July 16, 2019, 1100 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Unable to attend:
Eskil Van Loosdrecht
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer welcomed team members to the July meeting. He congratulated Chet Latawiec and Glenn MacDonell for their excellent work hosting the 2019 ARISS-International Face-to-face Meeting in Montreal. They spent a large amount of time on planning, and they coordinated many items with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The result was an outstanding meeting of team members from all five ARISS Regions, allowing for very good team interchanges and an enjoyable group dinner. Equally important was the quality interaction ARISS had with CSA.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: The minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on June 18, 2019 were finalized by Rosalie White on July 1, 2019. A review was completed on July 15, 2019, and the file was distributed to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: Rosalie White made a motion to accept the finalized minutes. Glenn MacDonell seconded the motion. The file of minutes distributed by Rosalie White was accepted by ARISS Delegates and Carol Jackson will post them on the ARISS web site.
2. Review of 2019 Face-to-face Meeting, Montreal, Canada—Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA and Chet Latawiec, VE3CFK
Summary: The ARISS-Canada Delegates planned and carried out a highly successful annual ARISS-International meeting at the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal. It had been 17 years since ARISS had met at CSA. Everything went smoothly for the delegates meeting, 26-28 June and for the hardware meeting on 25 June.
Discussion: Chet Latawiec commented that the CSA Conference Center was an excellent facility for holding the annual ARISS meeting and each day’s plans were carried out exceptionally well. He was happy that Steve and Lori MacFarlane could be there to give a talk and he was pleased that the transfer to ARISS-Russia of two JVC Kenwood D-710GA radios was facilitated at the meeting.
Glenn MacDonell stated that CSA’s support of the annual meeting will help strengthen ARISS’s ability to work on many things with the agency. The meeting provided a great chance for team members to discuss things together and learn more from presentations. Tony Pellerin and Mirielle Rochon gave ARISS a great deal of support. It was a major plus to have a presentation given by Ken Podwalski, the program manager for CSA’s Lunar Gateway program. Currently, there is a lot of interest in space; a recent Canadian national news item covered Canada’s plans for going to the moon, Mr. Podwalski was interviewed, and CSA’s role with rovers in addition to robotic arms, was explained.
Chet Latawiec and Glenn MacDonell were very pleased to have been able to support this year’s annual meeting.
Frank Bauer said that Ken Podwalski helped ARISS because he gave CSA’s perspective on Gateway. The world space agencies are trying to determine exploration plans and are unclear what will come first, a Gateway program or a Lunar surface program, and recently transformed Lunar Gateway plans into Phase 1 and Phase 2. ARISS needs to plan to support both Gateway and Lunar surface programs.
Tony Hutchison reported that the Montreal GoToMeeting audio was very good, allowing him to interact well with attendees. Frank Bauer said this happened with the great help of Chet Latawiec, Glenn MacDonell, CSA, and its AV expert.
Rosalie White said that CSA and its staff made everything seem easy and ensured the team felt welcomed and very comfortable.
Shizuo Endo thanked Chet and Vera Latawiec and son Jeremy for helping with and monitoring the transportation to and from meetings and meals for all. They volunteered to host Sergey Samburov for three days after the meetings, including Canada Day, and he thoroughly enjoyed himself.
Frank Bauer said the technical panel session on near misses, etcetera, was excellent. Team members should ensure they access the Dropbox link – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s5rq4p0whry6weg/AAA3UqdseEanl7m4VsgY5CZua?dl=0 --
and see the presentation, along with all other meeting reports and presentations. The team is continuing the panel session discussion with Frank Bauer and Oliver Amend as co-leads. On their behalf, John Kludt will email items to the team and aid with the day-to-day interest in the topic. He and Carol Jackson will forward surveys to the involved team members and collect responses.
Photos from Montreal taken by FrankBauer are in the Dropbox folder and others can contact him to get access to upload their photos.
3. Transfer of JVC Kenwood D-710GA to Sergey Samburov/ARISS-Russia—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR and Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: The transfer of two JVC Kenwood D-710GA radios by Shin Aota to Sergey Samburov / ARISS-Russia will be discussed.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov is in Spain giving talks on Konstantin Tsiolkovsky’s historical perspective on inhabiting space. In his place, Frank Bauer explained that the ARISS meeting in Montreal gave the team the perfect opportunity to transfer two JVC Kenwood D-710GA radios and cables to Sergey Samburov. One radio will be launched to the ISS and the other is for training crew members. Frank Bauer thanked Chet Latawiec for handling the steps needed to get the radios through Customs, including required documents. Sergey Samburov experienced no Customs issues and there were no Customs fees. He will install the special Russian cable that will connect to the 28 VDC receptacle on the Russian Service Module. He will inform the team about potential manifesting of the hardware on a future flight to the ISS.
Testing of the IORS
Lou McFadin was taking part in the telecon meeting from Johnson Space Center. He and Kerry Banke, in concert with the NASA test and certification team, had supported the first day of a week of power quality testing of the IORS to verify that it will not introduce harmful signals back into the ISS power system. Acoustic tests will be performed, also, to ensure fan noise, produced by the radio and power supply fans, is sufficiently low enough not to impact the overall noise level on the ISS. Successful completion of these tests is a key milestone in preparing the IORS for launch. Lou and Kerry will learn what final things must be done for manifesting the system. This includes a lot of preparation of documents about the testing.
Four days of the week of July 8, the IORS completed tests to successfully pass EMI and EMC, providing assurance that the system did not interfere with ISS systems or other payloads. The test included multiple 360-volt pulses into the IORS over the period of many minutes.
Lou McFadin and Kerry Banke will need to go to Johnson Space Center one more time for another week. This trip will be for power quality and acoustic tests on the flight unit to ensure it meets all international requirements before the radio can be declared ready for the ISS. ARISS expects the IORS to be launch ready near the end of 2019.
Graham Shirville asked what terminology ARISS is calling its Lunar planning right now as ESA had been using the term, “Lunar Gateway.” Frank Bauer said currently, the name for the technical team is Amateur Radio Exploration, AREx and ham radio exploration is one piece being studied. The part that involves a Lunar orbiting space station is called Gateway. ARISS’s exploration activity will cover all Lunar and Lunar vicinity activity, including Lunar surface operations. Currently, no one knows what will come first, Gateway or Lunar surface activity. ARISS must position itself to support both. The frequencies and power requirements will be different for Gateway and Lunar vicinity activities, but some parts of what might be used have already been conceptualized or built by ARISS and AMSAT international. The HamTV-2 concept could be one capability. DVB-S and various Codecs will be leveraged. Glenn MacDonell said ARISS must be flexible, and for instance, could possibly use the Ham-TV concept to do ISS flight validation checks for Gateway or Lunar vehicles.
As was reported in Montreal’s meeting, ARISS will work with NASA on utilization to manifest a ham radio system on Gateway. But ARISS was told that the highest probability of getting the radio system on board is to build the hardware and make it available as soon as possible. This was not an open invitation for ARISS to be part of Gateway or Lunar vicinity activity, but it means ARISS and AMSAT international must put emphasis on building hardware sooner than later.
The next meeting will be August 20, 2019.
Rosalie White, K1STO
July 17, 2019