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on April 17 were completed on April 19, 2018 and were distributed to ARISS Delegates on April 27, 2018.
Discussion: Gaston Bertels moved to accept the minutes of the April meeting; Oliver Amend seconded the motions. The minutes were unanimously accepted.
2. New Delegate, ARISS-Japan—Keigo Komuro, JA1KAB; Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: ARISS-Japan has a new ARISS Delegate attending the May ARISS-International telecon meeting.
Discussion: Keigo Komuro experienced a problem with the telephone connection and was not able to participate in the meeting.
Frank Bauer thanked Keigo Komuro for his years of great leadership and fine guidance from the early days of ARISS through today; he will be missed. An introduction of Shizuo Endo, JE1MUI was made as the new delegate for the Japanese Amateur Radio League (JARL).
Shizuo Endo said he looked forward to being on the team. He reported that he will be able to attend the face-to-face meeting in College Park, Maryland, and will be interesting in meeting many team members.
3. ARISS Face-to-face Meeting--Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: The ARISS-US Team has more details on the 2018 ARISS-International Face-to-face Meeting in the Washington DC area.
Discussion: Frank Bauer stated that on October 15 (Monday) there will be a full day of an ARISS Education Summit that will extend into the first half of October 16 (Tuesday). This summit is a US initiative; all team members from around the world are invited to participate. After lunch on October 16 will be a tour of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center along with a visit to the center’s K6DUE ham radio station and ARISS telebrdge station.
The days for the ARISS-International meeting are October 17-19 (Wednesday through Friday). An ARISS Hardware Meeting will be on October 20 (Saturday).
When ARISS team members have decided about going on the tours and finalized their itineraries, please email the itineraries to Carol Jackson at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Status, Ham Video—Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Summary: Summary to be available soon.
Discussion: The HamTV equipment is functioning, but no signals are being received on the ground. A plan is in place to perform a simple test. If that test results in no change, the team will discuss the next steps for troubleshooting.
5. Approval of ARISS Committee Reports Submitted—Dave Jordan, AA4KN
Summary: Most ARISS committee reports are due twice each year. Reports are submitted at the face-face meeting and again, approximately six months later. The ARISS-International PR Committee Report was distributed to delegates on May 2, 2018. Other reports were not completed.
Discussion: Dave Jordan stated that his report covered only the very best publicity items the team garnered. He knows, also, that he does not learn about every item of good media attention that ARISS receives.
A motion was made by Dave Taylor to accept the ARISS-International PR Committee Report submitted by Dave Jordan. The motion was seconded by Eskil Van Loosdrect and unanimously accepted by all delegates.
6. Update, Astronaut David St. Jacques Mission--Chet Latawiec, VE3CFK
Summary: Plans are in process for the David St. Jacques ISS mission.
Discussion: Chet Latawiec shared that the ARISS-Canada team and other Canadian hams are getting excited about Astronaut David St. Jacques’s upcoming six-month mission and his ARISS activities. He will be part of Expedition 58-59; expected launch date is December 20, 2019. He is quite fluent in French and English and has basic skills in other languages including Russian. His ham call sign is KG5FYI. He will support 20 ARISS contacts, 10 spread around Canada and 10 for other countries. Canadians are pleased about the mission after the five-year wait since Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s mission. Sergey Samburov told Chet Latawiec that St. Jacques will be welcomed in the Russian Service Module to use the ham radio station and at other times.
7. Update, European General Data Protection Regulation—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: As an update regarding European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that went into effect in May 2018, Oliver Amend will discuss the ARISS-Europe web site and other digital materials, and who to contact if a problem occurs regarding GDPR.
Discussion: Oliver Amend stated that the GDPR will be effective on May 25, 2018. ARISS-Europe is responsible only for ARISS-Europe-related data. ARISS-Europe will continue to discuss the GDPR, but implemented thus far were:
* Added GDPR data protection disclaimer on websites hosted in Europe, www.ariss-eu.org, https://creator.zoho.com/school.selection.manager/, https://www.issfanclub.com/, ARISS-Europe Twitter, ARISS-Europe Facebook
* Added GDPR reference to ARISS-Europe Talent Release Forms
* Removed from or modified web- and PC-based databases--personal privacy information and unauthorized photos and old data, secured access, added access limitations for controlled user, etc.
* Set up access-control for ARISS school contact information (access only to those who need to know)
Daily habits for every participant’s digital activity should be: Continue to handle all ARISS contact information (names, email addresses, phone numbers, originally signed document etc.) as carefully as before. When using email, please ensure personal information is sent only to those who must have it, and if possible, encrypted (e.g. ZIP + password protection). When using external data drives such as USB devices that contain ARISS business personal information, please encrypt them!
For now, ARISS-Europe Chairman Oliver Amend is point of contact for ARISS-Europe GDPR-related requests. Any external request about ARISS-Europe GDPR shall be emailed immediately to Oliver Amend since a quick response and a qualified response by him are required.
Update, Paper for International Astronautical Conference (IAC) 2018 —Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
The International Astronautical Conference (IAC) takes place at Bremen, Germany on 1-5 October 2018. One of the two abstracts for papers that were submitted by the ARISS team was accepted for the conference; it was titled: Amateur Radio on the ISS - Next Generation HamTV System.
Space Ops Paper for 2018—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
As reported at the March meeting, a paper related to ARISS was proposed by Frank Bauer to the Space Ops conference organizers. The conference is in late May in Marseille, France, and the proposed paper was accepted.
Kenneth Ransom announced that there is now an Australian Space Agency.
Bertus Husken asked for details on the date for the next SSTV transmissions and Kenneth Ransom reported it will be sometime in June. Questions about the awards should go to Armand Budzianowski.
The next meeting will be June 19, 2018.
June 4, 2018
September 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018
David Jordan, AA4KN
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Ken Yakamoto, JA1CJP
Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
John Spasojevich, AG9D
Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD
John Briar, KG4AKV
Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO Barrios Technology
Erik Lopez, Barrios Technology
Photo from BeachReporter Newspaper - Hermosa Beach, CA - credit: Brad Graverson
LISTING OF CURRENT ARISS PROMOTIONAL OUTLETS
- ARISS School Contact announcements by Charlie Sufana, AJ9N
- ARISS School QSO Press Releases by Dave Jordan, AA4KN
- ARISS News Releases (ANR) by Dave Jordan, AA4KN
- ARISS facebook postings by Dave Jordan, AA4KN
- ARISS Twitter postings (@ARISS_Status) by Dave Jordan, AA4KN
- ARISS Instagram by Dave Jordan, AA4KN
- ISS Research (@ISS_Research) Twitter account
- ISS HAM (@RF2Space) by Kenneth G. Ransom, N5VHO, Barrios Technologies
- AMSAT News Service (ANS) by AMSAT NA (multiple editors)
- ARISS-Europe News Letter by Gaston Bertels,
- ISS Fan Club by Alain IZ6BYY and Claudio IK1SLD
- Southgate ARC at http://www.southgatearc.org/news
- Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) at http://wp.rac.ca/category/news/
- ARISS website - www.ariss.org
- ARISS Europe website - www.ariss-eu.org
- ARISS Japan website - www.jarl.org/ariss/
- HamRadioNow website - https://www.hamradionow.tv/
- W5KUB.com - http://tmedlin.com/
- Amateur Radio Newsline - https://www.arnewsline.org/
- John Brier KG4AKV’s Space Comms You Tube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJDdMdjxwFsjdzhXQFHVk2g
- American Radio Relay League (ARRL) – www.arrl.org
A Brief Overview of Statistics for the Most Frequently Updated ARISS PR Services
ARISS Contact Press Releases
Purpose: Provides information about upcoming contacts to email lists email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number of releases sent between September 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018: 68
ARISS News Releases
Purpose: To provide information on significant ARISS-related issues to various space-related working groups, organizations and publications.
Number of releases sent between September 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018: 6
Official ARISS Twitter account - @ARISS_status
Purpose: To provide information covering current ARISS events and points of interest to the general public and news sources. Information posted by ARISS are referred to a “tweets”. Entities that sign up to receive our tweets are called Followers.
Followers added from September 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018: 1179
Total Followers at the end of April 30, 2018: 8651
ARISS Facebook Page (FB) - Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
Purpose: A current and official source of ARISS event information for the general public, incorporating a timeline format. Also includes a collection of album archives made up of photos taken at ARISS contact events from around the world including various videos.
One of the important Facebook metrics we track is referred to as our “Reach”. This is the total number of people who were shown the post through our unpaid distribution.
The Facebook Reach totals per month between September 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018 is as follows:
Another metric for Facebook posts is called “Like”. A person leaving a “Like” at your post means they enjoyed or agreed with your post.
Our number of Likes on April 30, 2018 was 2854 (an increase of 437 over the last 8 month period).
The number of followers on April 30, 2018 was 2908 (an increase of 529 over the last 8 month period).
ARISS Instagram account - ariss_int
Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and video, and share them either publicly or privately on the app as well as through other networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and Flickr.
This media tool is usually used during our special events.
ARISS Photo Highlights between September 1, 2017 and April 30, 201
and College Pierre de Fermat in Toulouse, France on November 22, 2017
From September 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018
(segments taken from Weekly PSC Reports to SCaN)
Sept 29, 2017: Paolo Nespoli, as part of the European Researcher’s Night, sent a video message via the ARISS HAM TV system on board the ISS. Those with HAM TV receiving equipment could view the transmissions directly. Those without viewed the video at http://www.batc.tv/iss/ .
A copy of the video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qLNXsT5jao .
Oct. 31, 2017: A very excited crowd were on hand to witness an ARISS contact with Asociación Civil Instituto Maria Montessori in San Cristóbel, Venezuela with Joe Acaba. An audience of 650 watched as Acaba answered 15 of the student’s questions. Media was present which included an astounding 44 regional, national and international press media representatives. This will be a day not easily forgotten by the residents of San Cristobel since it was Venezuela’s first time to host an ARISS contact
Dec. 21, 2017: Students at Taipei Municipal Ximen Elementary School in Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C., had an exciting contact with Mark Vande Hei. Mark answered all 15 of the student’s questions. It is reported an audience of about 1000 attended the contact. A total of 18 various news sources covered the event.
Jan 3, 2018: Last week, much of Morocco’s media had their cameras and microphones focused on the Higher National School of Computer Science and Systems Analysis (ENSIAS),
in their capital city Rabat as they kicked off their 25th anniversary year with an ARISS contact. An audience of 350+ watched as Mark Vande Hei engaged students in a Q & A session successfully answering their 16 questions. The media turn out was outstanding with coverage by three national TV stations along with TV stations from BBC Arabic, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and others. Several electronic journal representatives were present as well. Also attending was the Moroccan Minister of Higher Education and the Royal Moroccan Radio Amateur Association. In addition, media outlets provided translation from English to Arabic during broadcast of the event. All the excitement was captured online in real time at
March 7, 2018: Parkside Middle School in San Bruno, CA, is known in their community for having an outstanding STEM curriculum. Their school contact was covered by several media sources including the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle. View article at https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Orbiting-astronaut-talks-life-in-space-with-San-12736118.php#photo-15194365 .
Apr 11-14, 2018: In celebration of Cosmonautics Day and Yuri’s Night, ARISS Russia sponsored what turned into a very popular event. Twelve different slow scan TV (SSTV) images from the Interkosmos project of the Soviet space program era were downlinked to earth. Over 6,600 images were posted on the ARISS Gallery web site; some people used only a simple handheld VHF receiver and a smartphone running a free SSTV app. Those who downloaded and posted images could get a special certificate. Not only was the event a successful international activity, but the work was undertaken by an international ham group—the Russians set up the activity, the US managed the gallery web site and blog, and the Europeans prepared and handled the awards. The ARISS web page is: http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/ . ARISS’s Facebook page posting about the event reached 8,643 people.