Go To Meeting/Teleconference
August 16, 2022 – 1100 UTC
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Interpreter: Margarita Dalinina-Baker (Rita Baker)
Roll Call—Martha took attendance by using the names shown on the Go To Meeting screen.
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank welcomed everyone to today’s meeting. He thanked everyone around the world for all they are doing for ARISS. Kjell Lindgren continues to talk to hams around the world from the ISS. ARISS is cited in “ISS Benefits for Humanity” booklet for our work with schools and children. Frank said that he is looking forward to Sergey’s report later in this meeting about the release of the ten CubeSats from the ISS and for configuring the radios so that we can do voice and APRS at the same time. There are lots of contacts going on in Russia concurrently. On a sad note, ARISS-USA volunteer and mentor Larry Koziel died last week. Frank said that Larry called him, Gordon Scannell and others from the hospital about ‘his’ schools. He will be missed.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer and Martha Muir
The June minutes were not available to send out prior to this meeting. They will be sent out later for review and approval.
2. Wrap Up of Ear to Ear Meetings – Oliver Amend
Oliver thanked all the participants and presenters for the information, comments, ideas, and suggestions during the meetings. There were 30 to 40 attendees daily. The committee reports and region reports are available in the Drop Box. The meetings ran from July 19 to July 22, with a topic for each day. Tuesday: Welcome. Wednesday: Education and Engineering Development. Thursday: Operations. Friday: Wrap Up day.
Next year we hope to have a Face to Face meeting. Oliver said he was thankful for the great discussions during this year’s Ear to Ear meetings. Frank said that he concurs with Oliver’s comments and summary.
3. Plans for 2023 Face to Face meeting in Europe – Oliver Amend
Oliver said that next year marks the 40th anniversary of Amateur Radio on human spaceflight vehicles. Next year we plan to have the Face to Face meeting during the week of April 17 at ESA ESTEC in the Netherlands. There is a separate meeting being planned for late November or early December to coincide with the 40th anniversary in Florida or Texas.
The ESTEC daily schedule will follow this year’s pattern with Monday being a travel day. There should also be time for folks to visit the blooming tulips in the Netherlands.
Oliver said he will start reserving a room at ESTEC for our April meeting and Frank plans to work with a team in the US to begin preparations for the in-person celebration of the 40th anniversary of ham radio in space in November or December.
4. Debrief of Recent Deployment of CubeSats – Sergey Samburov
“Greetings dear friends,” Sergey began. He said that he regrets that he was not able to attend the Ear to Ear meetings. He was tied up with the deployment of the CubeSats on July 21 by cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev and astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. It was a great event and great experiment. It was a difficult job for the crew members. It was a big challenge to handle all ten CubeSats. Sergey expressed his gratitude to Samantha for her care in working with the CubeSats. The CubeSats have been operating autonomously since deployment. Data from the CubeSats is being collected and distributed. The satellites are deployed against the velocity vector of the ISS to prevent a collision. They are currently moving 1000 km ahead and below the ISS. Over 100,000 telemetry messages have been transmitted by these satellites. Audio and video signals are available in Russian, English, and Spanish. They are doing SSTV, too. Southwest State University, in Kursk, Russia, is sending out diplomas and QSL cards to those involved in this program. All info about this is available on the Southwest State University website.
Lou asked about the expected lifetime of the CubeSats. About a year and a half, Sergey replied, depending on the sun’s activity.
Frank let everyone know that during the EVA, Oleg referred to ISS as a cosmodrome. Frank continued that it should be called the Tsiolkovsky-Samburov Cosmodrome, in honor of our ARISS-Russia’s leadership in developing and deploying these satellites and in honor of his great grandfather’s 165th birth anniversary. “Thanks, Sergey,” Frank said. Sergey expressed his thanks to “Frank and all my friends” for your support. “We are acting like an Amateur Radio family. Oleg is part of our Amateur Radio family. He has been very active while he has been on the ISS. He has completed five to six times as many ARISS contacts as are usually done during his time on the ISS.”
Frank said that the Amateur Radio community is excited about the fact that APRS is now available on the ISS. Folks are using it! He thanked Sergey for this capability. Frank showed a list of hams from all over the world who have been communicating through APRS in the last 15 minutes. Thanks, Sergey!
Any Other Business: None
Next meeting: September 20, 2022.