September 17, 2019, 1100 UTC
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Eskil Van Loosdrecht
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer recognized Gaston Bertels for his many years of outstanding service to ARISS and his friendship to so many ARISS team members, and congratulated him on his birthday All of the work of each team member is appreciated. We all have important team duties to be done.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: The minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on August 20, 2019 were finalized by Rosalie White on August 22, 2019. A review was completed on September 16, 2019 and the file was distributed to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: Gaston Bertels made a motion to accept the finalized minutes distributed by Rosalie White. Glenn MacDonell seconded the motion. There were no further comments; the minutes were accepted and Carol Jackson will post them on the ARISS web site.
2. AReX (Amateur Radio Exploration)—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO & Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: The AReX team is meeting regularly and moving forward with many discussions on Lunar Gateway and other Lunar opportunities.
Discussion: Frank Bauer recalled discussions from the 2019 meeting in Montreal on possible Lunar Gateway opportunities and the AReX team is continuing work on those. However, there are other possibilities for ARISS to consider, ones that may happen earlier than Gateway. The AReX team is talking about some of the ones that could help lead to future Gateway work, and one is that NASA announced solicitations for 6U and 12U CubeSats. For comparison purposes, 12u is 4 times the size of the Russian satellites that Sergey Samburov has reported on to the team. The 6U and 12U CubeSats would fly on Artemis 2, which will have humans onboard circling the moon several times before returning to Earth. The trajectory of Artemis 2 would allow for CubeSat operation in the Lunar vicinity, and if ARISS had such a CubeSat, operating through it could provide very useful information for developing future ARISS Gateway modules. The AMSAT and ARISS communities are discussing the feasibility of this opportunity.
Oliver Amend stated that the AReX team is meeting twice a month. One major topic the team is discussing is the architecture ARISS might need, and Ciaran Morgan made a drawing to facilitate those discussions. The team is focusing on all Lunar opportunities in addition to Gateway and also a CubeSat, as mentioned. ARISS needs to design a system that is operable both autonomously and by the crew. The AReX team will provide updates to ARISS International as more develops.
3. Update, 2020 ARISS-International Face-to-Face Meeting in Germany--Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: At the 2019 Montreal meeting, the ARISS Team was led by Oliver Amend in a discussion about meeting in Germany for the 2020 annual ARISS-International Face-to-face meeting. He has been pulling together more details for this.
Discussion: Oliver Amend reminded the team that in Montreal, it was agreed that the 2020 face-to-face meeting will take place in the Munich region of Germany on 22-25 June. He said a visit might be arranged to the ESA Columbus Control Center in Oberpfaffenhofen.
Holding the meeting in Munich offers the opportunity to individual ARISS team members to attend (on their own) the HAM Radio 2020 activities in Friedrichshafen on 26-28 June. The distance from Munich to Friedrichshafen is 160 kilometers. The ARISS-Europe team will have a small exhibit booth featuring ARISS at HAM Radio 2020 and ARISS team members will give presentations there.
Frank Bauer stated that the Technik Museum Speyer, an aerospace technical museum in Speyer, Germany (a four-hour drive) was worthwhile if individuals want to visit on their own, as well. It features many engineering models of aerospace items, such as the Russian space shuttle. He thanked Oliver Amend for his leadership in compiling information and options for the 2020 meeting in Germany.
Bertus Husken offered his assistance to Oliver Amend for helping to plan meeting details. Gianpietro Ferrario said he might be able to help with transportation for the meeting, such as, to and from the hotel.
4. Status, InterOperable Radio System (IORS)—Lou McFadin, W5DID
Summary: At the August meeting, the team heard details on the tests verifying that the InterOperable Radio System (IORS) was compatible with various NASA requirements. NASA tests were three-fold and the first was RF tests verifying the IORS could withstand the EMI and EMC requirements. The second set of tests verified the ARISS system was compatible with the voltages of the three different ISS power sources. The third set of tests was on acoustics, noise from the fans. The team is now assembling the actual flight units for the Columbus module and the Russian Service Module. After that, abbreviated tests for EMI/EMC and acoustics will be done at NASA Johnson Space Center for final certification
Discussion: Kerry Banke and Lou McFadin have been doing more testing in order to compile data on sound pressure levels to ensure the IORS meets the ISS acoustics requirements. NASA loaned sound pressure test equipment to ARISS for Kerry Banke to verify that the ARISS flight units can be allowed to operate every day, all day long. NASA’s sound requirements are very stringent.
The team is assembling connectors and cables for the front end of the IORS. Yet to come is final testing in November of the first actual flight unit. Also to be completed is the final safety review (Phase III), which will be in December.
Gaston Bertels gave his congratulations to the hardware team on the testing successes and for accomplishing so much.
Frank Bauer reported that the team is looking at SpaceX 20 in March 2020 for possibly launching the IORS.
1. The next SSTV session may be in late October. Many activities will occupy ARISS-Russia before that, such as launches taking place earlier in the month and all of the commemorative events celebrating the 60th anniversary of the flight of Sputnik in October 1957. Kenneth Ransom added that there will be 11 spacewalks between now and December and these can sometimes cause a change in plans for the date of ARISS SSTV events.
Oliver Amend gave Armand Budzianowski’s polished team in Poland a big thank you on behalf of ARISS International. Many people around the world love his team’s awards and post images of the awards online to display their achievement of downloading the SSTV images. Handling the awards is very important work that enables many people to learn about ham radio and ARISS.
2. ARISS received outstanding news a few days ago. Amateur Radio Digital Communications, a group on the West Coast of the United States decided to award a very nice donation to ARISS that will cover design, development, and fabrication of a number of the IORS flight units. The award donation is in recognition of all of ARISS-International’s work. The funds do not cover all costs of the IORS, but significantly helps with the expenses.
3. Oliver Amend reported on the ARISS paper being prepared for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). The paper will cover the IORS and Lunar Gateway. The document is being written with support from ARISS-US Education Committee members, and will be submitted to IAC very soon. Authors are Oliver Amend, Frank Bauer, Joanne Michael, and Kathy Lamont.
4. Tony Hutchison asked for a discussion on how Australian school applications for ARISS are moved forward. The Australian team feels it is important to have a way for them to review the paperwork early in order to be aware of these schools and contact them very soon after they are known about by ARISS-Japan. Tony Hutchison or Shane Lynd could submit the information to Charlie Sufana. Frank Bauer mentioned that the ARISS Terms of Reference state that each ARISS Region has a person who receives the pertinent applications and proposals, but that ARISS should discuss options for ensuring the Australian team knows quickly about the Australian applications. Satoshi Yasuda said he could forward the information to Australia once he receives it.
5. Armand Budzianowski would like to discuss the use of the ARISS logo and said it is not always used tastefully and sometimes it is distorted. Frank Bauer stated that the team will discuss this at a future ARISS meeting.
6. Tony Hutchison asked about time changes in regard to the next ARISS meeting. Rosalie White reported that in the US, the time does not change until November 3 and would not affect the October meeting.
The next meeting will be October 15, 2019.
Rosalie White, K1STO
September 26, 2019