February 21, 2017 1200 UTC
Interpreter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer thanked team members for submitting ideas on educational activities that CASIS might help raise funds to cover the cost of doing. Ideas were received from all five ARISS Regions, and most everyone suggested another SuitSat or ARISSSat to be deployed from the ISS, and a ham video uplink slide show with downlink capability to utilize in multiple educational ways
The team is another step closer to flying the new Interoperable Radio System to the ISS. The past week, Lou McFadin and Kerry Banke were in Houston, Texas, with engineers from Johnson Space Center, running tests on the Multi-voltage Power Supply. More details follow.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: The minutes of the January ARISS-International Monthly Meeting were distributed on February 7, 2017 by Rosalie White to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: Rosalie White received no comments after distributing the January minutes; she made a motion to approve the minutes. Ian MacFarquhar seconded the motion. With no one dissenting, the minutes were approved and will be posted.
2. Discussion, Future ARISS Satellites and SuitSats—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR & Frank Bauer KA3HDO
Summary: The ARISS-Russia team has several interesting ideas on satellites and future SuitSats that the ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee can consider in the next two to three years.
Discussion: A document file from Sergey Samburov was distributed of photos of Russian amateur radio satellites. The team was reminded that Orlan space suits are discarded when their life limit is reached, and ARISS can develop them into ham radio satellites. A crewmember can deploy these from the ISS as was done in past years for ARISSat and SuitSat, which turned into exciting projects.
If the ARISS Team decided to develop another SuitSat, students from Kursk State University could assist; Tatiana Kolmykova could be the interface. Previously, a team led by Tatiana Kolmykova built several CubeSats, and students helped with the technical decisions. A team continues to come up with ideas, and students could help build the satellites; one idea they proposed was for a cluster of satellites that could communicate with one another.
Sergey Samburov proposed an ARISS international project of building a “CubeSuit” that is high functioning. ARISS-Russia would take care of integration, delivery, and satellite deployment. Other ARISS team members would do equipment development. The Kursk team can probably develop transmitters or solar panel arrays; they have good experience with developing solar panels, and are certified in manufacturing them. They also have good experience with small light-weight batteries and getting these certified. ARISS-Russia can procure certified batteries and solar panels. How to attach solar panel arrays to a jacket attached by Velcro to the satellite would have to be determined. Kursk students also have a good telemetry system to transmit positioning of the x/y axis of an orbiting space suit. An Orlan spacesuit has a large volume and can house many radio projects that the ARISS international team might propose to the ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Selection Committee. One piece of equipment is already available that can transmit data and telemetry for five or six months.
There are probably three Orlan suits available to ARISS; one might be available every 12 months. The first one may be available in 2018, with deployment possible in less than two years.
Lou McFadin felt it was good the Russian team could develop the solar panels since the space suit would be in Russia to work with.
Sergey Samurov would encourage universities worldwide to get involved in this project, writing proposals for equipment to put inside the suit.
Rosalie White recalled that for ARISS’s previous SuitSat, a great deal of interest was shown in ARISS and amateur radio from the media, students and educators, space agencies, the aerospace industry, and the general public.
Thanks goes to the Russian team for their ideas. Frank Bauer said the idea would be proposed to CASIS; there could be an explorer’s spacewalk that allows students to “go on a spacewalk” by having their experiments in the satellite taking measurements, and doing other creative hands-on activities with the satellite. More about satellite ideas will be heard at future ARISS International teleconference meetings.
3. Recent Meeting with GRASP--Spectrum Awareness, TELDASAT, Bartolomeo & ARISS—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO; Oliver Amend, DG6BCE; & Lou McFadin, W5DID
Summary: A Technical Interchange Meeting planned by ESA and JAMSS was held in Houston on February 6-8 2017. ARISS was invited and participants on site or by teleconference were Lou McFadin, W5DID; Oliver Amend, DG6BCE; Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO; Dave Taylor, W8AAS, and Frank Bauer, KA3HDO. Other people at the meeting were from GRASP, ADB-S, TELDASAT, and Bartolomeo.
GRASP—now called Spectrum Awareness (a project under GLASS, Global AIS on Space Station that is supported by CASIS) hopes to put a Software Defined Radio receiver system on the ISS that can track maritime vessels globally. The system could expand to ADS-B for tracking aircraft. GRASP’s antenna would replace the current AIS antenna on Columbus. This current antenna and the ARISS 2m/70cm antenna utilize the same coax harness, which would have to be replaced with a new one containing a re-manufactured ARISS antenna (same type and location as now).
TeldaSAT and Bartolomeo have proposals for projects and platforms that could also interfere with ARISS activity.
Discussion: Oliver Amend related that the meeting was organized by NASA and chaired by NASA and ESA in order to understand the several projects’ technologies and needs, and to look at possibilities. Presentations were given by participants. Participants understand that ARISS needs its antenna, and an EVA would have to be scheduled to re-locate the new antenna and change the ARISS antenna. The ARISS antenna is the only antenna with transmit capability; others are mainly for receiving data for spectrum awareness.
In the future, ESA and Airbus will have a platform on the ISS called Bartolomeo. When this happens, the JAMSS antenna would have to be re-located again, but the ARISS antenna could stay in its place.
In summary, ARISS is a major player among the participants and ARISS team members take part in regularly scheduled teleconferences. ARISS would rebuild the current 2m/70cm antenna, and would expect to see no impact on ARISS activities.
Frank Bauer reported that TELDASAT hoped to use the ARISS antenna for their transmissions near 400 MHz. They were told that such transmissions would definitely be incompatible with ARISS communications and would quite negatively affect ARISS receive activity. TELDASAT was told there are spare antennas on the Service Module and they would need to talk to Sergey Samburov about these.
4. Call for Acceptance of ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee Report—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: A scheduled report for the February ARISS-International meeting covers the ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee. On February 6, 2017, the report was distributed to ARISS Delegates for review. The report gave a status on each of the many ongoing projects being handled by committee members.
Discussion: Oliver Amend, as acting chair of the committee, submitted this short report; he called for questions. It was noted that no update was included on ARISS Pi; Oliver Amend reported that ARISS Pi should have been in his short summary and will be in the next report.
Oliver Amend was thanked for stepping up to support the committee.
Keigo Komuro made a motion to accept the report and Dave Taylor seconded the motion. There were no comments, so the report was accepted.
5. Call for Acceptance of ARISS-International Operations Committee Report—Dave Taylor, W8AAS
Summary: Another scheduled report for the February ARISS-International meeting is the ARISS-International Operations Committee Report. The report was distributed to ARISS Delegates on February 13, 2017, and is as follows:
ARISS-I Operations Committee Report - February 2017
Dave Taylor, W8AAS (US) – chair
Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ (Europe)
Sergey Samburov, RV3DR (Russia)
Satoshi Yasuda, 7M3TJZ (Japan)
*None since last report.
* Distribute sample Terms of Reference within the committee and agree on final version. Submit to Delegates for approval.
Discussion: There were no questions. Rosalie White made a motion to accept the report and Oliver Amend seconded the motion. There were no comments, so the report was accepted.
6. Update on 2017 ARISS-International Face-to-face Meeting—Emanuele D’Andria, I0ELE & Francesco DePaolis, IK0WGF
Summary: The Italian team members are making plans for the 2017 ARISS Face-to-face Meeting in Rome.
Discussion: Based on dates for other important events, such as the AMSAT-UK Colloquium and AMSAT-NA Symposium, October 9-13, 2017 was determined to be the best potential date for the upcoming ARISS Face-to-face Meeting. Emanuele D’Andria will discuss the dates with the Italian Space Agency. If team members have a major conflict, tell Emanuele D’Andria and the ARISS Board immediately. An alternative could be October 16-20, 2017. A decision will be made within a month.
If team members could arrive early morning October 9, the Italian ARISS team would plan for later that day to tour the Marconi Museum in Vatican City and visit the Vatican Gardens. The Italian team is looking at hotels in the suburbs of Rome near the meeting site, and team members could take taxis to the center of Rome for touring.
Emanuele D’Andria and his team were thanked for their planning work.
ARISS-Japan is the only ARISS region to have submitted names for the new ARISS Ad-hoc Exploration Technical Committee. Delegates were reminded to send names to Frank Bauer. The committee will analyze and architect an exploration concept, leverage activities such as the Lunar CubeQuest Challenge, and perform other duties suggested in the Houston presentation titled “Human Space Flight and ARISS, The Future.”
The ARISS team heard a summary from Lou McFadin of the testing of the breadboard version of the Multi-voltage Power Supply built by Kerry Banke. Power Quality and EMC preliminary tests were done at the NASA Johnson Space Center last week to determine if the power supply met the US, European, and Russian specifications. The result: A few quite minor things need to be addressed, but wonderful news is that the team can move on to, and complete, the next steps. The team was told that the ARISS hardware was the first hardware to have passed all of the tests. NASA saw a very professional ARISS team that knows hardware development and design, and is skilled at building simulation tools resulting in hardware that met specifications. Frank Bauer thanked Kerry Banke and Lou McFadin for their hard work, for traveling to Houston, and staying several days to do preliminary testing.
Rosalie White suggested that the team hear an update on the Ericsson radio. Frank Bauer reported that February 19 was the launch of the SpaceX Dragon carrying the last Ericsson VHF handheld unit. Next will be the berthing of the Dragon, and eventually, unpacking its 5,500 pounds of cargo. The ARISS Team hopes the Ericsson will function well until the new radio system can be launched to the space station.
Ciaran Morgan reported the need for telebridge help for an upcoming ARISS contact.
The next ARISS-International teleconference meeting will be held March 21, 2017.
Input to ARISS-I Monthly Teleconference February 2017
Status of TE&S Committee Activities
ARISS-International Technical Evaluation &Support Committee (TE&S) chairman is Mark STEINER.
Oliver AMEND is since January 2017, acting Chair for the ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee while Mark Steiner deals with his heavy job duties.
Mark Steiner / Oliver Amend, (chairman)
Lou Mc Fadin, Darin Cowan, Christophe Mercier, Sergey Samburov, Satoshi Yasuda
A) Ongoing hardware development efforts:
A1) Interoperable Radio System - Multivoltage Power Supply (MVPS)
* Breadboard completed and internal preliminary tests successfully performed
* Power Quality Tests scheduled for 14.-17.02.2017 in Houston
* Review of Russian requirement set to determine needed adoptions
* Phase 0 Safety Data Package (SDP) under preparation
* Members: Lou McFadin, Kerry Banke, Kenneth Ransom, Dave Taylor, Bob Bruninga
* regular teleconferences on Tuesday, managed by Lou
* Open Work: Safety Data Package
A2) Ericsson VHF S/N0008 Test & Upload
* Tests performed & shipped to Houston
* Preparation for upload ongoing
* Replacement Ericsson hardware is scheduled to launch on Space X-10. Failed hardware is scheduled to return on Space X-10.
B) Ongoing & Planned Proposals
B1) HAM TV AMSAT Italia / Kayser Italia Proposal
* Update between ESA & ARISS Europe ongoing, new technical proposal in development
* Submittal to TES for evaluation and recommendations to ARISS-I delegates
pending. Planned date: Q2 2017
B2) ARISS COLUMBUS 2m/70cm antenna rebuilt
Topic: rebuild of ARISS 2m/70cm antenna for on-orbit coax harness assembly
replacement due to future CASIS/NASA JAMSS GRASP/GLASS experiment to
continue ARISS 2m/70 independent RX/TX capabilities from ISS/COLUMBUS module
* presented by JAMSS America Inc to ARISS-I delegates at Houston meeting November 2016
* need date for H/W delivery: 2nd Quarter 2017 for harness assembly integration @ JAMSS
* status update by Lou W5DID within ARISS-I Monthly January 2017
* ESA/JAMMS/NASA GRASP TIM 6.-8.02.2017, several ARISS members take part
* draft proposal to TES under preparation by DG6BCE, date: asap
B3) KENWOOD D710
Preparation, test and upload of Kenwood D710 for future ARISS operations in
* Channel Memory table programmed in firmware within Houston F2F meeting TIM
* Final version of channel memory and firmware.
Kenneth Ransom, Dave Taylor, Lou McFadin, Bob Bruninga + Shin Aota /Kenwood