February 18, 2020 - 1200 UTC
Interpreter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer welcomed everyone to the meeting. He thanked team members working across the broad spectrum of ARISS activities around the world for all the things the team accomplishes. He said ARISS had a successful week with an outstanding Phase 3 Safety Review that he would provide more details on, later in the telecon.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: The minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on January 21, 2019 were finalized by Rosalie White on January 26, 2019. A review was completed on February 6, 2020; the file was distributed to ARISS Delegates on February 7, 2020. Also, December meeting minutes were sent to Delegates to approve via email.
Discussion: Final review of the December meeting minutes did not take place until shortly before the January meeting and delegates did not have time to read the December minutes in order to vote at the telecon. So Frank Bauer asked ARISS Delegates to give approval later, by email. Rosalie White canvassed delegates by email right after the meeting. She received enough replies of approval for acceptance and asked Carol Jackson to post these December meeting minutes.
The January meeting minutes were completed February 6, 2020, and were reviewed by Frank Bauer and Oliver Amend on February 7, 2020. Rosalie White distributed those minutes that day to delegates. Gaston Bertels moved to accept the January minutes and Glenn MacDonell seconded the motion. There were no comments and the team accepted the January meeting minutes. They will be posted by Carol Jackson.
2. Status on Scheduled ARISS Operations -Frank Bauer, KA3HDO; Sergey Samburov, RV3DR; Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO
Summary: The ARISS team has worked since December 2019 to resolve a certification issue for Drew Morgan who isn’t authorized to use the Russian segment’s amateur radio. An on-orbit certification activity is in the works; once it is completed it would allow him to use the Russian segment radio. The Columbus radio is intermittent, unusable for school events, so until the certification activity is completed, school events planned for Morgan to support are being deferred.
Discussion: The team received notification that Drew Morgan had not gotten training or certification in Russia to operate the Russian Segment radio station. At the face-to-face meeting in College Park, MD, the team had discussed that crew members planning to operate the radio in the Russian Segment would receive Sergey Samburov’s training in Russia before launching to the ISS. Due to Morgan’s flight schedule being accelerated, there was not enough time for him to receive training. In late 2019, Sergey Samburov began an effort to train Morgan onboard the ISS. Sergey Samburov led a training session with the assistance of Oleg Skripochka onboard the ISS. With training complete, Morgan has certification to use the Russian Segment radio station. Sergey Samburov will send the Russian certificate to Frank Bauer as confirmation.
Frank Bauer thanked Sergey Samburov for his hard work and diligence so that Drew Morgan can now host ARISS contacts.
3. Follow-up, SSTV Award Planning - Sergey Samburov, RV3DR & Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: A follow-up will be presented on SSTV awards, including award planning for ARISS events and MAI events.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov reiterated that people had been issuing awards for ARISS activities without coordinating with ARISS. He believes awards should be coordinated, especially because the diplomas have the ARISS logo on them. He thanked ARISS team member Armand Budzianowski for his enthusiasm and hard work, and for the work of all of Slawek Szymanowski’s team. Sergey Samburov said these awards are beautiful and everyone likes them.
Oliver Amend asked if Dmitry Pashkov was submitting awards only for MAI SSTV sessions, since ARISS-Russia SSTV award activity is handled by Armand Budzianowski and Slawek Szymanowski’s team. Sergey Samburov confirmed that this is correct and that Dmitry Pashkov will coordinate with ARISS-Russia.
Oliver Amend reported that he is talking with the people who distribute the Argentinian ARISS-related award. This award has somewhat different requirements from the MAI-related award and the Polish team’s diploma.
Armand Budzianowski asked what type of information and statistics would be good feedback for his team to collect for ARISS. Frank Bauer said ARISS will discuss what feedback would be useful to gather.
- Update, InterOperable Radio Systems (IORS) – Lou McFadin, W5DID & Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Lou McFadin said the next activity will be answering engineering questions from NASA and receiving approval for flight operations.
- 2020 ARISS-International Annual Face-to-face Meeting – Oliver Amend, DG6BCE [These plans may very well change.]
Oliver Amend prepared two files showing the timetable for June 22-28; Rosalie White distributed these to the team on February 17. He will send an overview and a booklet of information regarding all logistics for the face-to-face meeting. Glenn MacDonell asked when hotel information will be sent to the team; the answer was in the next few days. For people who wish to arrive a little early, the hotel will offer the ARISS special rate on Saturday June 20 through Friday June 26.
- Ham-TV – Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Frank Bauer thanked Olga Moncuquet for her excellent interpretation support.
The next meeting will be March 17, 2020 at 1100 UTC (the time change in the US is on March 8).
Rosalie White, K1STO
February 21, 2020