Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 1115 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
ARISS I Agenda:
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Frank and EMike are presenting an ARISS paper at the third annual ISS Research and Development Conference. Along with educating attendees about ARISS, they will network with many influential people, and hope to talk about support for ARISS.
1. ARISS-Canada Delegation Changes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO and Stefan Wagener, VE4SW
The president of RAC (Radio Amateurs of Canada) named Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM, as our new delegate from Canada. He replaces Daniel who supported ARISS and RAC for many years, as well as working with IARU. Ian has been licensed since the early ‘60s and has been very active with RAC as an officer for 12 years, helping to make RAC viable. He is also a life member of AMSAT-NA.
Stefan said it is great to have Ian on board. We all welcome Ian and look forward to his future contributions.
2. ARISS-I Operations and ARISS-US Update—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
During our meeting at ESA-ESTEC, you heard that NASA lost funding for education programs, including the funding that allows us to have Kenneth support ARISS. After many hours of work and networking, Frank has garnered some NASA funding for us to continue through FY14 (September 30, 2014), when NASA’s fiscal year ends.
Right now, scheduling activity is on track, and we are working hard on finding the best way to get contacts scheduled after October 1. We feel we can do so through December, and we hope to have firm support in place for 2015. Due to astronaut support issues, no ARISS contacts from the US Segment will be scheduled for a few weeks in late 2014 (November 10 through December 7).
Frank and the team continue to work with the NASA Education Office in Washington DC and at the Johnson Space Center so that we can continue into FY15, which begins on October 1, 2014. NASA Teaching From Space will not have funding to bring to ARISS for FY15 but wishes to continue to participate in our program however possible. They can no longer be actively leading, but are interested in supporting the program in other ways. We have begun re-working out how our partners within NASA can work with us. The Astronaut Office and astronauts, and many other organizations within NASA, are clearly interested in continuing our program.
3. ESTEC Meeting: Status on motions and action items---Frank Bauer, KA3HDO and Rosalie White, K1STO
Rosalie reminded everyone that there were 5 motions that were voiced at our meeting at ESA-ESTEC. Four of the motions were sent first to ARISS Delegates, followed by a fifth motion that was sent.
Delegates were given a time period to talk with ARISS team members prior to voting. The results of the polling were that all five motions were approved by majority vote.
These approved motions have been posted to the ARISS web site in the section where the minutes of our ESA-ESTEC meeting are posted.
A list of action items emanating from our ESA-ESTEC meeting was sent to all ARISS Delegates by Rosalie. They were asked to review the list for accuracy and completeness, and ARISS Delegates were given a time period for discussing the list with ARISS team members, and emailing all comments. No one requested any changes or editions to the list. This list has been posted to the ARISS web pages where the minutes of our ESA-ESTEC meeting are posted.
Now is the time for Delegates and everyone on the team to review the list of action items and determine how you and your team can assist and get involved.
ARISS officers will review the list of action items, and select the most timely ones the team needs to work with, first. We will ask ARISS Delegates to name a person or several people who can step up to help with the action. If you know someone right now who wishes to take part in a particular action item, please send the name and the action item to Frank and Rosalie.
4. Update for Ham TV & CW Beacon—Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Gaston had announced previously that the first Ham TV school contact is planned for mid-September. The school that was selected for this is near Cologne, Germany. Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, will be handling the contact. Alexander will have his first ARISS school contact experience this week. Then he will have training on the use of the Ham TV contact.
ESA has not yet approved blank transmissions for us to test.
Kayser-Italia and the ARISS team continue work on the beacon project. Kayser-Italia asked for a draft paper on a capability the team is interested in having. The idea is to have a separate small unit that is fairly easy to construct using a Raspberry Pi microprocessor. It would allow the HamVideo system to have a looping slide show or taped video, without a camera connected. The HamVideo system would be on a memory card, and the looping slide show would replace the blank transmissions. There could be a small camera mounted on the device that would replace the baseline camera, since the current camera for our system has to be mounted on a support, and we don’t own that support and may not get approval very often from NASA to use it. If we had this camera, it would be a simpler solution, and this would mean earlier implementation and more frequent on-the-air use.
Frank asked the team to consider the possibility of being able to directly upload messages and/or slideshows into the Raspberry Pi computer in order to minimize crewmember involvement in getting updates for transmissions. Lou noted that the Raspberry Pi might be challenged as far as computing power, but the team is looking at an audio input. Perhaps a better option to investigate would be the iPad, as there is ham radio software that will be loaded later this year.
The team is investigating many options. Frank noted that we want to most efficiently use the few opportunities we have to fly new hardware.
5. New Business
No one had new business to discuss.
1. New Business
Our next meeting would be scheduled on 15 July 2014.
Rosalie White, K1STO