ARISS International Monthly Meeting Teleconference
April 20, 2021 – 1100 UTC
Interpreter: Olga Porter
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Martha Muir, W4MSA
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank opened the meeting by congratulating all the folks who were involved in the success of the ARISS contact at the Linley School in the Blue Mountains of Australia. He also congratulated Sergey Samburov and the Russian Space community on the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight on April 12, 1961. This flight paved the way for the ISS today. April 12 also marks the 40th anniversary of the Space Shuttle program. All regions of the world have contributed to human spaceflight.
Frank then pointed out that one year ago the ARISS program changed in response to the Covid pandemic. On April 30 of last year, the first Multipoint Telebridge Contact was conducted which allowed us to continue to have ARISS contacts despite the pandemic. Frank thanked John Kludt for putting together the whole Multipoint Telebridge program without which “we would have had to shut down the whole ARISS program.” He also thanked the ground stations and whole ground operations team for their support of this huge pivot for our program.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO & Martha Muir, W4MSA
The Minutes for the February ARISS International monthly meeting had been distributed to the delegates earlier. Gaston Bertels made a motion to accept the Minutes and Rosalie White seconded that motion. The motion was approved and the Minutes accepted without dissention.
Sergey Samurov reported that with a new crew going up to the ISS and some other crew members coming down our second round of SSTV images is postponed until at least until late May. Meanwhile, images to use for this next round are being gathered. These images should feature ham radio being used on MIR, the Space Shuttle, the ISS or other vehicles and/or astronauts/cosmonauts involved in the program. Frank Bauer requested that these images be sent to him and John Kludt.
Dave Taylor reported that the ARISS-I and ARISS-Ops listservs on AMSAT.org have been shut down two weeks ago. Both of those listservs were migrated over to ARISS.org. So far, there have been no bounce backs. Other ARISS listservs will be transitioned to ARISS.org soon.
Frank Bauer thanked Dave for his taking on this task. He further said that we need to keep these listservs restricted to those actively working with the ARISS program. Regions need to let others know if they have approved someone to be added to the listserv. The ARISS-I meeting is open and transparent but work in operations are not to be as open. They are private and not to be shared externally as they contain sensitive data. Oliver Amend added that the European areas have some concerns about their private information being shared due to European directive on GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Oliver continued by saying that we should keep ARISS operations and engineering data private on our listeservs .
Glen McDonell asked if there is any word about our Artemis proposal to NASA. Frank Bauer said no, there’s no word yet but NASA has changed their monthly meetings on Lunar initiatives. NASA has combined the monthly meetings for Gateway and Artemis. NASA, ESA, JAXA and other agencies will be involved in these meetings.
Oliver Amend reminded attendees of the Ear to Ear Meeting coming up in June (last week in June). Regions should get reports and agenda items to the ARISS-I officers.
The next ARISS-I meeting will be on May 18 at 1100 UTC, one month before the Ear to Ear meeting. So the main focus of that meeting will be getting ready for the Ear to Ear meeting.
Frank Bauer concluded the meeting by thanking everyone for attending this meeting and for dealing with this Covid situation while still providing outstanding ARISS opportunities for students.
Martha Muir, ARISS-I Secretary-Treasurer