ARISS International Monthly Meeting Teleconference
July 21, 2020 – 1100 UTC
Interpreters: Alexandra Tussing, Irina Yashkova
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Attendance—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer welcomed attendees to the first monthly meeting using GoToMeeting and thanked everyone for participating.
- Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO & Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: Rosalie White took the minutes at the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on June 16, 2020, and forwarded the document on June 20, 2020 to the other ARISS-International Officers, Frank Bauer and Oliver Amend for review. The review was completed on July 18, 2020 and the file was distributed that day to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: Rosalie White related the dates the minutes were distributed and said no one replied with issues, so she was able to make the motion to accept. Both Stefan Dombrowski and Bertus Husken seconded the motion. There were no objections and the minutes were accepted.
2. Wrap-up of the Ear-to-ear ARISS-International Meetings--Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: A short status on updates from the ARISS-International Annual Meeting will be given. This will include statuses on how the three new ARISS-International sub-committees are progressing (ARISS-International Operations 2.0 Sub-committee, ARISS-International ToR Sub-committee, ARISS-International Internet-based Telebridge Sub-committee).
Discussion: Oliver Amend reported that the ARISS-International ToR Sub-committee will be headed by Graham Shirville, the ARISS-International Operations 2.0 Sub-committee is being led by Will Marchant, and the ARISS-International Internet-based Telebridge Sub-committee leader is John Kludt. Sergey Samburov will think about who from ARISS-Russia can help him with the work for the sub-committees. Oliver Amend stated that there is no representative yet from ARISS-Canada on the ARISS-International Operations 2.0 Sub-committee: Frank Bauer will follow-up on this. He thanked the new leaders of the sub-committees.
Frank Bauer reported on the ARISS-International Operations 2.0 Sub-committee. He said activities have been focused on converting operations to the eventual use of a set of new tools with new capabilities. ARISS needs a good information technology computer infrastructure using the right servers and the right software tools. Right now, a second focus of the committee is on email reflectors using an ariss.org capability. To be able to afford the cost of this, ARISS must move off the current server to a new one. This would allow team members to have ariss.org email addresses. Once these changes are completed, Will Marchant will schedule the first committee meeting.
For the ARISS-International ToR Sub-committee, Graham Shirville wanted confirmation on the work process to follow. Frank Bauer said the first step is for each ARISS Region’s committee representatives to agree on a document of changes required in the ToR or comments and ideas. Each region’s document would be submitted to the ARISS-International ToR Sub-committee. That committee will review each of these documents and meet 1 to 3 times for discussions. The committee should develop a report and a preliminary ToR for the ARISS-International meeting on August 18, 2020. A final ToR should be available for the ARISS-International meeting on September 15, 2020 for ARISS Delegates to vote on it. Oliver Amend displayed a chart from the ear-to-ear meeting showing the timeline and committee members who are: Glenn MacDonell; Graham Shirville with aid from Bertus Husken, Oliver Amend, and Francesco DePaolis; Shizuo Endo; and Rosalie White with aid from Frank Bauer and Dave Taylor.
Emanuele D’Andria raised a question about ARISS-Europe input to the ToR and spoke about difficulty in defining member societies because over the years, some change. Oliver Amend confirmed that Francesco DePaolis’s comments had been received along with others’ ideas, and he was compiling these. He replied that ARISS-Europe committee members will discuss Emanuele D’Andria’s concerns. Frank Bauer explained that ARISS knows that all ARISS Regions except ARISS-Europe have one IARU society and one national AMSAT society. The challenge for ARISS-Europe is having multiple national societies and needing to work that out among themselves internally prior to providing input to the full ARISS-International ToR Sub-committee. Rosalie White agreed, and suggested that the Europeans have the best understanding of those societies to make decisions about them. Frank Bauer thanked Emanuele D’Andria for his comments.
3. Commemorating the ARISS 20th Anniversary—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: Frank Bauer will discuss a two-pronged action plan for commemorating ARISS’s 20 years of activity. The first part of the commemoration will be in early November. Because ARISS was the very first payload on the ISS, ARISS’s first prong of celebration will be tied to the 20th anniversary celebration of the ISS. Space agency/ISS celebrations will receive a lot of media attention and ARISS will be part of that. ARISS’s second prong of celebration will run from mid-November to December and will be focused on the start of ARISS operations (November 13, 2000) and the first ARISS school contact (December 21, 2000).
Frank Bauer will ask who wants to be part of the subcommittee to plan the anniversary commemorations.
Discussion: Frank Bauer requested that each ARISS Regions’ Delegates nominate someone to decide on ideas for what ARISS can do to commemorate its 20th anniversary. He would like names by July 28, 2020. He said this team will compile ARISS’s accomplishments of 2000 to 2020, prioritizing these into one-page files with graphics. Topics for a page could be launches, hardware developments, operations, experiments such as MarconISSta, unique initiatives, and education. For education, it would be very impressive to showcase particular students who have gone on to accomplish great things in STEM. The committee will suggest special commemorative events such as an SSTV session, a special call sign for use by ISS crew members, and more. The final project would be to develop a one-page file with graphics and it would highlight the entire ARISS program.
Shizuo Endo stated that Keigo Komuro will represent ARISS-Japan. Sergey Samburov replied that he will represent ARISS-Russia. Frank Bauer will contact Glenn MacDonell and Chet Latawiec for a name of an ARISS-Canada team member.
The next ARISS-International meeting will be August 18, 2020.
Rosalie White, K1STO
July 22, 2020