May 19, 2020 – 1100 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Interpreter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Roll Call—Martha Muir, W4MSA
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer relayed that Martha Muir would be calling the roll and taking minutes. He welcomed everyone to this meeting and stated that the past month has been one of challenging times. He said this will be a year of fantastic anniversaries, including marking 20 years of continuous ARISS operations. There will be a substantial amount of changes this year and perhaps for years to come due to the COVID-19 virus and hardware and operational changes on the horizon. School contacts will continue but there will be other events that will allow students to engage in STEM in more ways than just an ARISS contact.
- Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: The Minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on April 21, 2020 were finalized by Rosalie White on April 24, 2020. The Minutes were reviewed on May 14 and distributed to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: No comments about the April Minutes were received by Rosalie White. Darin Cowan made a motion to approve the Minutes. Bertus Husken seconded that motion. There was unanimous acceptance of the motion. The Minutes will be posted by Carol Jackson.
Frank Bauer sent his thanks to Rosalie White for her work with the Minutes.
2. ARISS Operations during the Pandemic—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO & John Kludt, K4SQC
Summary: John Kludt said that there have been two successes of the Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio to date, the most recent one in Canada. There have been significant improvements with each of these contacts and there are hopes these improvements will continue. The next contact will be Marcelo Teruel’s in Spain. The first two groups doing a Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio were held in North America with English as the language being used. Frank asked how the language used for the next contact will impact the number of livestreamed views and YouTube views. English remains the primary language used when speaking with the astronaut. Given that the students are no longer in a central location with this type of contact, the livestreamed production becomes a much bigger piece of the project. The Live Stream video does afford the opportunity to more effectively use subtitles on videos or to display the questions both in English and the language of the country in which the students are located. The impact of all of this on YouTube views will need to be monitored as more experience is gained.
Oliver Amend asked about the use of Verizon as the phone service for the first two multipoint ARISS contacts. Frank Bauer said that a telephone connection with Verizon is the solution with which the team has the most experience. It is known to be stable and we have experience in managing difficulties should they occur. An internet connection is not always available in all locations with bandwidth sufficient enough to support a solid ARISS contact.
3. Update on the Face-to-face Meeting--Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: The 2020 ARISS-International Face-to-face Meeting will now be held as an ear-to-ear meeting via GoToMeeting on Monday through Friday of the last week in June. Oliver Amend reported the current plans for the meeting are as follows. The first day will be a group welcome and an opening session. A review will cover ARISS’s very successful past years and ideas will be shared for the next 10 years of operations. The team was asked to email Frank Bauer, Oliver Amend, and Rosalie White on what people would like to see for ARISS in 5 to 10 years. Day 2 will be on operations, including ARISS activities during the COVID era, and ARISS Mentors can share experiences. Day 3 will cover new educational initiatives, such as ARISS Pi and SSTV options; team members are asked to submit ideas for this discussion. Day 4 will be on the Lunar Gateway activities, planning aspects and team members’ ideas.
Discussion: The ear-to-ear meetings will begin at 1100 UTC and last for 2 to 3 hours each day. Region and committee reports need to be submitted to Frank Bauer, Rosalie White, and Oliver Amend no later than June 12, 2020.
Lou McFadin asked to confirm that this meeting will be held via GoToMeeting, which would be a first. Frank Bauer said yes, and that ARISS International monthly telecon meetings may switch to that format, too. The fifth day of ear-to-ear meetings, Friday, is currently left available for any discussions of previous days’ events that need to extend to another day.
Frank Bauer asked that items to be added to the agenda be submitted to Carol Jackson, Frank Bauer, Oliver Amend, and Rosalie White by next Tuesday, May 26.
Frank Bauer stated that the InterOperable Radio System is on the ISS but is waiting for the crew to install it. There are only three folks aboard the ISS now but two more should be arriving via the Commercial Crew Program by early June.
Chris Cassidy is the only one licensed and trained to use the radio at this time. One of the two Commercial Crew team members is licensed but he has not been trained to use the radio. Sergey Samburov suggested that a crew member could be trained to use the radio in a manner similar to what was done with Drew Morgan. Frank Bauer shared that the length of time the Commercial Crew will be on the ISS is uncertain right now so there may or may not be time for this training, depending on the crew stay and the crew member’s interest in supporting ARISS.
There are some unknowns about how space tourists, flying and living on the ISS, as part of the commercial crew program, can support and interact with the ARISS program. Frank Bauer asked that ARISS team members think about how these on-board ISS guests could impact ARISS hardware and operations in the next 5 to 10 years.
Frank Bauer extended his thanks to Olga Moncuquet for her role as interpreter for this meeting. He said thank you to Martha Muir for her work in recording the words from the telecon meeting discussions.
The next meeting will be June 16, 2020 at 1100 UTC.
Martha Muir, W4MSA
May 19, 2020