August 15, 2017 1100 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Interpreter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer welcomed team members to the August meeting. He summarized the issues with the radio in the Columbus module. The packet system is intermittent and there could be a bad cable or something more difficult to take care of, since there was a problem during last week’s ARISS contact. The ops team asked that ARISS contacts be done from the Service Module; it is a good thing to have multiple stations on the ISS. The hardware team is working on preparing procedures for a trouble-shooting activity that will help the team learn what the issues are.
An important person to remember and recognize is Boris Stepanov, RU3AX, who recently became a Silent Key. He supported radio in space for many years, was instrumental in working with the Russian Ministry of Communications to allow NASA astronauts the ability to operate the radio on Mir. He was head of the Russian ham radio society that was fully recognized by IARU, and he spearheaded the society’s Radio magazine.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: The minutes of the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on June 20 were reviewed by Frank Bauer, and distributed to ARISS Delegates on August 14, 2017.
Discussion: Ian MacFarquhar made the motion to accept the minutes; the motion was seconded by Jean-Pierre Courjaud. The minutes were approved by delegates and will be posted when possible.
2. Call for Acceptance of ARISS-International Operations Committee Report—Dave Taylor, W8AAS
Summary: A scheduled report for the August ARISS-International meeting was to be written about the ARISS-Operations Committee. Dave Taylor related the following: No activity since the last report.
3. Update, 2017 ARISS-International Face-to-face Meeting—Emanuele D’Andria, I0ELE & Francesco DePaolis, IK0WGF
Summary: More plans for the 2017 ARISS Face-to-face Meeting in Rome are being made. Oliver Amend has shared with the ARISS international team the hotel and transportation information prepared by ARISS Italy team members. He is writing the initial draft agenda.
Discussion: Francesco DePaolis sent email to the team with updates on Frascati and ASI. Team members are beginning to send emails about being able to attend to Oliver, Frank, and Rosalie.
Ciaran Morgan asked who is tracking the names of people coming to the AMSAT-UK Symposium following the ARISS Face-to-face Meeting in Rome; Oliver Amend is maintaining this list.
Lou McFadin requested information about the airports: the Ciampino Airport is closer to the hotel but may not have flights from all countries. Frank Bauer asked Francesco De Paolis to email specific directions about the trains that the team should use to get from either airport to the hotel. The team must remember to reserve the hotel room before September 1; that is the deadline to receive the special room rate for ARISS.
The AMSAT-UK team and Oliver Amend (for ARISS-Europe) are working on the letters of invitation for Sergey Samburov and Tatiana Kolmykova.
4. Summary, Final Detailed Design Review of Interoperable Radio System--Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: A Final Detailed Design Review (FDDR) was conducted by NASA of the new radio, multi-voltage power supply and interconnection cables and interfaces—and the review was deemed a success! The development and submittal of a slide deck for the Interoperable Radio System FDDR was completed a few days prior to the review. This huge ARISS hardware development is the first major one for inside the vehicle since around 2003. Frank Bauer sent this congratulatory message to the team:
Today was a very historic day for ARISS. Thanks to your hard work and dedication, we completed a very major milestone with NASA---the Final Detailed Design Review. While we have some actions to work, we now have an Interoperable Radio System design that we can transform into hardware to ultimately get launched and deployed on ISS.
As you know, I have had extensive experience in NASA design reviews. While we are called radio amateurs, your professionalism shined bright today. You did all your homework and you were ready for the challenge.
On behalf of the ARISS International team, I want to congratulate each of you for your outstanding efforts to get the ARISS team through this major milestone.
While it would be great to just rest on our laurels, I think you all know that we have challenges ahead—hardware to procure, fabricate, test, pass safety certification (US, EU & Russian), launch and install. But I know you all are up to this challenge. We can see the finish line now. So please keep pushing forward! By this time next year, we should be enjoying the phenomenal new capabilities of the Interoperable Radio System on ISS. Kudos to all!!
73, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Discussion: The team is continuing to prepare the lengthy flight certification paperwork, and following the successful Final Detailed Design Review, they are also working on the layout of the circuit boards for the power supply and purchasing parts for the five units that are required.
Dave Taylor related that with final configuration of the radio system, the hardware team needs all final requests on what frequency pairs to program into the radio (what works best for each region) from the following ARISS Region Delegates: ARISS-Canada, ARISS-Europe, and ARISS-Japan. Input has been requested from ARISS-Russia and received from ARISS-US. Frequencies from the old D700 are already programmed in. Dave Taylor sent a final reminder about sending frequency pairs, and needs input by September 15, 2017.
5. Summary, ARISS 20th Anniversary SSTV Transmissions--Sergey Samburov, RV3DR and Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Sergey Samburov prepared a successful set of images to be downloaded in honor of the ARISS 20th Anniversary SSTV Transmissions.
Oliver Amend and the ARISS-International Awards Committee have held discussions regarding diplomas to be offered to those who successfully downloaded images.
Discussion: An outstanding set of images were transmitted from the ISS and were greeted with excitement from many people worldwide. A great amount of photos were uploaded by fans to the ARISS web site. Sergey Samburov was pleased to offer this 20-year anniversary event.
Sergey Samburov reported that August 17 during an ISS EVA, Russian CubeSats will be deployed by hand from the ISS, and three are Radio Skafs. CubeSats were built by students at the Tomsk University, Kursk University and Southwest Western State University. Tatiana Kolymkova is the lead of the design teams. Detailed information is on the web; several ARISS team members have already viewed it. Telemetry information will be posted. Tanusha 1 and Tanusha 2 will have the call signs RS6 and RS7. The web site will show some satellites’ attitude and position because of a 3-axis gyro system, one satellite has a GoPro camera to transmit images, and the satellite cluster will communicate with one other on 437.05 MHz. The Tomsk CubeSat will operate on 437.025 MHz and greetings will be transmitted every three minutes in Russian, English, Spanish, and Chinese. CubeSats celebrate the anniversary of Sputnik and the Tomsk University’s 120th anniversary.
6. ISS Packet Failure and the Way Forward--Kenneth Ransom, N5HVO
Summary: The packet unit failed recently. The team is discussing what way ARISS should move forward.
Kenneth Ransom was not able to be at the teleconference meeting, but an update was given during Frank Bauer’s welcome message (above).
7. MarconISSta & Bartolomeo Update (if time permits)--Frank Bauer, KA3HDO & Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: A meeting on projects took place recently, and an update will be shared.
Discussion: Oliver Amend could not participate in the teleconference meeting. Frank Bauer reported that Bartolomeo is still an active project. There will be a face-to-face meeting during the week of the 11th of September for all parties, who are sharing more information with the team each week. Lou McFadin, Kenneth Ransom, Frank Bauer, and Oliver Amend will be the meeting participants. More will be known after the meeting.
Sergey Samburov requested that there be a discussion at the meeting in Rome on QSL distribution.
The next meeting will be on September 19, 2017.