Not able to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Maurice André Vigneault
ARISS I Agenda:
Rosalie took care of the roll call.
On behalf of the ARISS Working Group, Gaston expressed deep sorrow for the school tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. We know disasters happen every day in the world, but when the victims are children, we members of the international ARISS community feel special concern because children are precisely who we do our best to help and find their way in life. Gaston asked for a minute of silence in the children's memory.
1. ARISS-I board elections - Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
As of January 1, 2013, the newly elected board will take office. Frank, Oliver, and Rosalie will lead the international ARISS working group in handling important projects in the pipeline. Gaston expressed his thanks and best wishes to the 2013 officers.
The team gave their thanks and gratitude to Gaston and Mark for their past work, and hopes they can to continue to assist us whenever possible.
2. New Business
Frank asked if there was any update on the ITU filing. Gaston said it is up to the Italian telecom administration to answer the questions received from ITU the member states. Gaston isn't positive about what stage that is at other than that Emanuele is working with them on the explanation. As a reminder, at our last meeting the consensus was that the delegates and officers who are experienced with ITU IARU would see what would be presented to the Italian administration.
Rosalie asked delegates to please email ***Kenneth Ransom at email@example.com if they discover after receiving the meeting notice that they cannot attend a telecon. If it is far enough ahead of time, Kenneth can inform the operator not to call you.
3. ESTEC meeting – Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
After the recent ESTEC meeting, the ISS Increment Integration Service, run by EADS AStrium in Bremen, set up weekly teleconferences led by Raffaella Clivio. Oliver and Gaston participate, and the team is examining, step by step, how to deploy HamVideo--the testing, commissioning and installation in Columbus. HamVideo is the name given by ESA to the S-band transmitter. Gaston said that three phases of HamVideo have been defined:
Phase 1, activation and operational testing of Ham video: Only the HamVideo downlink will be via Amateur Radio. The uplink will be via ISS channels.
Phase 2, an actual ARISS school contact: The uplink and downlink will be via Amateur Radio, and only one ground station will be involved.
Phase 3, the same as Phase 2 except: Several chained ground stations will take part. ESA will be satisfied if we achieve 15 minutes of good HamVideo. For all 3 phases, Astronaut Luca Parmitano will perform the tests for HamTV -- the name given by ESA to school contacts with video. All testing will be in the second half of 2013.
Staff from ESA services and NASA services, take part in weekly telecons with the HamTV international technical team, and all are working hard to meet the challenges for performing the future tests. We need to get ground stations set up and trained -- not only the setting up of the S-band ground stations in appropriate locations, but also the installation of streaming video links between ground stations and the final destination, the school.
Ideas are being discussed for the Columbus module for an S-band CW beacon that may be possible to add after Phase 3 is completed. The objective for the beacon is to continuously transmit a radio signal for students and hams around the world to capture for educational purposes. This would allow us to offer an educational resource to hundreds of students, rather than just the signal transmitted for one school (or a few schools tied together) scheduled for a HamTV contact. Lou said some other capabilities may be possible, such as repeating signals that are sent up to the ISS that could be re-transmitted from the D-710 or Ericsson. Another possibility would be to add L-band receive for crossband repeater purposes. We could have access to the second S/L-band patch antenna, and one of these antennas might be used for video and one of the antennas might be for the beacon. ESA has only accepted the plan for HamVideo, but is considering ideas for the beacon.
4. Columbus module status - Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO
Kenneth was not available to report.
5. New Business
The next meeting will be 15 January 2013.
Happy holidays and Happy New Year to the entire team.
Rosalie White K1STO