September 20, 2016 1100 UTC
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
The roll call was done by Rosalie White.
Participants were asked to always interrupt the meeting if they cannot hear a speaker.
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Welcome. We will be focusing on the ARISS-International meeting plans and topics as we get closer to Houston
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO [Decisional]
Summary: Rosalie White distributed the minutes of the August ARISS-International Monthly Meeting to Delegates on September 12, 2016.
Discussion: No comments were received regarding the minutes, and Rosalie White moved to accept the report. Gaston Bertels seconded the motion. No further comments were forthcoming; the minutes were accepted and will be posted.
2. Call for Acceptance of Report on the ARISS Ad-hoc HamTV Technical Team—Gaston Bertels, ON4WF [Decisional]
Summary: The following report on the ARISS Ad-hoc HamTV Technical Team was distributed to Delegates for review on August 25, 2016.
ARISS Ad-hoc HamTV Technical Team report - September 2016
HamTV Technical Team (HTT) is an ad hoc ARISS working group, dedicated to development and use of DATV on board Columbus. The group meets weekly per web conference. Average number of participants is ten. Topics discussed presently are:
- Status of Ham Video ground stations
- Blank transmissions and use by astronauts
- Setting up working groups on main topics:
- Antennas and antenna feeds
- Tracking and rotor systems
- Tracking software
- Receiving and decoding software
- Down converters
- RF filters.
- Writing a Ham TV Manual for ground stations
A few BATC Ham TV receivers will be assembled by Ciaran Morgan M0XTD.
Jean-Pierre Courjaud F6DZP is working on an upgraded Ham TV receiver which will operate without downconverter.
Moreover, a project is discussed for an on board L-Band HamTV receiver
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, Moderator
Discussion: There was no discussion. Keigo Komuro moved to accept the report. Emanuele D’Andria seconded the motion. No further comments were forthcoming; the report was accepted and will be part of the official minutes.
3. Call for Acceptance of ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee—Mark Steiner, K3MS [Decisional]
Summary: The following report on the ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee was distributed to Delegates for review on August 28, 2016.
1) Evaluate all proposals for new equipment and systems for ARISS and provide recommendations to ARISS-I
2) Provide technical support to development teams for all systems under development
3) Assess current onboard systems and provide recommendations to ARISS-I for maintenance, replacement or new capabilities
1) General-- In February 2016, Mark Steiner, chair of the ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee (ARISS-I TES), had to recuse himself from participation in ARISS activity because of the Space Act Agreement (SAA) between NASA and AMSAT-NA until he retired from NASA in mid-June 2016. He is now back, and in the process of determining the current status of ARISS technical development efforts and getting back into leading the ARISS-I TES Committee.
2) Hardware development efforts-- Interoperable Radio System: The design team is preparing for a Preliminary Design Review in mid-September 2016 and a Phase 0 Safety Review in the following month.
3) Proposals-- The ARISS-I TES Committee did not receive any proposals since February 2016. AMSAT Italy members are continuously working with Kayser Italia on HAMTV Plus hardware but nothing has been presented yet to the committee for evaluation and recommendation to the ARISS-I delegates.
Mark Steiner, K3MS, ARISS-I TES Chair
Discussion: There was no discussion. Graham Shirville moved to accept the report. Gaston Bertels seconded the motion. No further comments were given; the report was accepted and will be part of the official minutes.
4. Call for Acceptance of ARISS-International PR Committee—Dave Jordan, AA4KN[Decisional]
Summary: The report on the ARISS-International PR Committee was distributed to Delegates for review on September 6, 2016.
Discussion: There was no discussion. Keigo Komuro moved to accept the report. Rosalie White seconded the motion. No further comments were forthcoming; the report was accepted and will be part of the official minutes.
5. Update: Houston ARISS-International Meeting—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO[Informational]
Summary: More information will be shared about the Houston ARISS-International Meeting and any questions will be answered.
Discussion: Frank Bauer gave a review of the draft agenda for each day. He had sent a tentative agenda to everyone on September 19, 2016. The tour of Johnson Space Center will be on Monday and covers many areas including the historic Apollo Mission Control Center, ISS Mission Control Center, and ISS simulators.
As mentioned previously, there will be some plenaries and much of the meeting is broken into three sessions. Two of these break-out sessions will always run at the same time. As the ARISS team reviews the draft agenda, if estimated times are too long or too short or if a topic isn’t listed correctly, send an email to Frank Bauer and Rosalie White. It is critically important that we receive all comments on the meeting agenda as soon as possible. Please review and provide your comments.
There will be informal discussions at breakfast so it is hoped all attendees will be staying at the Hampton Inn with the special ARISS room rate. The team must arrive promptly at the ISS Conference Facility due to the short hours the facility is open. With all team members staying at the hotel it will allow easier arrangement of transportation.
Region reports and committee reports are being handled similar to how meeting telecon reports are handled—those responsible will submit their reports a month early so that all team members can review reports prior to coming to Houston. PLEASE NOTE: This means the deadline is October 13.
We are planning 15-minute summaries of each break-out session following the closing of each session.
At the end of each day, all team members will need to move fast to get ready to leave the building. Building staff are strict about the time the doors are locked!
Reserve hotel rooms now before the hotel is booked! Room reservations can be cancelled 48 hours prior to planned arrival if needed, even up to 25 hours prior to planned arrival. If needed, the hotel offers rollaway beds to add to rooms, or rooms with a sofa that has a bed, but if team members don’t reserve early, the hotel may run out of rollaway beds or sofa beds.
If team members have difficulty reserving at the ARISS rate of 99 USD plus taxes, please email Rosalie White and Frank Bauer. The link for the hotel is:
Kenneth Ransom reported that the crews’ schedules are getting fuller with the astronauts being very busy doing more and more ISS research. Recently, Kate Rubins requested a reduction in her support level of ARISS with contacts only on the weekend. The team is working on this. Takuya Onishi will take some of Kate’s scheduled schools during the week. Also. the Soyuz developed an issue and that delayed the launch bringing Robert Kimbrough to the ISS.
Kenneth Ransom discussed crew operations for 2018 with situations where there may be no astronaut available to support ARISS ops in the US segment for longer than expected periods of time. Depending upon crew licensing and crew availability, this could extend as long as from the end of February to early June. Kenneth and others are aggressively working this issue. weeks.
Our next meeting will be October 18, 2016.
Rosalie White, K1STO