October 15, 2019, 1100 UTC
Interpeter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer thanked everyone on the ARISS team for the amazing work they are doing. He said he learns something new every day that team members are doing.
On behalf of the ARISS team, Frank Bauer expressed condolences to Sergey Samburov on the death, October 11, of Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first person to conduct a spacewalk and the Soyuz commander for the Soyuz-Apollo mission. Leonov was a true hero for Russia and the world. Sergey Samburov said it is highly unusual for a lot of cosmonauts to convene in one place but almost all cosmonauts gathered together in Cosmonaut Leonov’s honor. Also, Astronaut Tom Stafford, Apollo commander for the Apollo-Soyuz mission delivered a speech at the funeral.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: The minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on September 17, 2019 were finalized by Rosalie White on September 26, 2019. A review was completed on October 9, 2019 and then the file was distributed to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: Darin Cowan made a motion to accept the finalized minutes distributed by Rosalie White. Gaston Bertels seconded the motion. There were no further comments; the minutes were accepted and Carol Jackson will post them on the ARISS web site.
2. Update, InterOperable Radio System (IORS) Acoustics Testing—Lou McFadin, W5DID
Summary: At the August monthly meeting, Lou McFadin reported that he and Kerry Banke were running more tests in order to compile data on sound pressure levels of the radio and power supply fans. NASA loaned sound pressure test equipment to ARISS to verify that the ARISS flight units meet NASA’s strict standards and can operate every day, all day long. These tests are ongoing, and the team will hear an update. Yet to come is final testing in November of the first actual flight equipment. Also to be completed is the final safety review (Phase III) in December.
Discussion: Lou McFadin reported that during the acoustics tests of the IORS in Houston, the noise level had been slightly high. These tests were performed at the highest levels in order to understand the acoustic limits. Following that, he and Kerry Banke re-tested everything using levels expected for nominal operation and re-checked the acoustics using NASA equipment. ARISS will perform a final verification of the flight system with NASA to determine if the system will be within all specifications.
The very good news is that the IORS flight unit serial number 1001 has been assembled. Final testing is taking place to ensure everything is working as expected and within the NASA and international space agency requirements.
Frank Bauer said the ARISS team recognizes the significance of this milestone--the first flight unit is operational and in final testing with a plan for readiness before the end of 2019. A launch for early in 2020 is hoped for, and could be SpaceX 20 in March 2020.
3. SSTV Events—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Summary: Sergey Samburov will discuss the next session of SSTV downlinked images.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov reported that the days for the next SSTV transmissions should be in the end of October or the beginning of November. He is considering what topic or subject would be good for this event and would like input from the team.
Bertus Husken mentioned that the audio quality of downlinks in the October 12th session was low. Sergey Samburov said the MAI-75 experiment is not his, and for his upcoming session he will ensure the volume is high on the computer.
4. ARISS L/S-Band Utilization request from Industry—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: At the 2017 and 2018 ARISS annual meetings, the ARISS team heard some details on a request from industry, proposing to use the ARISS L/S-Band Antenna for projects. Oliver Amend will present a short status to the team.
Discussion: Oliver Amend reviewed that ARISS has three antennas it had built for the ISS Columbus module: one UHF/VHF antenna and two L/S-band antennas on the nadir side. One of the L/S band antennas was connected to the HamVideo system until it was returned to Earth for repair. The other was used recently by the MarconISSta project.
ARISS was contacted by the Belgium Space Applications Services (SAS) for commercialization aspects. They had developed and operated the ICE Cubes Facility (ICF) in an ISS Columbus rack. The unit offered a commercial low-cost way to fly experiments on the ISS (see: http://www.icecubesservice.com/). SAS proposed using the ARISS L/S band antennas to expand its capabilities. At several meetings, Frank Bauer and Oliver Amend talked with SAS and ESA representatives about ARISS’s use of all antennas. This was reported at the 2017 and 2018 ARISS annual meetings and at a teleconference with ARISS Delegates, and new twists were discussed at many ARISS Officer telecons.
In early October, a formal request for cooperation was received from SAS. Based on all ARISS discussions and the new InterOperable Radio System (IORS) being deployed in the very near future that will fully utilize these antennas, Frank Bauer drafted an official ARISS position letter that Oliver Amend assisted with. They replied to SAS and ESA on 1 October 2019.
Discussion with SAS, ESA and ARISS will continue. The ARISS team will be kept informed. Frank Bauer stated that the new IORS will allow more types of ARISS operations and much more use of the L/S band antennas.
5. Update, 2020 ARISS-International Face-to-face Meeting in Germany—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE.
Summary: As discussed in Montreal, the 2020 ARISS Face-to-face Meeting will take place in the Oberpfaffenhofen / Munich region of Germany on 22-25 June, and will be organized by ARISS-Europe. Oliver Amend will provide a status report. He will begin an inquiry of participants who could attend; he
Discussion: For the next ARISS International Face-to-Face meeting, in June 2020, the location will be the DLR site in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, where the Columbus Control Center (COL-CC) is located. Oliver Amend stated that potential hotels (about 110 EUR/night including breakfast) are near there, in Neugilching and Wessling. Arriving at Munich Airport (airport identifier is MUC), team members can take the train (S-Bahn #8, 1:30 hours, 11.60 EUR). The same train line goes via Munich Main railway station (0:45 hours, 5.80 EUR) to Wessling.
The planned schedule of the week is similarly arranged to the 2019 Montréal meeting:
On Monday, 22 June 2020 the technical meeting will begin, covering IORS, HAM Video, ARISS Pi, HAM Communicator and other topics.
On Tuesday, 23 June to Thursday, 25 June be the ARISS Face-to-face meeting.
Leaving on Thursday afternoon offers interested persons the option to travel to Friedrichshafen to participate in Friday and Saturday’s HAM Radio 2020 show. Distance is 190 km / 2:20 hours drive by car or 48 EUR and 4 hours by train through wonderful countryside.
For HAM Radio 2020, ARISS plans to have an exhibition booth and to contribute several ARISS conference presentations.
For further planning of the hotel and meeting room size, Oliver Amend urgently needs to get a good estimation of the amount of participants. Team members’ responses will not be a binding participation, but planning will be different depending on if there are 40, 60, or 80 hotel rooms needed. Knowing the number will help planners get rooms in a preferred hotel at the best price.
What is important now: Oliver Amend requested that team members reply to him (firstname.lastname@example.org), before the end of October 2019 with the following:
Name / Call / email
[ ] I intend to participate to the ARISS F2F Meeting 2020
[ ] I will not be able to attend, but want to join the F2F meeting by internet
[ ] I will need a hotel room for the F2F meeting (___ persons, names: _______)
[ ] Informal: I also intend to visit the HAM Radio 2020
Oliver Amend added that suggestions and requests from ARISS team members for presentations or discussion topics are very welcome! Please address these suggestions and requests to the ARISS International officers.
Ciaran Morgan and Graham Shirville will be asked to share at the next telecon, ARISS-related information from the AMSAT-UK Colloquium.
Frank Bauer thanked Olga Moncuquet for her excellent translation services.
The next meeting will be November 19, 2019 at 1200 UTC.
Rosalie White, K1STO
October 18, 2019