Tuesday, 15 October 2013, 11:15 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Not able to attend:
Maurice André Vigneault
ARISS I Agenda:
Roll Call — Rosalie White, K1STO
Everyone was welcomed to the meeting. Frank thanked Oliver for chairing the meeting last month.
Frank commended the team for working together so well as a worldwide team on all of the tasks done for ARISS education.
1. Operations/Hardware Status Update—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
The hardware system in the Columbus module seems to be working fine, and the team is adjusting well to the system’s idiosyncrasies.
2. Update on CW-Beacon proposal – Gaston Bertels, ON4WF & Lou McFadin, W5DID
Gaston reported that at the weekly telecons set up by Lou, there is always good discussion resulting in progress on technical matters.
Lou said work continues on the S-Band beacon transponder project. He related that the connector needed for the digital ATV equipment has a special pin that NASA or ESA designed, and our team has not been able to find any of those connectors. The manufacturer of the connectors will not build less than 100 at a time. The total cost of 100 connectors would be a prohibitive $20,000! The team and KI will continue to look for a connector not in use in someone’s inventory, in particular, once the US Government is back to work.
Oliver set up a database to store responses from delegates on the recommendation of the Project Selection & Use Committee to vote in favor of moving forward with the S-band beacon/transponder project. All delegates voted except for one. All votes were positive.
3. Update for Ham TV, Commissioning at end of 2013, Tests of the Streaming Program —Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Gaston said progress continues at the weekly meetings with ESA. All required preparations that Gaston had described in the past months have now been completed. We are waiting on a decision from ESA on possible dates for the commissioning to be done with the Matera station. Gil Carman provides possible good dates to Gaston, who gives them to ESA. We have 13 opportunities. The dates and times have to be during astronaut work hours and only on orbits that are north to south.
Gaston reported that we have hope that there will be DATV transmissions with full characteristics of a DATV signal and without animated images, and these transmissions would stay on permanently between commissioning passes. These transmissions would allow ground stations to test their capabilities.
4. Update on Russian school/youth contacts—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Sergey was not available for today’s meeting.
5. Draft Response to ITU Member States; update—Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
At this point in time, Gaston does not expect anything new to report on this topic.
6. Update on Delegates’ responses in regard to Travel for 2014—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
We hope to have the next face-to-face ARISS International Meeting at ESTEC in the Netherlands, in late April or early May 2014. Frank and Oliver received a number of responses from delegates on what dates are good or not good, and we will now move forward with planning. We will work around the Easter (April 20) holidays. We usually travel on Thursday before the meetings, and leave for home on Sunday.
Gaston will talk to ESA, and he will suggest 24-27 April as our first choice. A second choice will be 8-11 May.
Frank reminded everyone that the meeting will be about strategy for our future. These very important agenda topics will include long-term issues and visions for the future, rather than what we have accomplished in the past and what we are currently doing. The types of topics will be:
- Finalizing space agency agreements between ARISS and a specific space agency or multiple space agencies
- Defining long-term hardware strategies—hardware priorities for the next 5 years
- Making or improving our hardware interfaces so that we can move a radio and radio systems from one ISS module to another
- Setting up strategies that will improve our long-term operations
- Discussing how we can raise funds to accomplish the next element of our strategy
Delegates must to work together in listing what position papers we need to have authored about topics on strategy. The list of needed position papers or very robust outlines needs to be finalized by December 1, 2013. The position papers must be written in early 2014, at least one month prior to the meeting, in order to distribute the papers that must be read and studies, and shared with ARISS Region teams.
When we follow this timeline it will allow us to hold in-depth robust discussions of the papers at our meeting in ESTEC, and then close many agenda at the meeting. We want to make decisions at the meeting, rather than only review agenda items. When we follow this timeline, we can work at the meeting with staff attending from ESA, NASA, and other space agencies, while we sit together. Doing this should result in making progress much more quickly on future strategy so important to ARISS.
Delegates and others are encouraged to talk to space agency staff about coming to our meeting to participate.
*******ACTION ITEM******* Everyone is required by 18 November 2013 to email to Frank, Oliver, and Rosalie your answer:
What strategic agenda items do we need to have papers written about, and who do you think can write the paper?
7. Update on ARISS Project Selection & Use Committee—Mark Steiner, K3MS
Mark is not available for today’s meeting because of the US government shutdown.
8. US Government shut down —Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
NASA government employees cannot legally participate in ARISS work except for a few exempted people (e.g., Kenneth and Trinesha, who are contractors, as is Frank). The shutdown has had no real effect on ARISS but it could be a problem for the US ARISS contacts if the shutdown continues.
9. New Business
Gaston spoke of his recent participation at the 15th European Interparliamentary Space Conference, a meeting for government and industry people. This year’s main theme was how to get new science and technical school graduates and high-level workers into the space field. ARISS did not have a presentation to give this year, but Gaston held a number of interesting conversations with conference delegates and others attending.
1. New Business
Our next meeting is 19 November 2013 at 1115UTC.