Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 1115 UTC
Interpeter: Olga Moncuquet
Not able to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
ARISS I Agenda:
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Frank welcomed everyone who was tied in to the teleconference from around the world. He said it is great to have everyone working together on a good cause.
1. ARISS-I Operations and ARISS-US Update —Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
All of our equipment in the Columbus module is working well, though we have a lower signal level than we prefer. Recent school contacts went well except for one in late June, which was successful, but not as good as it could have been. Now that Kenneth has returned from his vacation, the team will get together to talk about this contact and what might have happened, whether it was local interference or a technical problem.
Sergey said hardware for the two stations in Zvezda is working nominally. An attempt was made to re-program the D-700, but was unsuccessful. A new cable will be delivered soon for the D-710 station, and then it will be re-programmed. Russian school contacts have been fine. SSTV images will be downloaded for the Gagarin program. On August 20, a student-built Cubesat will be launched from the ISS. Modifications had to be made to the battery as well as to the methods that will be used for launch and deployment, but a successful project is expected and universities will be asked to join the Cubesat program. Sergey would like for any hams to monitor the satellite and report findings. Sergey also spoke about the CHIBIS-M, a project being used for a student program; he will send information to us about CHIBIS-M.
2. Update on funding for ARISS-US—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Reported previously was that NASA JSC Teaching from Space had lost funding for many of its educational payloads, including ARISS. The team, led by Frank, have worked aggressively to best ensure ARISS will have funds to meet all of our obligations. Frank and the team were successful in that Kenneth’s work is now fully funded until the end of NASA Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) ending on September 30, 2014, and some funding for part of 2015.
Frank and the team have had many meetings with NASA in the past few months to try to develop a future NASA strategy for ARISS. NASA Headquarters Education Office deemed that NASA’s education staff will now assist in ways that they can, although they will not be “in the driver’s seat”. NASA Centers’ education offices (Johnson Space Center Education Office, Houston, TX and Goddard Space Flight Center, Greembelt, MD) are still working with the team on how relationships should continue with ARISS.
The team has had conversations -- and continues to do so -- about relationships with the ISS Program Office and with individuals at The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS); CASIS is part of the ISS National Lab education program.
Frank and the team have talked with people at SCaN (Space Communications and Navigation) based at NASA Headquarters. SCaN is the organization that fully funded Kenneth for the rest of FY14 and for part of 2015.
Discussions will continue on roles and responsibilities of each group, including who will provide funding and resources for ARISS US and international activities.
Now that Kenneth’s work is fully funded, he will soon attend an all important Payload Operations Internal Working Group meeting at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
3. ESTEC Meeting: Status on motions and action items---Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Because Frank has been extensively involved with redefining the ARISS US strategy with NASA, he has been pulled away from efforts toward this agenda item.
Gaston will soon be talking to ESA about custodianship of the Ham TV equipment. We have wording to give ESA, and Gaston is trying to set up a time to meet with Jessica at ESA, who has been on vacation.
During our ESTEC meeting, one of our Action Items involved having the team look for solutions to get around the problem of WiFi interference in order to use frequencies above 2400 MHz. Related to that was Action Item 9, which was:
· The US team will begin asking if there is consideration being done within IARU Region 2 for an alignment of the band to match CEPT’s plan, and to extend the amateur satellite service to 2390 MHz.
Rosalie reported that the US team had conversations with ARRL in regard to the Action Item 9. ARRL’s response was that a 20 MHz primary allocation cannot be obtained for the amateur and amateur-satellite services in the 2300-2400 MHz band. This is because at World Radio Conference-07 (WRC-07), that entire band was designated for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), i.e. wireless broadband and cellphone. After WRC-07, many if not most countries’ administrations have begun implementation for this IMT designation. An example was in the news story run by ARRL in early April 2014 at: http://www.arrl.org/news/uk-amateurs-losing-access-to-part-of-2-3-ghz-and-3-4-ghz-bands The story told how United Kingdom’s telecommunications regulator Ofcom announced it was ending amateur radio access to significant portions of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands. ARRL reiterated that US amateur radio operators lost access to 2310-2390 MHz in 1979, and will not get it back. It was suggested that ARISS would have a better chance if it considered the two other microwave bands available for downlink: 5.830-5.850 GHz and 10.45-10.5 GHz. But as we know, any proceeding on a new band allocation takes many years to accomplish. The only short term solution is operation under Radio Regulation 4.4, i.e. what we are doing now.
4. Update for Ham TV & CW Beacon—Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ESA has agreed to further testing with blank transmissions until the docking of the fifth and last European Autonomous Transfer Vehicle (ATV) at the end of July. Configuration #4 will be used, and Alexander Gerst will set this up when he is able to work it into his schedule. Gaston will circulate a news bulletin when the event is about to begin.
The chaining ground station is being finalized in Ireland, and another will be set up in Poland. The goal for the first live Ham TV contact is this September.
Kayser-Italia has prepared a proposal for a multi-functional CW beacon that would offer a CW beacon on S-band and a transponder for L-band up and S-band down. In advance of this significant development effort, the Ham TV technical working group is proposing a less complicated slideshow and camera device based on the Raspberry Pi computer. If the requirements and schematic are approved, the US team will develop a working engineering model from which Kayser-Italia will build a flight-capable version. The Ham TV technical working group continues to meet weekly, typically Thursdays at 2000 UTC.
Frank thanked everyone working on Ham TV including on the onboard system, the CW beacon, and the slideshow and camera module.
5. New Business
Frank noted these significant ARISS contact augmentations (past and future):
1) The US team is coordinating a contact on October 25 in support of the international Explorer's Club meeting in the New York City area. This has been requested by space participant Richard Garriott and includes ARISS supporters such as astronaut Cady Coleman and others.
2) Reid Wiseman was very active from the ISS during the last weekend in June in the US Field Day activities.
3) The European Space Agency (ESA) has requested that on 12 September around noon local time, a QSO be scheduled for Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, with 4U1ITU, the club station of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The contact will highlight the 50th anniversary of the founding of the European Space Agency. This will not be an ARISS school contact and the scheduling of the QSO is subject to the astronaut's availability and workload.
4) For the ARISS contact with the Institut Florimont, Geneva (Europe #336) during the week of 15-21 September 2014, the contact will be via 4U1ITU. There will be indoor TV to the audience room where the ITU delegates have a session. The event is in honor of ITU Secretary General Amadoun Touré, who is retiring. Mr Touré has been supporting Amateur Radio for many years.
5) The Russian team supported a special contact with a team from the Moscow "Leaders Club" on expedition on Mt. Blanc. All three Russian crewmembers were able to participate in the special contact.
1. New Business
Our next meeting would be 19 August 2014.
Frank closed the telecon by saying how great it is that we have several team efforts underway with fine international coordination. This is key to a successful ARISS international program.
Rosalie White, K1STO