16 December 2014, 1215 UTC
Interpreter Mark Lebyovich
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Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Frank Bauer thanked everyone for their fine work as an international team. One sign of this teamwork is the excellent ARISS school activity we have learned about with astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti at the helm.
1. ARISS TOR Status-- Rosalie White, K1STO & Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Rosalie White reviewed for the team that the updating of the ARISS Terms of Reference (TOR) has benefited from full international teamwork and corroboration. Gaston Bertels took the initiative to review needed updates for the TOR and presented these at the ESTEC meeting in April 2014. Following that, he sent the document to the team to ask for suggestions on other needed edits. Many team members sent possible edits including some particularly important ones from Keigo Komuro. Gaston masterfully incorporated the many comments. Stefan Wagener then edited the TOR more closely, and Rosalie reviewed these suggested changes.
Frank said he will read the TOR a final time and send the document to delegates for discussion and possible approval at next month’s meeting. We thank Gaston and everyone who studied the TOR.
2. ARISS-I Face-to-face Meeting Proposals-- Frank Bauer, KA3HDO & Keigo Komuro, JA1KAB
At ESTEC, an invitation was extended by Sergey Samburov to meet again in Russia for our next face-to-face meeting. Very recently, Keigo Komuro and Masanobu Tsuji offered an invitation to meet in Tokyo, Japan, and Keigo distributed a proposal for the opportunity. The proposal was sent to all ARISS Delegates. The meeting dates are in conjunction with the Japan Amateur Radio League’s (JARL) 90th anniversary celebration, and are near the dates for the JARL Ham Fair. ARISS meeting dates would be 20-21 August with a technical meeting on the 22nd. The alternate time frame would be for meetings on 22-23 August with a technical meeting on the 24th.
There are some important reasons to consider a meeting in Japan. Masanobu is employed at JAXA and it would be excellent for us to try to strengthen ties with staff at JAXA. We have not been to JAXA or conducted our meeting in Japan and it could be a good networking experience and learning opportunity.
Frank thanked Sergey and Keigo for their invitations, and asked delegates for their comments on the ARISS-Japan proposal. Sergey said it would be useful to go to JAXA, and he, Tatiana Kolymkova and her school would invite us to a future meeting in Kursk and other cities. Rosalie said she had learned from Keigo that a visa is not needed for travel by Europeans and Americans, and that JARL will assist Sergey with the visa needed for Russians. Rosalie also noted that Keigo reported having found reasonably-priced hotel rooms for us.
Delegates approved the proposal for meeting in Japan on 20-22 August 2015. Frank is pleased that the delegates are planning ahead, and he’s excited about the opportunity to talk to JAXA staff.
Keigo will work to finalize the dates, including working with Masanobu on a visit to JAXA. On behalf of ARISS-Japan, Keigo thanked delegates for accepting the Japanese proposal, and thanked Sergey for accommodating the new invitation and delaying his own.
3. ARISS Beyond Space Station--Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
The successful first operational test of the US Orion spacecraft has generated interest in what ARISS might do beyond the ISS, particularly in the Orion spacecraft. Frank responded that Orion itself is not the best option for installing amateur radio equipment since Orion is primarily for launch and landing activities. A better place for amateur radio would be the modules that would accompany a deep space flight, such as habitation modules, especially since NASA is seeking international participation for those modules. Habitation modules are a good place for amateur radio stations because that is where crew members live and work. Also, we can point to our successes in the ISS habitation modules, Russian Service Module and the European Columbus Module, and use these as good models for our future planning.
Yesterday, the NASA head of Human Spaceflight, Bill Gerstenmaier, testified to the US Congress that a habitation module will be crucial to deep space flight. As the plans for these international deep space flights continue to develop and evolve, ARISS needs to work with our respective space agencies to have amateur radio included from the very beginning. This topic is a good one to discuss in Japan in August 2015. To prepare, all team members should begin to think about potential amateur radio system capabilities, and develop working relationships with the proper people in our respective space agencies and our supporting organizations. Whatever direction the development may go for international modules, we need to be there with plans and ideas for amateur radio. This is a brand new opportunity and we must learn the unique requirements, such as weak signals and time delays.
Our next meeting will be 20 January 2015, 1215 UTC. **Don’t forget the new pass code.
Sergey reminded everyone of the upcoming SSTV experiment sessions from the Russian Service Module on December 18 and 20, 1130-2130 UTC with 12 images being transmitted using the PD180 protocol. This is an experimental session and it will be interesting to see the results. Awards are available for those successfully receiving all 12 pictures. Transmissions will be on 145.80 MHz. Note that the upcoming SpaceX launch may impact these plans, so look for updates on the usual ARISS information outlets. Kenneth Ransom asked Sergey to ask the crew to take photographs of the onboard configuration since hams on the ground will be interested in seeing it. Sergey plans more of these sessions in 2015.
Frank reiterated that 2014 was a very good year for ARISS international cooperation, and saw many exciting developments. Best wishes to everyone for this holiday season and for a happy, successful, and prosperous 2015.
Rosalie White, K1STO
December 22, 2014