October 20, 2020 – 1100 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Interpreter: Gregory Khasin
Unable to attend:
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer welcomed meeting attendees. He commented on the good strength of the team in so many different areas and thanked team members for all they accomplish.
- Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO & Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: For the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on September 15, 2020, Rosalie White took the minutes and forwarded the document on September 19, 2020 to the other ARISS-International Officers, Frank Bauer and Oliver Amend for review. The document was reviewed on October 19, 2020 and distributed to ARISS Delegates that day.
Discussion: Rosalie White reported that after the minutes were distributed to the ARISS-International email list, all had an opportunity to review them and no one replied with a request for a change. Frank Bauer asked for a motion to approve the document. Gaston Bertels moved to accept, and Darin Cowan seconded the motion. There were no objections; the minutes were accepted and Carol Jackson will post them.
2. Update, ARISS-International ToR Sub-committee—Graham Shirville, G3VZV
Summary: Graham Shirville will present a report on progress and all activities related to the ARISS-International ToR Sub-committee and committee members’ inputs.
Discussion: The committee, made up of Shizuo Endo, Rosalie White, Sergey Samburov, Glenn MacDonell and Graham Shirville as chair, exchanged email discussions on the ToR. A telecon meeting was held with the committee discussing many points and coming to a consensus on each one while Graham Shirville made revisions to a draft document. This document was sent to committee members who offered a few more comments. The final draft was emailed to all ARISS Delegates for their review. The work of the committee was to attempt to make some wording clearer, to widen the ToR to include possible future international space stations, and more heavily emphasize ARISS’s educational interests. One structural change was to move the list of member societies into an appendix rather than in the body of the text. The committee did not change any of ARISS’s original intended purposes. Graham Shirville commented that the ToR currently in operation is from 2002 and is on the ARISS web site. He said he will take further instructions as committee chair from the ARISS Board.
3. Report, SSTV Events—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Summary: Sergey Samburov will discuss the recent successful SSTV events. He will also talk about future SSTV sessions.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov said the team continues to downlink images for SSTV sessions, hopes participants have enjoyed these, and the radios are operating normally on the ISS. The most recent ARISS-Russia SSTV event commemorated the historic success of Sputnik on October 4, 1957. This recent SSTV event began on October 4, 2020 and stopped for a while on October 5 due to a cargo vehicle’s arrival. Afterwards, downlinks began again, finishing on October 8. Some emails were received regarding a bit of distortion of images. There was a computer issue and a re-start of the software solved the problem. Sergey Samburov commented that he thought some fonts for the wording were a little too small, and these will be larger in the future. He thanked all who assisted with SSTV sessions. He especially thanked the Polish ARISS team for the handsome diplomas that participants receive for successfully downloading and posting images.
The next SSTV session should celebrate the November 2000 communications passes using the ARISS radio system for the first time ever not long after the crew first arrived on the ISS. This was on November 13, 2000 between astronaut Bill Shepherd, Lou McFadin and Frank Bauer, and Sergey Samburov and Sergey Krikalev. The team will prepare images for this upcoming session. In December there might be some pre-planned 30-minute sessions for the crew to be on the radio over Europe, US, Japan, and Russia and maybe by December a crew member from Japan will be onboard.
4. Overview of Process for Election of ARISS-International Officers—Chet Latawiec, VE3CFK
Summary: ARISS-Canada Delegate Chet Latawiec will give a short review of the steps involved in the process for the upcoming election of ARISS-International Officers.
Discussion: Chet Latawiec reviewed for meeting attendees that ARISS-International officers are elected every two years. Traditionally, ARISS-Canada has handled the ARISS election process. Two years ago Bertus Husken took care of this process because Chet Latawiec and Glenn MacDonell had very recently been named as ARISS Delegates and were still in learning mode about all of ARISS’s aspects. Chet Latawiec has planned this year’s elections and will accept nominations of individuals for ARISS-International Chair, ARISS-International Vice Chair, and ARISS-International Secretary-Treasurer for the term of January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022. Current officers are ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, ARISS-International Vice Chair Oliver Amend, and ARISS-International Secretary-Treasurer Rosalie White. Chet Latawiec will share his email address for people to submit nominations; email your nominations to him before December 14, 2020 when nominations will be closed. Voting will take place on December 15, 2020 at the December ARISS-International Meeting.
- IORS operations—Kenneth Ransom reviewed that the new ARISS InterOperable Radio System was installed in the Columbus module in early September 2020 and initially, Chris Cassidy set it up in crossband repeater mode. That continued for one month in addition to support for ARISS school contacts. Cassidy transitioned the radio to ARISS packet without a problem. After the SpaceX Crew 1 astronauts arrive, they can make further mode changes.
- 20-year ARISS Commemoration--What ARISS Regions plan for Celebrating Accomplishments—Frank Bauer talked about some of ARISS-Russia’s and ARISS-US’s plans and that some information was received from ARISS-Japan. With no nominations submitted for a committee, each ARISS Region will work on its own commemoration of the 20 years. An upcoming ARISS-US event is Frank Bauer presenting on October 22 at the ISS Research & Development Conference as part of a panel session on 20 years of ISS STEM education. ARISS was asked to be on this panel and show a video about ARISS STEM education. One item to be touted will be the ARISS team’s worldwide collaboration.
- ARISS SSTV Awards—Armand Budzianowski reported that the ARISS team in Poland received 2,675 award applications for the ARISS-Russia SSTV session and 2,400 different people sent them messages. Early on in distributing diplomas, an error was spotted in a cosmonaut’s surname; those diplomas were re-made and re-sent with unique ID. If images could be prepared a week early, more careful proofreading could be done. To assist, cosmonaut information will be sent earlier by Sergey Samburov. In one week’s time, 2,618 SSTV awards were issued, and over 10% were non-hams. The team received many messages from youths participating, and over 70 participants used an RTL-SDR and over 15 used WebSDRs to receive the SSTV signals. Armand Budzianowski thanked Sergey Samburov and all team members collaborating on this session. Frank Bauer thanked everyone who always make the awards possible and especially the ARISS team in Poland for their great support.
- Eric Oosterbaan asked if ARISS web information on status of the new radio’s mode of operation could be expanded in order to plan public outreach and demonstrations. Kenneth Ransom said www.ariss.org has a tab titled General Contacts->Current Status of the ISS Stations, and when the team learns the crew has found time to switch the ARISS radio mode for the team, this information is updated. Presently, the ISS crew needs to switch modes for each ARISS radio. The Operations Team will discuss this, and for future hardware, wants to design interfaces to allow the ARISS radios to be remotely controlled.
- Glenn MacDonnell asked about future AReX discussions. Frank Bauer explained that ARISS continues to learn more from the space agencies regarding payload interfaces and payload planning. Also, it appears a Gateway opportunity for AReX has moved from 2024 to 2026. ARISS expecs to get more information on payload interfaces in the next few months and will resume regular meetings again.
Frank Bauer thanked attendees for taking part in the October ARISS-International Meeting and also thanked interpreter Greg Khashin.
The next meeting will be November 17, 2020. The US time change is November 1, 2020, so the ARISS-International meeting on November 17 will be at 1200 UTC.
Rosalie White, K1STO
October 22, 2020