ARISS International Delegates Meeting Minutes
20-23 August, 2015
Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan
In Attendance at the Meeting:
Oliver Amend, DG6BCE—ARISS-I Vice Chair
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO—ARISS-I Chair
Emanuele D’Andria, I0ELE—ARISS Delegate
Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF
Yoshio Fukuda, JAXA Tour Leader
Hideshi Kagawa, JAXA
Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ
Keigo Komuro, JA1KAB—ARISS Delegate Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD
Ian MacFarquhar, VE9ATV–ARISS Delegate
Lou McFadin, W5DID
Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD
Mikio Mouri, JA3GEP
Keith Pugh, W5IU
Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO
Rick Roderick, K5UR—ARRL First Vice President
Sergey Samburov, RV3DR—ARISS Delegate
Mark Steiner, K3MS
Hozumi Ueda, JA0FKM
Stefan Wagener, VE4NSA—ARISS Delegate
Rosalie White, K1STO—ARISS-I Secretary/Treasurer & ARISS Delegate
Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP
Satoshi Yasuda, 7M3TJZ
JVC Kenwood Representatives:
Remotely Tied In to the Meeting:
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Armand Budzianowski, SP3QFE
Bertus Husken, PE1KEH
Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI
Dave Taylor, W8AAS
Day 1, Thursday, 20 August 2015, Plenary Session
- Plenary Meeting Opening and Welcome
1.a. Plenary Meeting Opening—Frank Bauer,KA3HDO
ARISS Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, greeted everyone and acknowledged Keigo Komuro, JA1KAB, the ARISS Delegate from Japan and our meeting host.
1.b. Host Welcome—Keigo Komuro, JA1KAB
Keigo Komuro welcomed everyone to his country and to our ARISS-International Delegates Meeting. He was pleased to be able to have Japan host the meeting and for ARISS team members to participate in a few parts of the Japan Amateur Radio League’s (JARL) 90th Anniversary Celebration. He turned over the meeting to Frank who thanked Keigo for handling all of the work that needed to be done to host the team for our face to face meeting.
Frank expressed appreciation to JARL for everything the organization did to leverage a fine meeting for ARISS.
1.c. ARRL First Vice President Remarks—Rick Roderick, K5UR
Frank introduced Rick Roderick, K5UR, the ARRL First Vice President, and welcomed him to our meeting.
Rick commented that he has always been interested in ARISS and what the team does. He was happy to be able to attend our ARISS Delegates Meeting, and said the work the ARISS Team does is very important to Amateur Radio. Rick stated that ARISS causes some youth to develop an interest in amateur radio and some to develop an interest in technology. He made radio contact with the astronauts on space shuttles and recorded one. His wife is a schoolteacher and has taken the recording into her classrooms for students to hear. They were astounded to hear the recording and were excited, and they were amazed to learn that a ham radio operator and students can make radio contacts with astronauts in space.
Rick also commented on how ARISS and Amateur Radio have no international boundaries—we are one family. He congratulated the team on its good work and hoped we would continue.
1.d. Review of Agenda and Formal Adoption—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
A quick review of the meeting agenda was done by Frank, and all Delegates voted to approve the agenda. REFER TO FILE 1.d.
Frank read a list of meeting participants from each ARISS Region—ARISS-Canada, ARISS-Europe, ARISS-Japan, ARISS-Russia, and ARISS-United States. Team members who were participating remotely via AnyMeeting, or would be tied in to later parts of the meeting, were Gaston Bertels, ON4WF; Dave Taylor, W8AAS: Bertus Husken, PE1KEH; Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI; and Armand Budzianowski, SP3QFE. Frank asked all meeting attendees to give their name, call sign, and a quick introduction. REFER TO POWERPOINT 1.d.
Frank dedicated the meeting to team members who became Silent Keys in the past year, Max Canepa, IW1CNF, ARISS-Europe team member and IK1SLD telebridge technician; and Nick Lance, KC5KBO, ARISS-US team member who was the primary astronaut trainer, helping them to earn an amateur radio license. Max and Nick are greatly missed. REFER TO POWERPOINT 1.e.
2. Welcome & Overview of the JAXA Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration Program—Mr. Hideshi Kagawa, JAXA Propulsion Engineering Group
2.a. The first major presentation given at the meeting was one by Mr. Hideshi Kagawa from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), who was welcomed by the ARISS team. His presentation was on the JAXA initiative to launch and deploy small satellites and technology payloads – and involve students – using the Japanese low-cost Epsilon launcher. One of JAXA’s objectives is for students to be a big part of this satellite program including having students participate in the launch of microsatellites. The team thanked Mr. Kagawa for coming to our meeting and for speaking to us about this JAXA program. REFER TO REPORT 2.
2.b. ARISS Presentation of Montage to JAXA—ARISS Officers
Meeting attendees thanked Mr. Kagawa for coming to our meeting and for giving his presentation on JAXA’s new program. To express the ARISS team’s appreciation for JAXA, a large photo montage was presented to Mr. Kagawa for sharing at JAXA.
Frank mentioned that on the previous day, 19 August, he and Keigo were able to meet with Dr. Mamoru Mohri at his office in the Tokyo Bay area, thanks to Keigo’s excellent efforts of the previous week. Dr. Mohri is Japan’s first astronaut. He was on STS-47 and STS-99, and operated the SAREX radio with his call sign 7L2NJY on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in September 1992. Presently he is Chief Executive Director of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan). He and Keigo had met in the 1990s, and they recollected some interesting earlier times. Dr. Mohri has many acquaintances in the space field and such ties could be good for ARISS.
- Follow-up Discussions regarding ARISS Region Reports and ARISS-International Committee Reports—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Delegates were asked to vote to accept by acclamation all of the ARISS Region Reports. REFER TO REPORTS 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 3.d, 3.e.
The delegates were asked to also vote to accept by acclamation the ARISS-International PR Committee Report and the ARSS-International Operations Committee Reports. REFER TO REPORT 3.f, 3.g, 3.h.
Delegates voted unanimously to accept these reports. Acceptance of the ARISS-International Project Selection & Use Committee Report was held in abeyance because of comments and questions from delegates. REFER TO REPORT 3.i.
Rosalie White, K1STO, explained that the ARISS Board had asked particular team members to write special information reports, and we thank those particular authors for complying. These reports were very informational for everyone. Some of the reports were not to be discussed at the meeting unless there was extra time—these important reports included:
- ARISS as a back-up emergency communications system for the ISS, written by Mark Steiner, K3MS
- A thank you to the cosmonauts for recently handling US school contacts, and a discussion piece on needing crew members to talk to schools all over the world, not just schools in their ARISS Region, written by Keith Pugh, W5IU
- How to get the attention of, and an invitation to talk to, very important people and groups—and how this can be very advantageous for ARISS, such as how Gaston Bertels spoke a number of times about ARISS to the European Parliament, written by Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, and
- ARISS HAMTV Receiving Filters, written by Kerry Banke, N6IZW.
Rosalie said everyone should read all of these reports because of their importance. REFER TO REPORTS 3.j, 3.k., 3.l, 3.m.
Rosalie apologized for filling team members’ Inboxes with many emails, sending some reports one at a time or three reports at a time. Sending them this way was meant to make it more likely that you would read them versus having all reports available at once.
A hello message from Debra Johnson at ARRL Headquarters was relayed by Rosalie. Debra could not attend but hopes to be at our next meeting. She supplied two files on audience totals for past ARISS contacts. REFER TO FILE 3.a, FILE 3.b.
- ARISS-International Sustainability and Funding Committee Presentation—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank gave his report on the ARISS-International Sustainability and Funding Committee. He talked about why our sponsors support us, reminding us that NASA Headquarters’ Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) organization, a current NASA sponsor, funds ARISS because of our ability to handle back-up communications for the ISS. SCaN is responsible for communications and navigation functions on the ISS. Their mandate is not education as with our former sponsor, Teaching From Space; SCaN’s mandate is communications oriented. We have always been a back-up communications capability for NASA, and the ARISS-US team will be highlighting those communications capabilities in support of SCaN. Given these sponsorship changes, and as there are sensitivities with who in NASA is responsible for education projects, we need to be careful to word our messages to stress backup communications and also, outreach to the general public. ARISS has always been a multi-faceted capability, including education and public outreach, experimentation, and backup communications. For our sponsor, SCaN, our public outreach, experimentation, and backup communications are the priorities.
As part of our sustainability and funding efforts, the ARISS-US team is working closely with the ISS Utilization non-profit organization, CASIS (Center for Advancement of Science in Space). CASIS is guiding the ARISS-US team in ways to garner corporate sponsors that can donate funds to ARISS, and in ways to develop proposals to receive grants from foundations that might support ARISS.
The ARISS US team is also working to develop key Space Act Agreements (the type of memorandum of understanding that NASA uses). These will be used to move corporate donations from ARISS (through AMSAT-NA) into NASA for supporting our operations responsibilities. Frank presented a proposed yearly budget for ARISS that also delineates where donation funding is needed.
Oliver Amend discussed how DARC, the German IARU society, said ARISS needed to be an entity of some type before DARC could give a donation. The DLR (German Aerospace Center) couldn’t give a donation because we are not a DLR project; we need a tie to their projects.
Rick Roderick felt that a grass-roots fundraising effort within the amateur radio community could be successful. Frank explained about the new ARISS Challenge Coin campaign that the US team is ramping up. He passed around the coin for people to see.
Rosalie commented that for every fundraising campaign we try, we must be transparent and communicate how the money will be handled and what we will spend it on.
Frank was asked what process is followed if an organization wants to provide donations to ARISS. Rosalie explained that in the US, money donated to ARISS is handled by AMSAT-NA, and that ARRL was pleased that AMSAT-NA was willing to do so. For funding that needs to be transferred to NASA for the ARISS operations contract, Frank said this is why the US team is working on developing the Space Act Agreements with NASA. The Space Act Agreement will describe the ARISS-NASA relationship (who ARISS is and what we do) and will establish the relationship such that money can be transferred from AMSAT-NA to NASA for the ARISS operations contract.
It was asked how AMSAT-NA would keep track of ARISS donations. Frank described that all ARISS donations are accounted for separately from other AMSAT activities. There will be accounting by specific line items, and money would go into these special accounts. If a donor specifies what ARISS activity their donation supports (e.g. hardware, operations, ARISS-general), the donation will be used exclusively for that cause.
Frank said that the number one need in our budget is the money that covers the team that fulfills ARISS’s operational tasks—Kenneth Ransom’s day-to-day duties, the very expensive costs to fly our equipment to the ISS, and among many other things, telecom services and translation services for our teleconference meetings.
A discussion began about our objectives, which ones are important to have and retain and what would happen if some objectives were dropped. The committee needs to hold strategic planning sessions that will help ARISS-I develop short- and long-term plans.
It was asked if one of our objectives could be to talk to crew members about getting on the air for general contacts. Kenneth reported that some astronauts are highly enthusiastic about getting on the air to talk to students, but are not as excited about talking to hams in general. The reason for this is most likely because of the pile-ups that occur when an astronaut gets on the air—pile-ups are very intimidating. Rosalie said that this is no different from any other ham radio operator who has not had on-the-air experience with pile-ups and is intimidated. REFER TO REPORT 4.
- ARISS Officers, ARISS Delegates, ARISS-International Committees and ARISS ad hoc committees, ARUSS team members—Rosalie White, K1STO
Rosalie White gave a report on the structure of ARISS, starting with the ARISS Officers (the Board), ARISS Delegates, ARISS-International Committees, ARISS Ad hoc Committees (committees that are established by an ARISS Chair), and ARISS team members.
Rosalie proposed to delete the ARISS-International Administrative Committee that was set up years ago because it is the same thing as the Board, which are the ARISS Officers.
She proposed a motion to dissolve the ARISS-International Technical Committee since it has the same members and the same duties as the ARISS-International Project Selection and Use Committee. Stefan Wagener made the motion. A discussion continued on a new name for the ARISS-International Project Selection and Use Committee, and so the motion, brought forth by Stefan was tabled. REFER TO REPORT 5.
- Overview of US Segment (COL) System Upgrades (Detailed Discussions to be done in Technical Meeting)—Mark Steiner, K3MS
Mark Steiner began this discussion topic by explaining the need for an interoperable radio system for the US Segment and the Russian Segment. This would allow our radio systems (in whole or in parts) to be interchangeable across the ISS. He covered several proposed concepts that were reviewed by the ARISS-International Project Selection and Use Committee, whose members also helped develop some of the concepts.
Mark said that parallel teams are needed to work on hardware and software projects that we might want to pursue because there are not enough people on the committee. He talked about the review of the submission guidelines and said the team had revised them. REFER TO REPORT 6.c.
Also, we need money to continue. Hardware projects give the team something to point to during fund-raising campaigns. ARISS needs to have goals and a time frame for each project. In about one year, CNES funding may be a consideration for some hardware. More information from the ARISS-International Project Selection & Use Committee reports and a HAMTV Update are to be further discussed. REFER TO POWERPOINT 6. and REPORT 6.
6.a. Interoperable Radio System/Kenwood D710 Project—Mark Steiner, K3MS
Mark explained that the major pieces of the interoperable radio system are the Kenwood D710 and the power supply that would power all of the ARISS equipment in the Columbus Module. The team would minimize volume and upmass, as there is a continuing problem of too much equipment onboard the ISS in general. REFER TO POWERPOINT 6.a, REPORT 6.a, and REPORT 6aa.
6.b. Astro-Pi Project—Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD
An overview was given of a possible ARISS partnership with the Raspberry Pi Foundation and steps that have been taken by the Foundation and Ciaran Morgan on behalf of the RSGB and AMSAT-UK. There are many interesting and exciting aspects on multiple fronts that would make such a partnership a very desirable thing for ARISS. REFER TO REPORT 6.b.
6.c. ARISS-International Project Selection & Use Committee Proposal Status—Mark Steiner, K3MS
Mark reviewed what work was done by the ARISS-International Project Selection & Use Committee, their findings on each of the concepts, and what the committee is recommending. He stated that ARISS Delegates will be asked to approve the following proposals.
- The Revised Submission Guidelines. REFER TO REPORT 6.c.
- The continuing of the study of the possible use of AstroPi based on 1 through 6 in Ciaran’s report, which describes the specific steps that were investigated to propose for later approval, as follows:
- Identification of agreement that the AstroPi units on orbit with Tim Peake may be re-used by ARISS to prove the SlideShow System. This may include the opportunity to re-use the AstroPi whilst Peake is in orbit or after he has departed the ISS.
- Agreement to upmass the necessary connecting cable and micro SD card containing the ARISS SlideShow system.
- Development/Agreement on how to establish the safety case for the connection of two individually certified items of equipment that exist only on orbit.
- Resolution of specific technical issues encountered by the ARISS SlideShow team concerning the Raspberry Pi.
- Early, on-orbit, validation of the SlideShow software.
- Identifying and proposing a route to a network connection to a Raspberry Pi whilst on orbit.
- The Interoperable Radio System Upgrade -- an Interoperable Radio System Upgrade to replace the Ericsson radio in the Columbus Module with a Kenwood D710, providing proper power supplies, and providing interoperability across the whole ISS (Russian and US segments)—depending on finding a funding source.
- The Ham Slide Show -- a stand-alone Ham TV Slide Show module based on ASTRO PI, by Art Towslee.
6.d. HAMTV Update—Emanuele D’Andria, I0ELE
Emanuele D’Andria reviewed the recent past and the current status of HAMTV, explaining more about the blank transmissions. His overview covered a number of facets including a ground segment report, HAMTV improvements, and Tutioune software, and he played a recording of a European newscast about HAMTV. REFER TO FOLDER 6.d.
A more technical report was on the agenda for later in the meeting.
Frank thanked Emanuele for the presentation. Emanuele said his team was not knowledgeable about what the ARISS-International Project Selection and Use Committee had been working on, including the Raspberry Pi project, and he asked when the committee had held meetings. He noted that the ARISS-International Project Selection and Use Committee report had no mention of the HAMTV Technical Committee.
Mark explained that the committee meets only when a proposal is received, and none had been received for over a year, and then three were received in early August. Mark said the ARISS-International Project Selection and Use Committee members are to: receive and study proposals, develop concepts as options, and will often do the hardware and software work.
Frank said the HAMTV Technical Team, an ad hoc committee, and the ARISS-International Project Selection and Use Committee had worked hard and had produced many good results.
Delegates agreed that ARISS-International Committees and ARISS ad hoc committees should report more often. Delegates did not feel committee activity had to be closely coordinated, per the last bullet item in Emanuele’s report, but definitely agreed that it would be useful for each committee ad hoc committee to be asked on a periodic basis to present a status report. The Board will determine the frequency.
Frank reminded everyone that when Rosalie sends requests each month for agenda items, any delegate can request a status report from any committee.
Frank stated that ARISS’s biggest hurdles to having equipment onboard the ISS are the cost of certification of everything in the system, and the cost of finding a launch. The committee studies the possibilities for overcoming these two things, plus the times needed to get each item ready for a launch.
Emanuele suggested that information on the projects being studied by the ARISS-International Project Selection and Use Committee needed to be brought to the Delegates sooner. Oliver explained that it is difficult to know when to bring something to the ARISS-International Project Selection and Use Committee and then to Delegates, because it could be early enough that we later learn we cannot take advantage of a launch opportunity, or it could be too late to move forward fast enough with an opportunity or an offer for a few free resources.
It was felt that for the Nespoli mission, a team needed to develop ideas on education projects to bring to the Delegates, maybe ideas for HAMTV projects, maybe Raspberry Pi projects. Emanuele explained that AMSAT-Italia can improve HAMTV with a slide show if they leverage Nespoli and possibly get ESA funding. AMSAT-Italia could put together such a plan that includes education and have it reviewed by the ARISS-International Project Selection and Use Committee and the ARISS-International Operations Team, and then get ARISS Delegates’ approval.
Frank suggested that the ARISS HAMTV Technical Ad hoc Committee, maybe with other team members who are especially interested in education, could begin planning a concept for Nespoli, possibly the slide show or some other project. Frank stated that this committee should report once a month at telecon meetings. Emanuele said while our group is in Tokyo, a meeting could be held to talk about the committee.
Oliver said that we should have dedicated person(s) from the ARISS-Europe team named to communicate with each European Space Agency (i.e., ESA, but also CNES, DLR, UKSA, ASI). The same idea applies to the ARISS-International team (i.e., having contacts with NASA, JAXA, CSA, RSA). The agencies will then know who and what ARISS is, and we can talk with agency staff to better “market” ARISS. For instance, we can explain that we work with students AND we have high level experiments. We would have better influence with an agency if one person communicates on a regular basis. Having our point of contact known at each agency would also prevent a non-ARISS group from slipping in with a project that we know nothing about and do not want because of potential problems, including making sure all projects follow amateur radio regulations. Contact would need to be made with the agency more than once a year because people at the space agencies can change jobs, and we have to educate the new people about ARISS.
Frank reminded us that it will soon be 20 years ago that our international group came into existence because a space agency (NASA) asked that the international amateur radio societies develop one worldwide team to be responsible for development and operation of all amateur radio systems on ISS. That team was formed, and called itself ARISS.
- Overview of Russian Segment (RS) Activities and Upgrades—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR & Tatiana Kolmykova
7.a. Recent Educational Activities
Sergey Samburov and Tatiana Kolmykova described activity in the past year regarding the Gagarin from Space program where students experimented with reception of SSTV images and characteristics of those transmitted signals. Photos were shown from world venues and Russia where they were able to highlight ARISS. REFER TO REPORT 7.a.
Other educational activities were done at Tatiana’s school and other Russian schools including Kursk, where Sergey hopes we can visit in conjunction with having an ARISS Meeting in Russia. Frank reminded the team that next year represents the 20th anniversary of our first (inaugural) meeting. This was held at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He suggested that ARISS consider holding its next face to face meeting in Houston in 2016 and suggested that we conduct a hardware technical interchange meeting at Kursk in the spring of 2016 so we can discuss educational opportunities for students through the development of CubeSats and follow-on SuitsSats and ARISSats. These would be deployed from the ISS. Sergey agreed to this plan.
7.b. Planned Hardware Development from ARISS-Russia—Sergey Samburov
Sergey Samburov compiled a presentation on hardware and discussed various aspects of it.
7.c. International Expansion & Planning of SSTV from the Russian Segment—Sergey Samburov
Sergey Samburov gave details of recent SSTV activity from the modules in the Russian Segment (RS). He discussed his ideas for international expansion and planning of SSTV. He showed images of all of the SSTV special events of the recent past. REFER TO REPORT 7.c.
The meeting was adjourned for the day, to go to dinner, which was generously hosted by Keigo Komuro.
Day 2, Friday 21 August 2015, Plenary Session
Plenary Meeting Opening—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
- School Selection and Regional Scheduling Procedures
8.a. ARISS-International Educational Outreach/School Selection Committee--Restructuring—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO & Stefan Wagener, VE4SW
Frank has been the Chair of this committee for several years. He took a hands-off approach with committee members. He did this partly because the committee worked quite well on their own within their own ARISS Regions, and partly because he had very limited time to participate.
Frank turned over the committee chair position to Stefan, though Frank will stay on the committee as the ARISS-US committee member.
Some initial work had begun on the committee’s terms of reference, which have been out of date for a few years. A more active effort to review and update the document will be one of Stefan’s first tasks. REFER TO REPORT 8.a.
8.b. Europe/Euroschools—Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF
Francesco De Paolis detailed the new process ARISS-Europe is using to accept proposals during certain windows (time frames). This is called EuroSchools. He indicated that the new process is working well. He said the hope is to see improvement in the quality of the educational activities being done by schools. REFER TO REPORT 8.b and POWERPOINT 8.b and 8bb.
8.c. USA—Rosalie White, K1STO
Rosalie presented an update on the US proposal process and how it is working at this time. The US team had to take on many aspects of the proposal process after NASA funding was no longer available. The team used this loss as an opportunity to change the process to improve our educational outcomes from the schools and to improve the schools’ interactions with our outstanding ARISS Technical Mentors. REFER TO REPORT 8.c.
Stefan asked about scoring of schools’ and education groups’ proposals. Rosalie explained a little about the scoring rubric the team uses, and she will send the rubric to him.
- Tim Peake Mission—Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD
The UK Space Agency reported that Astronaut Tim Peake had said he wants to work with ARISS to talk to a minimum of three schools, hopefully more from all over the world. Ciaran is coordinating a great deal of work by volunteers of the new ARISS UK team. They have found many excellent educational activities and educational venues to tie in to ARISS. The team will be very busy between now and the date that Tim flies. REFER TO REPORT 9.
- Status Reports: Space Agency Coordination and Support
10.a. ESA—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Oliver Amend shared his portion of the ARISS-Europe Report about support from ESA for ARISS. He said the person in charge of educational outreach at the space agency in France, CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales), had participated in an ARISS school contact. She was very impressed. After the contact she promised to look at how to give help and support to ARISS for the upgrading of ARISS equipment on Columbus. The ARISS team quickly wrote a report describing what was needed for the hardware upgrade, and this report was submitted to ESA’s ISS Infrastructure Division. The head of the ISS In-orbit Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations Section will examine the possibility of offering to ARISS a permanent 28 VDC power source for Columbus. REFER TO REPOTT 3.b.
10.b. NASA—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank reviewed how the ARISS-US team’s partnerships, roles and responsibilities, including financial roles, have significantly changed and are continuing to evolve. He listed many ways ARISS receives support from NASA through the ISS Program Office, SCaN (NASA Space Communication and Navigation), and CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space). His Power Point report shows all of the aspects in which NASA resources benefit ARISS. REFER TO REPORT 10.b.
10.c. RSA/Energia—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Sergey discussed Energia’s great interest in the Gagarin from Space project and the potential for other SSTV activities.
10.d. CSA—Stefan Wagener, VE4SW and Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM
Stefan Wagener and Ian MacFarquhar have no connection into the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) at this point but they have been talking and are planning on engaging CSA in the short term future. The agency no longer has a dedicated education office. CSA has renewed their commitment, however, to continue funding the ISS. In its document on plans and priorities (RPP), the word “education” only appears twice. This gives an idea where the CSA priorities are right now.
10.e. JAXA—Keigo Komuro, JA1KAB
Keigo reviewed the section about JAXA in his ARISS-Japan Report. He said discussions continue toward getting a Japanese call sign for the ISS for the times when a Japanese school wants a direct contact and a JAXA astronaut is on board. The discussions are now among the ARISS-Japan team, JARL, and the Japanese telecommunications administration, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). As of now, nothing substantial has resulted, but more detailed talks will take place, and JARL hopes for further communications with JAXA.
Keigo’s work has resulted in successfully getting Mr. Kagawa to come to our meeting, and in scheduling a tour for us of JAXA. REFER TO REPORT 3.c.
The next agenda item, Terms of Reference, was moved to later in the meeting. The team broke for lunch and to hold a group photo session.
Technical Session Begins—Mark Steiner, K3MS
11. HAMTV Technical Status—Emanuele D’Andria
11.a. Ground Station Status, Tutioune software updates, HAMTV Filters
Emanuele displayed graphics showing where ground stations are located, and he presented some updates on various improvements being made to them. REFER TO FOLDER 6.d.
11.b. Current and Future Plans for Streaming Video, Other
Emanuele discussed the report titled “Ham TV, a Practical Approach”, which included among other things, more information on Tiny Spectrum Analyzer, Tutioune, and the Aquila Filter, an intermediate-frequency WiFi rejection filter designed by students at the University of L’Aquila in Italy. REFER TO FOLDER 6.d.
Frank talked about researching a way to connect live image transmissions from the HDEV video camera experiment. This could provide a potential live external video signal from the ISS for HAMTV.
11.c. Slide Show Module/Kaiser Italia
Emanuele showed a presentation by Piero Tognolatti, I0KPT, on possible improvements for HAMTV. The report included an idea for a beacon with added features, which might be built by Kaiser Italia (KI), but KI does not want all of the proposal paperwork to be shared openly with many people. REFER TO REPORT 11.c.
Emanuele reported that the team is in talks with the manufacturer and Kaiser Italia about a problem with the ground station antenna systems that were delivered to ARISS-Europe from Kaiser Italia.
As the meeting was about to close for the day, Keigo Komuro provided all ARISS team members with a JARL Ham Fair badge in order to gain entrance on the weekend to the JARL HamFair at no cost. Keigo also provided entry tags for team members to go to the Saturday evening JARL 90th Year Reception Ceremony and to enjoy reception food and drink.
The meeting was adjourned for the day. ARISS Officers, ARISS Delegates, and spouses were invited to attend a Friday evening JARL IARU Event.
Day 3, Saturday 22 August 2015 Technical Session—Mark Steiner, K3MS
- Report on HAMTV Reception in Japan—Mikio Mouri, JA3GEP & Hozumi Ueda, JA0FKM, JAMSAT
[With Mark Steiner taking the chair and Stefan Wagener taking the recording of minutes, ARISS Officers left the meeting to attend the ribbon cutting at the JARL Ham Fair Opening Ceremony. Later, other meeting attendees took a break to attend the JARL HamFair for two hours and through the lunch break.]
13. HAMTV Slide Show Module—Lou McFadin, W5DID
Lou McFadin talked about Art Towslee’s project, HAMTV SlideShow Module. This small metal enclosure plugs into the existing onboard HamVideo module. REFER TO REPORT 13.a and 13.b.
Emanuele asked about possible plans for adding a beacon function and what the cost is for safety tests. Lou said Art’s unit is low cost but no funds have been identified for safety tests or for adding options. Mark related that the committee hopes the ARISS Delegates will approve moving forward with further study of Art’s module so the committee can write a full proposal that includes a budget and funding options.
Emanuele said HAMTV was similar in not having funding and the only option was an ESA proposal to get funds because it is very difficult to raise money from the amateur radio community.
Mark added that besides funds for safety tests, we need funds for operational aspects. Free hardware is nice but ARISS still has to find the funding to get the free equipment adequately tested and prepared for flight and use on-orbit, and to purchase the required 7 copies of the hardware. Emanuele feels we should try to find options related to the next ESA missions to get funding right now. Mark said this was an idea and that the Delegates need to discuss it further since there are many different aspects to consider—hardware, operational requirements, safety certification; this is true for any and all projects.
Lou felt we learned good lessons when we moved the Ericsson radio from the Russian module to the Columbus module and we have to step carefully. Emanuele replied that we might lose an opportunity with ESA if we don’t begin now. Mark agreed that we always have to be careful with timing—too soon can mean we don’t have time to carefully go over everything and we end up with problems, and too late can mean a lost opportunity. Emanuele reported that they had a proposal ready last year, and ARISS should approve it to move quickly. Mark asked Emanuele to share the proposal so that approval can be considered; the team had thought the proposal information was proprietary. Emanuele agreed that only some parts can be shared, and ARISS could consider non-disclosure statements. Stefan said unless we have a proposal that will allow open and transparent discussions, ARISS Delegates may decide not to consider it. As Mark explained during his presentations earlier in the meeting, proposals have to be reviewed by the ARISS-International Project Selection and Use Committee, and if recommended, be approved by ARISS Delegates. It was suggested that the proposal submission guidelines be further developed and approved before any new projects come forward for delegate approval.
Discussions with JVC Kenwood Technical Team—Mark Steiner, K3MS
14. ARISS Montage Presentation to JVC Kenwood
Frank Bauer, as ARISS Chair, and Keigo Komuro as ARISS Japan Delegate and host presented a unique and very handsome montage to the JVC Kenwood representatives attending the ARISS meeting. This montage is in recognition of the outstanding, long-term support that JVC Kenwood has provided to ARISS, particularly on the development and deployment of the Kenwood D700 and D710 radio systems that have been operational in the ISS for over a decade. Representatives accepting the montage were Yasufumi Hida, Shin Aota, Hiroto Watarikawa, and Akira Suzuki.
14.a. JVC Kenwood Greetings to ARISS
The JVC Kenwood team expressed their pleasure at being invited to the ARISS meeting. They were happy to be able to help the ARISS team in plans for having additional D710 radio systems onboard the ISS.
14.b. Technical Meeting with JVC Kenwood Engineers on D710
The JVC Kenwood engineers answered some pre-developed questions from the ARISS interoperable radio team, and discussed possibilities on the operations configuration of the D710 in the ISS. They explained a number of details, and made a list of some questions they will study in order to give ARISS the best way to have capabilities needed to support future ISS crew members and the ARISS operations.
15. Next Generation ARISS Radio Systems – Lou McFadin, W5DID
Lou talked about a report he and Kerry Banke, N6IZW, prepared on an enhanced permanent amateur radio station which is comprised of a Software Defined Radio (SDR) transceiver and amplifiers to provide all modes and all bands. REFER TO REPORT 15.
Frank asked Delegates if they were in favor of having a committee that can begin working on ideas such as those in Lou’s presentation. On the motion of Stefan Wagener, seconded by Rosalie White, Frank is to set up an ARISS ad hoc committee to continue work on Next Generation Radio System ideas such as those in Lou and Kerry’s presentation. Stefan is interested in being on the committee, and Ian volunteered his assistance, as did others.
- Raspberry Pi—Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD
Ciaran showed some of the AstroPi hardware (flight unit and the potential ARISS SlideShow conversion cable) and passed the pieces around for everyone to see. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is seeking alternative uses for the AstroPi units during and after Tim Peake’s six-month “Principia” mission. The Astro-Pi team has long-term plans for the units to be networked in order to allow new experiments from students to be uploaded, and the results of the experiments downloaded back to the students. REFER TO REPORT 16.
- Human Space Flight & ARISS, the Future—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
This agenda item was deferred to a future meeting to ensure all other agenda items can be completed prior to the JAXA tour on Sunday.
The meeting was adjourned at the end of the day so all meeting attendees could go to the JARL 90th Year Ceremony reception. On behalf of ARISS, at the reception Frank gave a beautiful ARISS montage to JARL’s president, Mr. Toshihiko Yamanouchi, in honor of JARL’s 90 years of operation.
Day 4, Sunday 23 August 2015 Plenary Session
Plenary Meeting Opening—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
- ARISS Terms of Reference—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank recited a little history on the ARISS Terms of Reference (TOR). He reminded everyone of Gaston’s work to initially develop the TOR, and then about a year ago, to begin needed revisions to the TOR. Two weeks ago, more discussions were begun about the TOR. Frank has continued to make draft revisions, and the aim is to have a finalized updated TOR in the near future. REFER TO REPORT 18.
- New Business Item--Gaston Bertels, ON4WF: Software to be Used for Fundraising—presented by Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Oliver reported that Gaston Bertels has already been thinking about new ideas for sustainability and funding. Gaston’s idea is to use a simple Android tool that can be sold to raise funds. Years ago, he had developed a SADAR core, and has updated and transferred the software to be used on Android Smartphones using the Google SW toolbox. A license for Android secured software would still have to be procured and proof of concept must still be done. REFER TO REPORT 19.
- Discussion on motions and Voting—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Stefan Wagener took his earlier motion off the table to dissolve the ARISS-International Technical Committee.
Related to the 8th motion, Frank will send formal recognition of appreciation to each ARISS Technical Mentor and each ARISS Telebridge Station Operator.
MOTIONS REFER TO REPORT 20.
The following motions were discussed and received Delegates’ unanimous votes or a majority of the Delegates votes, and so, were accepted as follows:
1. On the motion of Stefan Wagener, seconded by Keigo Komuro, the agenda was unanimously accepted. 12 aye votes
2. On the motion of Stefan Wagener, seconded by Rosalie White, Frank Bauer is to set up an ARISS ad hoc committee to continue work on Next Generation Radio System ideas such as those in Lou and Kerry’s presentation. 12 aye votes
3. On the motion of Stefan Wagener, seconded by Rosalie White, the ARISS-International Administrative Committee will be dissolved since it is the same entity as the ARISS Board (the ARISS International Officers). 10 aye votes, 2 delegates unavailable to vote
4. On the motion of Stefan Wagener, seconded by Ian MacFarquhar, the ARISS-International Technical Committee and the ARISS-International Project Selection & Use Committee will be dissolved, because they have the same members and the same duties and the committee names do not describe their duties; in their place, a new committee will be established with the name and terms of reference to be determined. 10 aye votes, 2 delegates unavailable to vote
5. On the motion of Emanuele D’Andria, seconded by Stefan Wagener, the ARISS Board will set up a schedule for each ARISS-International Committee and each ARISS Ad hoc Committee to be required to prepare a report for ARISS-International teleconference meetings in order to further improve communication among the team. 10 aye votes, 2 delegates unavailable to vote
6. On the motion of Rosalie White, seconded by Stefan Wagener, the ARISS International Delegates Meeting in 2016 will be held in Houston, Texas, as it will be the 20th anniversary for the establishment of ARISS. 10 aye votes, 2 delegates unavailable to vote
7. On the motion of Emanuele D’Andria, seconded by Rosalie White, the ARISS International Team recognizes the fine achievements of the HTT (HAMTV Technical Team Ad hoc Committee). Furthermore, the ARISS International Team requests that the HTT additionally offer technical advice in regard to outreach possibilities being considered, for example for the HAMTV slide show for the Nespoli mission. 11 aye votes, 1 abstention
8. On the motion of Rosalie White, seconded by Keigo Komuro, with the knowledge that the ARISS Technical Mentors and the ARISS Telebridge Stations perform an inordinate amount of outstanding work for ARISS, the ARISS Delegates heartily thank each ARISS Technical Mentor and each ARISS Telebridge Station Operator. 12 aye votes
9. On the motion of Stefan Wagener, seconded by Ian MacFarquhar, and based on the fact that the current ARISS radio system in the Columbus module is not as capable as it could be, ARISS team members are authorized under the leadership of Lou McFadin to pursue the plan for Interoperable Radio Systems presented to the August 5, 2015 ARISS-International Project Selection & Use Committee meeting with the following additions:
- Development of a detailed project plan to accomplish the design, development, fabrication, reviews, certification, and operation of the system as described below. This project plan must address funding, both the estimated costs to complete as well as the method to raise funds.
- Communicate details to ESA with respect to the current request for a dedicated PPS. Particularly of note is the potential to not need the PPS after the LVPS is operational on-orbit. This PPS is still needed in the short term for operation of Ham TV.
- Report status back to ARISS-I at the October monthly teleconference.
10. On the motion of Stefan Wagener, seconded by Ian MacFarquhar, the ARISS team hopes to engage students in hands-on activities, and so authorizes ARISS team members under the leadership of Ciaran Morgan to further develop a plan for the AstroPi SlideShow Prototype presented to the August 5, 2015 ARISS-International PS&U Committee meeting with the following additions:
- Identification of necessary agreements that would allow the AstroPi units (when on orbit) to be re-used by ARISS to prove feasibility of the SlideShow System. Items to be included are:
- Availability of all system documents to ARISS team members responsible for developing, using, and maintaining systems.
- Partnership requirements from all sides (ARISS, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and ESA Education).
- Identification of ARISS-specific configuration, to include:
- Power options
- Required connections
- System block diagram
- Capability to upload from the ground or develop on-orbit updated software and/or pictures via MicroSD card or Ethernet (see also item 7 below).
- Identification of the approach to up mass the necessary hardware (currently identified as connecting cable and micro SD card) required to use AstroPi hardware as the ARISS SlideShow system for use with the Ham Video system.
- Development of, and agreement on, establishing the safety case for the connection of two individually certified items of equipment that exist on orbit (AstroPi and Ham Video transmitter).
- Identification and resolution of specific technical issues concerning the Raspberry Pi encountered by the ARISS team members developing the SlideShow capability.
- Feasibility of early, on-orbit, validation of the prototype SlideShow software. This may include the opportunity to re-use the AstroPi while Peake is in orbit or after he has departed the ISS.
- Explore and identify collaboration opportunities with the Raspberry Pi Foundation in the identification of and proposal for a route to network certification and connection of a Raspberry Pi on orbit.
- Identification of required flight operations procedures.
- Report status back to ARISS-I at the October monthly teleconference.
11. On the motion of Rosalie White, seconded by Emanuele D’Andria, the ARISS team hopes to offer new projects to interest amateur radio operators, and authorizes the ARISS-International Project Selection & Use Committee to further develop the plan for the Slide Show Module presented to the August 5, 2015 ARISS-International PS&U Committee meeting with the following additions:
- Development of a detailed project plan to accomplish the design, development, fabrication, reviews, certification, and operation of the Slide Show Module as described to the PSU Committee. This project plan must address funding, both the estimated costs to complete as well as the method to raise funds, as well as follow the submission approval template.
- Define process for updating software and images to the unit on-orbit.
- Evaluate the pros and cons of Art Towslee’s Slide Show module (with pictures updated via Ethernet connection or USB port per 2. above) as compared to the Ham TV Technical Team concept for a slide show/beacon module once the details of that HTT concept is presented to the PSU Committee.
- Report status back to ARISS-I at the October monthly teleconference.
- Final Meeting Comments from Around the Table—all attendees
Each meeting participant spoke a few words on thoughts about the meeting and the team and the ARISS program. Each person will travel home and continue to work for the good of the ARISS program, Amateur Radio, and getting young people interested in technology.
Frank thanked Keigo Komuro, Satoshi Yasuda, and Ken Yamamoto for the great assistance each one provided to the ARISS meeting and to the ARISS team’s events of the past few days.
- Adjournment—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
The meeting was adjourned by Frank.
Meeting participants met at the appointed place to take a one and a half hour bus trip arranged by Keigo, to the JAXA Tsukuba Space Agency. Our host was Mr. Yoshiya Fukuda, Director and Spokesperson of the Kibo Utilization Office for Asia, Human Spaceflight Mission Directorate, Program Management and Integration Department, JAXA.
The guided tour allowed team members to learn about many of JAXA’s programs, watch two videos on JAXA activities, and to walk through the mock-up of the Kibo ISS module. The team saw the “back porch” area of Kibo where some future ARISS equipment might possibly be located. Observing the Mission Control room was an additional highlight of the tour.
The team thanked Keigo, our tour guides, and Mr. Fukuda for such an educational tour.
Rosalie White, K1STO
October 24, 2015
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