May 16, 2017 1100 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Unable to attend:
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer reported that all ARISS appreciation certificates not presented at November’s ARISS international meeting in Houston (because awardees were not in attendance), have been sent to those volunteers, honoring their 10, 15, and 20 years of service to ARISS. Frank Bauer also reported on a successful weekend for ARISS at Hamvention, and that good progress has been made with the ARISS hardware by the technical team on the multi-voltage power supply circuit boards, with a final design review tentatively set for June. The review will be followed by a great deal of work to be done by the team on the Safety Data Package.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: The minutes of the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on April 18 were distributed to Delegates on April 24, 2017.
Discussion: A motion was made by Ciaran Morgan to accept the April ARISS meeting minutes, and seconded by Dave Taylor. There were no comments; the motion passed.
2. Call for Acceptance of ARISS Ad-hoc Awards Committee Report—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: A scheduled report for the April ARISS-International meeting covers the ARISS- Ad-hoc Awards Committee.
Discussion: Oliver Amend has been supporting other ARISS priorities, such as potential antenna and operations support changes in the Columbus module due to the Bartolomeo project and the MarconISSta program.
3. Call for Acceptance of ARISS-International Sustainability & Funding Committee Report—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: A scheduled report for the April ARISS-International meeting covers the ARISS-International Sustainability & Funding Committee Report. All Delegates were to submit to Frank (by May 2) their ARISS Regions’ list of recent funding activities. ARISS-Russia provided the following:
The Russian side will consider providing a spacesuit for a future ARISS SuitSat. Also, the Russian side incurs expenses for the preparation of equipment, its delivery to the ISS, the crew's work on mounting the equipment in a spacesuit, tests and launching a ARISS SuitSat during the EVA.
Discussion: Frank Bauer received reports late last week and this week with updates on activity taking place in ARISS-Japan and ARISS-Europe. He will put this information into the document with the Russian and US reports.
4. New Designated Countries List—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: On April 30, 2017, the team received an update from NASA.
I received the following from our NASA ISS Liaison, Lauren Parsons. Please pay attention to the updated Designated Countries list and the direction we (all of ARISS) are getting from NASA on engagement with regard to the designated countries. If you have any questions, please e-mail me directly, with a cc: to the other officers—Oliver.
73, Frank KA3HDO
We’ve had some updated guidance on interaction with countries from the Designated Country List (website listed below) and I wanted to pass it along. From my knowledge, ARISS has never worked with a school on this list in Column II, which are of the most concern, but I wanted you to have this guidance should the event come up in the future.
· Responding to an entity from a Designated Country is considered official communication.
· Therefore, if a request to participate in ARISS is received from an entity from a Designated Country, it needs to be reviewed by NASA Export Control and the Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR). Please reference the “Designated Country List” at the NASA Export Control Website https://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/ This list is regularly updated, therefore please consult the website to ensure use of the most up-to-date list.
· As NASA policy, Column II Designated Countries will be presumed declined. ARISS should not respond to requests from these countries and remain silent.
Lauren L. Parsons
ISS – Commercial Space Utilization Office
Discussion: The ARISS Team always abides by NASA guidance regarding the designated countries list. Requests for scheduled radio contacts received by ARISS from some countries listed in Column 1 have been brought to NASA, who quickly gave guidelines on what to do. This procedure will continue to be followed by ARISS.
5. MarconISSta Project. Bartolomeo-- Oliver Amend, DG6BCE & Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: None received.
At the November 2016 ARISS Annual Meeting in Houston, the team heard a presentation on the JAMSS experiment called GRASP and the Bartolomeo projects. Last month nothing appeared to be happening on Bartolomeo but at a meeting a week ago, it was indicated that the Bartolomeo project may move forward. The project involves a set of payload attachments to allow commercial payloads and research projects to be mounted on the exterior of the ISS. Several antenna systems, including ARISS, GRASP, TeldaSat and ADS-B would be mounted on the Bartolomeo platform. Tentative date for delivery is mid-to-late 2018. Bartolomeo is an ESA sponsored project being developed by Airbus. Of the 4 antenna systems planned, two (ARISS and TeldaSat) are transmitting antennas. The installation of the Bartolomeo platform would displace the ARISS antenna; the ARISS replacement antenna would have to be mounted on that platform. If the ARISS antenna is hard-mounted, with no EVA, the ARISS antenna would have to withstand launch loads since it would not be soft-stowed during launch. If this project is approved by NASA and ESA, ARISS may have to expend funding and volunteer resources to replace the ARISS antenna.
The situation is dynamic; the team is staying on top of it to provide input and receive updates, both technical and political, to the project managers, to NASA, and to ESA. ARISS has a strong presence with the managers through Oliver Amend, Lou McFadin, Frank Bauer, and Kenneth Ransom. CASIS is being kept informed and is paying attention. Another meeting will be held soon and more information will be available after that.
The plan for this proposed project is that tentatively, it would be operational in mid-2018. The project managers want to use the ARISS antenna to receive and evaluate amateur radio signals from the ISS; ARISS, through Oliver Amend, is in contact with the project manager in order to get more information. MarconISSta team members are ham radio operators and they understand ARISS. A great deal about the project may change depending on the influence of the Bartolomeo project.
6. ARISS-US Team – Education Changes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Discussion: Debra Johnson has left the ARRL Headquarters, so ARISS-US has lost its lead for education. Her duties had included updating ARISS web pages, monitoring and tallying metrics, coordinating the school/group proposal processes, and collecting and archiving parental permission slips, ARISS Activity Reports, photos, and videos from ARISS Mentors and educators. The ARISS-US team is working on how to handle all of these duties, now, and with Mark Steiner currently being away from the team, the executive team is very overburdened. The biggest concern is the proposal process; the US review team had just begun to look at proposals for selecting schools/groups for the first half of 2018. Rosalie White has stepped up to work with the review team, and Frank Bauer, Dave Taylor, and other experienced ARISS-US team members will be involved in the Information Sessions and Orientation Sessions for educators. Something the ARISS US Team has wanted to do for a few years is set up a large education team, and this effort will be undertaken shortly. Meantime, the ARRL is studying roles and responsibilities that had been handled for ARISS, and is deciding how to move forward.
Frank Bauer is to receive videos and photos and parental release forms, now. Rosalie White is to receive Activity Reports. Bertus Husken suggested a new email address that will not change as team members change. Dave Taylor reminded the team that the ARISS web pages will not be updated for a while. However, please continue to send photos to Frank. Steve Akkala will be a special mentor who will work with ARISS Mentors to help with getting these photos, videos, release forms, and Activity Reports.
7. 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: Francesco DePaolis reported that he hopes a document on the agreement between ASI and AMSAT-Italia will be forthcoming. A meeting was to take place this day, and the agreement will have a section on the upcoming ARISS international meeting to be held October 10-13, 2017 in Rome. The ARISS Italy team already had a verbal agreement with ASI but because of some changes in ASI management, there were delays in getting signatures on the document. The ARISS Italy team has some almost final plans on hotels, which will be shared soon, along with more meeting details.
8. Call for Acceptance of ARISS-International Technical & Evaluation Support Committee Report—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: A scheduled report for the May ARISS-International meeting covers the ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee Report.
Discussion: Oliver Amend will be setting up a meeting of the ARISS-International Technical Evaluation & Support Committee regarding ARISS hardware projects and the changes that may be required to ARISS antennas and ARISS international projects.
Rosalie White thanked Oliver Amend for stepping up to take on committee chair duties until Mark Steiner transitions into a new job position that should give him more time for ARISS activity.
Barry Baines gave his congratulations to Frank Bauer on being selected as the 2017 Hamvention Amateur of the Year.
It was asked who on the ARISS-Canada should get inquiries about ARISS. Inquiries should be emailed to Steve MacFarlane and Brian Jackson.
The next ARISS meeting is on June 20, 2017.
Rosalie White, K1STO
May 31, 2017