Tuesday, 19 November 2013 12:15 UTC
Maurice André Vigneault
Francesco De Paolis
ARISS I Agenda:
Roll Call — Rosalie White, K1STO
1. Operations/Hardware Status Update—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
The Ericsson radio is working although we have intermittent issues that appear to be dependent on attitude and orbit trajectory of the ISS, along with the location of the particular ground station.
The D-700 has had some problems, and we have not heard if the issues were resolved.
Packet from the Ericsson has been operational.
2. Update on CW-Beacon proposal – Lou
Lou reported that there is no update on this. We are waiting to hear from Kaiser-Italia about the issue of the unusual connector that is required.
The L-band receiver is ordered, and Lou’s team hopes to test it soon.
3. Update for Ham TV—Lou McFadin, W5DID; Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Lou recounted that the DATV system is on board the ISS. ESA and NASA are in discussions regarding the flight rules on who will be able to operate the equipment, and about the commissioning plan. While these discussions were taking place, the November window of opportunity closed for participation by the Matera staff. The December window of opportunity is during the Matera staff holidays, and it would not be fair to ask if they could work during their holiday. The next opportunity with Matera would be 6 weeks after that. Oliver said that some of the European Space Agency management people in the education office – those who were new to the staff in the past few months – are not very familiar with ARISS educational activities, and want to know prior to the testing, the reasons why ARISS’s educational outcomes would be enhanced over what the outcomes are right now. Gaston is finding ways to get support from the education office and also from the crew.
4. Update on Russian school/youth contacts—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Sergey could not attend today.
5. Update on 2014 ARISS-International Meeting—reminder: by Nov 15 you were to submit discussion topics (strategic long-term issues, visions for the future) —Frank Bauer, KA3HDO; Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Frank, Oliver, and Rosalie have received some suggestions for discussions at the spring 2014 ARISS International In-person Meeting. Send your input now! We need to determine what topics we will discuss so that it will help us determine who from space agencies to invite.
Keigo had asked if the delegates should invite space agency staff to attend our 2014 meeting at ESTEC, and the answer is yes. It would help ARISS tremendously if team members could invite staff from the various ISS partner space agencies and help them understand why it would be useful to them to attend our meeting. The US team asked NASA quite some time ago. ESA staff will be there. Keigo and Masanobu have discussed the best ways to invite people from JAXA, and talked about what to say when inviting them.
When inviting space agency staff, we can talk about why it is important to discuss updating and solidifying, or setting up, agreements with the space agencies. ARISS has changed with time, so agreements need to change – first, we were able to get approval for an amateur radio station to be in the Columbus module. Then we got approval for having DATV on the Columbus module. Oliver said when he speaks with space agency staff, he finds a way to include in the discussion that amateur radio and ARISS are similar to social media like Twitter and Facebook. He includes this in the conversation because the space agencies have learned that these avenues of communication with constituents are very important to the agencies. Also, amateur radio communications could be a personable outlet for crew members.
We need to ensure that currently existing agreements are known by as many departments within space agencies as possible, and that the agreements are understood by space agency staff. We always have the problem of staff members who know about ARISS, but move to a new job, and then we have to re-educate the new people about ARISS.
Our team needs to think about how best to communicate with and educate all astronauts in regard to ARISS and its educational outcomes. At ESTEC, we can discuss how we might have a meeting for groups of astronauts to present an overview of ARISS and education.
Gaston suggested several dates in April (3 & 4 and 10 & 11) for ESTEC. One change would be to meet on Thursday and Friday instead of Friday and Saturday because meeting at ESA on a Saturday sometimes presents logistical challenges.
Oliver asked everyone who knows right now that he or she will definitely be attending, to send an email to Oliver. He needs to get an idea of what hotel to find that will have enough rooms for us. If you know you will definitely attend the meeting, please send an email to Oliver.
6. New Business
Well wishes were given to Graham Shirville and his team on FUNcube and the many CubeSats being prepared for launch!
1. New Business
Our next meeting will be 17 December 2013.
Rosalie White, K1STO
November 29, 2013