15 February 2016, 1200 UTC
Interpreter: Mark Leybovich
Did not get called by operator
Larry Agabekov, participated in voting by email
Unavailable to participate:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call--Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer conveyed congratulations to the ARISS-International team on the very first ARISS operational contact with HamTV and a school. All team members who assisted in countless ways (including astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI), from the day the idea for TV was first discussed to the recent successful contact, were thanked.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO [Decisional]
The draft minutes for the ARISS-International meeting on January 19, 2016 were sent to all delegates on January 25, 2016 and no remarks were received from anyone about the draft.
Rosalie White moved that the minutes be accepted, Gaston Bertels seconded; and with no one commenting further, Frank Bauer stated that the minutes are approved.
2. ARISS-US Meetings in Houston—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO[Informational]
Summary: Five US team members will travel to the Johnson Space Center to network for three days with staff members, and to review the ARISS program with them. Kenneth Ransom is setting up times for meetings with an ISS Program Office lead, the ISS National Lab’s chief scientist and her deputy, the liaison to the Astronaut Office, the Public Affairs Office, the ISS Communications Manager who is helping ARISS by producing a video on the 1000th ARISS school contact, and the Education Office to discuss how to affect great education impact on educators and students.
Meetings are being held with NASA staff to remind them (or tell new staff) who and what ARISS is, and to relate impressive ARISS outcomes in order to encourage the continuance of long-term support for ARISS. The US team has not done this type of meetings for four years; it is long overdue. Between meetings, the US team will hold discussions on future strategy and plans for fundraising in the US.
3. Update ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee TOR –Mark Steiner, K3MS [Decisional]
Summary: Over the last several months the former Project Selection and Use Committee members reviewed and had the opportunity to discuss the Terms of Reference (TOR) and Proposal Submission Guidelines that were drafted for the new ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee (TES Committee). Committee members concur on the draft dated February 4, 2016 that was previously sent to the ARISS-I Delegates. The TOR and guidelines were emailed to the Delegates on February 7, 2016 for review and for possible approval at the February 15, 2016 ARISS International telecon meeting.
Frank Bauer related that Mark Steiner will be the committee chair, the same position he held for the previous committee, which allows Lou to focus fully on technical aspects.
No further comments were received by Mark Steiner on the final draft TOR [and its Proposal Submission Requirements] dated February 4, 2016. Frank Bauer asked for a motion to accept the document. Rosalie White moved that the document be accepted, seconded by Gaston Bertels, and with no one commenting further, Frank Bauer stated that the committee’s Terms of Reference are approved.
4. Status, Receipt of Long-term Volunteers’ Names/Call Signs/Years of Service—Rosalie White [Informational]
Summary: Lists of 10-year, 15-year, and 20-year ARISS volunteers’ names, call signs, and years of service have been received from ARISS-Japan and ARISS-Europe. ARISS-Canada and ARISS-US are finalizing their lists. ARISS-Russia will probably be delayed in responding.
There are many factors that can determine total years of support a volunteer has given to ARISS, and it can be difficult to define the exact number. An example is a person who volunteered for 10 years, changed jobs and could not volunteer, then a few years later was able to volunteer again. For such cases ARISS Region leadership has tried to be accurate and provide best estimates. The officers can work with regions as needed to help with accuracy and consistency on, for instance, a total of 10 or 15 years. Of highest importance is honoring the hard-working long-term volunteers.
The next ARISS-International monthly meeting will be March 15, 2016.
Rosalie White, K1STO
February 26, 2016
To review the updated journal of current motions, download the file below.