Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 1115 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Unable to attend:
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
1. ARISS Event Webcasting—Gianpietro Ferrario IZ2GOJ
At the ESTEC meeting earlier this year, Gianpietro presented a talk on ARISS events that his team webcasts. ESTEC attendees felt that the whole ARISS team would benefit from Gianpietro’s information. Rosalie asked him to prepare a review for the August international telecon. Gianpietro developed a short Power Point document of his presentation; please find it at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ad9u77voogdtxim/webcast_ariss_august14.pptx
Gianpietro wants to develop a common platform (software and hardware) for any ARISS team, in order to facilitate the following things he has listed:
- Easy webcast ARISS events from schools, even if people on site are not experienced
- Involve at school the largest amount of students, even if in the event room they’re not able to host all of them in person
- Involve other schools/students from far away
- Spreading the ARISS project awareness maximally (HAM community, etc.)
- Useful for ham radio groups potentially interested in the ARISS project but not informed on how to conduct an event
- Advantages of a dedicated platform:
- No need for a dedicated PC
- Plug and play, just connect camera, network and audio plugs
- Very easy and cheap configuration (less than € 100)
Gianpietro’s system could be very useful for HamVideo contacts, and for when video is to be streamed. He has had success using the Raspberry Pi board although other single-board computers can be used. Gianpietro noted that a one 1 Gigabyte SD card is all that is required to configure the Raspberry Pi. A separate computer is all that is needed to set up the Raspberry Pi configuration via the SD card.
Currently, the U-Stream video protocol is being used by Gianpietro (for information on U-Stream, go to: http://www.ustream.tv/). He is thinking about creating a unique ARISS account on U-Stream if that is useful. However, the BATC server currently uses a different video protocol, so a little work is required to adapt the Raspberry Pi for the BATC server.
Gianpietro asked for suggestions and ideas, and invited others from all ARISS Regions’ teams to work with him to continue to improve the design and then share it with the ARISS team. They could test it and then help in getting it deployed into schools.
His presentation was well-received by telecon attendees. Frank asked Delegates to do two things: 1) ARISS Delegates should find volunteers to Beta test the system and/or provide suggestions for improvement, 2) ARISS Delegates in ARISS Regions whose teams are interested in webcasting should find volunteers to help deploy the system in schools.
Rosalie will send an email to all ARISS-I Delegates to request that they name a representative to work with Gianpietro to further the effort. Dave will set up a time for Gianpietro to give his presentation and share his information at an upcoming ARISS Ops telecon.
2. Strategies for Revising ARISS TORs—Gaston Bertels, ON4HF
At our meeting in ESTEC in April, Gaston planned to give a presentation on revising ARISS TORs, but not all scheduled talks were presented due to lack of time. We agreed to discuss these talks during our telecon meetings. Rosalie asked him to prepare a summary for the August international telecon.
Gaston has reviewed all of the ARISS TORs (Terms of Reference). He reported that none of the TORs needed any fundamental changes. Only updates are needed to a few areas, and Gaston listed these updates for us. The delegates agreed with Gaston. He will send a list of the changes to Rosalie and he will also send the updated TOR, and she will forward the email to the delegates to review. If there are no objections, the updated TOR can be posted. Also, delegates can review the TOR for any other section they would like to discuss.
3. ARISS-US Organizational Changes within NASA—Frank Bauer,
As reported earlier, as of August 31, 2014, funding is no longer available from NASA Headquarters Education Office to give to NASA Johnson Space Center’s Teaching From Space office for supporting ARISS. However, Frank and the team worked with various parts of NASA to procure our needed funding. Lengthy discussions were held with SCaN (Space Communications and Navigation) at NASA Hq, with the ISS Program Office at Johnson Space Center, and with CASIS (the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space). SCaN has now contributed funding to support part of Kenneth’s tasks. The ISS Program Office, that supported ARISS in past years, is very interested in supporting us again. We were invited to submit a proposal for funding to CASIS, which is part of the ISS National Lab’s education arm. Frank led the team in submitting a proposal to CASIS.
With no funding for ARISS from Johnson Space Center’s Teaching From Space office, Trinesha Dixon will no longer be able to work with us. We will miss Trinesha greatly, appreciate all she has done with us, and hope to someday work with her again.
The funding changes will affect ARISS is some small ways. ARRL and AMSAT will take over the proposal solicitations for the US; this change was already planned some months ago, anyway. We will aim to continue to send ARISS information to thousands of educators. The US team will be learning whether some priorities for ARISS may change. For instance, SCaN is responsible for communications onboard the ISS, and would like some of their materials about the ISS communications systems to be introduced to students and educators. The US team feels this would fit very well with our team’s goals.
4. ARISS-I Operations Status—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
School contacts continue to be successful around the world. Sergey has reported that the re-programming of the D-700 was unsuccessful. The team continues to try to determine why the re-programming did not work.
There will be no licensed crew member onboard the US side of the ISS for several weeks (from mid-November to mid-December), but Russian school contacts will be scheduled at that time.
5. Ham TV & CW Beacon—Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
The ground systems developed by Kayser-Italia have arrived in Ireland (Irish Space Agency); Lisbon, Portugal; and Kolo, Poland. These ground systems will handle descending passes.
The first live test is planned for September with a contact for Gymnasium Siegburg Alleestraße, Siegburg, Germany.
Kenneth has been trained on HamTV operations at the European Astronaut Center.
Art Towslee is developing the slide show module for ESA to consider, which might be developed into a flight unit. Gaston is considering what ESA group would be the best one to ask for a meeting about the module.
Frank was pleased to hear that the ISS Program Office is interested in Ham TV.
Frank is happy with the progress being made on the new initiatives that were introduced during the April meeting at ESTEC. A thank you goes to everyone who is working so hard on all of these things.
Our next meeting will be 16 September 2014.