Go To Meeting/Teleconference
December 21, 2021 – 1200 UTC
Interpreter: Alexandra Tussing
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked everyone for a year full of support to the ARISS program. It is good to see success from the perspective of contacts and educational activities. Thanks for everything you do for ARISS.
Roll Call—Martha took attendance by using the names shown on the GoTo Meeting screen.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer and Martha Muir
For the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on November 16, 2021, Martha Muir recorded the minutes and distributed the file to ARISS Delegates prior to this ARISS-I meeting. Gaston made a motion to accept the Minutes. Rosalie seconded that motion. The minutes was adopted without dissent.
2. ARISS Russia Regional Report – Sergey Samburov
Sergey reported that they have had a very successful year that included educational contacts every month between schools and the ISS. The current crew has been very thoughtful talking with the students about the work they are doing on the ISS.
The two cosmonauts currently on the ISS are Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov. Sergey had a meeting with them recently and thanked them on behalf of the ARISS team. The cosmonauts thank the ARISS team and wish everyone a Happy New Year.
Training and certification of the next cosmonauts and astronauts on the Russian radio equipment have been completed.
The next SSTV series will run from December 26 to December 31. The SSTV series will focus on Lunar Exploration and will feature Russian lunar probes from 1959 as well as other Lunar Exploration initiatives from the five ISS Space Agencies. One SSTV image will feature the cosmonauts and astronauts who are currently on the ISS sending New Year greetings to the folks on Earth. Sergey thanked Frank for Marty Schulman’s help in putting the SSTV images together. Commemorative certificates are being prepared for those who participate in this program.
The next year is going to be a busy year for the ISS cosmonauts and astronauts with ARISS activities, including the launching of 10 satellites (CubeSats) designed and built by students at two Russian universities. The first six will be sent to the ISS in February and deployed in April or May during an EVA. In June, four more of the satellites will be sent to the ISS to be deployed in August or September. The satellites will able to convey voice and images, including greetings in 7-8 languages. Info on how to access the satellites is being put together. It will be translated and sent out later.
Satellites sent from the Southwest State University in Kursk, Russia will have the designation Usgu-55. A protective cloth will cover those satellites as they are taken out on an EVA. This project is a joint project with ARISS. The ARISS logo will be on the QSL cards that are being designed. Southwest State University, in Kursk, Russia will make circuit board diagrams of the satellite systems that will be available for others to investigate.
Frank thanked Sergey for his great presentation.
Frank said that the planning and organization for the upcoming SSTV event is in the final stages. The slides showing significant missions to the moon will be sent out in chronological order beginning with Luna 1, Luna 2, and Luna 3 which Russia sent to the moon in 1959. The series will include the US Ranger 7, Apollo 11, Lunokhod 1, Apollo 15, the US Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the EU Large Logistics Lander, the CSA Canadarm 3 for the Lunar Gateway, and the US/EU/CA/JP Lunar Gateway plus the one with greetings from the current crew on the ISS. Marty Schulman is bringing the images together with a common template.
Oliver presented a chart for Armand. Armand and his team performed a Special Event to commemorate 20 years of continuous ARISS operations on ISS. 11 stations conducted this special event and worked on 14 bands. Special event results: Over 20,000 QSOs with over 10,000 people in 136 countries participated. While over 20,000 QSOs were, only 500 have claimed their award. This is disappointing to Armand and his team. Oliver stated that the award is still available for download and he encourages all that made a QSO to obtain their award.
Oliver thanked Armand and his team for their efforts with this project as well as the stations that helped with this special event and to all that are supporting the SSTV program.
For the upcoming Lunar Exploration SSTV event, Oliver requests that the 12 images be sent to Armand and Slawek so that awards can be created in a timely fashion.
Frank said that he will put Oliver’s/Armand’s chart in the ARISS-I presentation DropBox folder. He also reminded the team that the 20th Anniversary Special Event Awards are still available to download. Oliver agreed with Frank about that and said that it is easy to access an earned award. Frank said that he asked Armand for a paragraph with the URL about this.
Frank said that the Axiom will start flying astronauts to the ISS in 2022. Axiom will be building modules that will attach to the ISS. These modules could detach and become their own space station in the future. Axiom has been approved for two flights. It looks like there will be up to two crew members on each flight who plan to participate in the ARISS contact program. Eytan Stibbe, from Israel, and Mark Pathy, from Canada, will be aboard Axiom 1 and have expressed interest in making contacts with schools. John Schoffner, from the US, will be aboard Axiom 2. Schoffner is a ham radio operator and has also expressed interest in making ARISS contacts. Axiom 1 is planned for no earlier than late February. Axiom 2 is slated to fly in late 2022 or early 2023. Eytan has completed training on the radio equipment and earned his Amateur Radio license. John Schofner already has his license. Mark Pathy is scheduled to take his license exam in late January.
Frank said the involving Axiom with the ARISS program is part of ARISS 2.0. Rosalie thanked everyone working with Axiom on this.
Frank concluded the meeting by saying that this has been a challenging year with the ongoing pandemic yet we were able to still have ARISS contacts. Thank you to the resilient team who overcame the obstacles to make this happen.
Most importantly, Frank said, is that we are a family. We work together very well for youth.
The next meeting will begin at 1200 UTC on January 18, 2022.
Martha Muir, ARISS-I Secretary