Go To Meeting/Teleconference
July 20, 2021 – 1100 UTC
Interpreter: Irina Yashkova
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank opened the meeting by welcoming Masanobu and thanking him for attending today’s meeting despite this being a very busy time at JAXA. He suggested that someday Masanobu could do a presentation on the education programs at JAXA.
Frank expressed condolences to those in Germany and Belgium impacted by the recent flooding. “Our hearts and thoughts are with you.”
Frank pointed out that today’s meeting is being held on an historic day, the day that humans first stepped on the surface of the moon. International cooperation made that landing possible and international cooperation will enable future human slights to the moon.
From last month’s Ear to Ear: Future activities, such as expanding the involvement of astronauts in our program, is expected to include some private sector astronauts. Astronauts flying on upcoming Axiom missions are being talked with about working with our program. Nothing is complete yet but things seem to be heading in a positive direction. There is more information to come. Frank is excited about extending our reach into these private programs. Frank is hoping that these private astronauts will engage with ARISS similar to how Richard Garriott got involved during his mission.
Frank announced that the Minutes of the June meeting are not available to release at this time. They will be sent to attendees when they are ready. Comments will be incorporated in them before they are posted on the ARISS-I website.
2. 2022 ARISS-I In Person Meeting Priority Recommendation
Oliver asked “where to do we want to meet” for the 2022 ARISS-I Face to Face meeting. There are two locations being considered. (1) ESTEC in the Netherlands sometime between March and mid-May, when the tulips are blooming. (2) Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida (USA) possibly when a launch of a rocket is scheduled.
ARISS-I delegates were asked to vote but before the vote began Sergey announced that he is in strong favor of going to the Kennedy Space Center. He said that ‘a sustained history of space exploration’ is there.
ARISS-I Canada: The delegates cast one vote for ESTEC and one vote for KSC.
ARISS-I Europe: Two of the four delegates were absent from today’s meeting so each of the delegates present cast two votes. Two votes were cast for ESTEC and two votes were cast for KSC.
ARISS-I Russia: Two votes were cast for KSC.
ARISS-I Japan: Two votes were cast for ESTEC.
ARISS-I USA: Two votes were cast for KSC.
This made a final vote of 7 votes for KSC and 5 votes for ESTEC.
Frank said that the majority has voted to go to KSC. We will need a team to handle this in 2022. The team will need to pick the dates of the meeting and report back at the next ARISS-I meeting. Lou added “Covid gets the final vote.”
Frank said that we need to check with NASA and others about holding this meeting at KSC. KSC is our top choice and ESTEC is plan B. Plan C will be another Ear to Ear meeting if the Covid pandemic continues.
We will talk more about this next month.
3. SSTV Wrap Up
Sergey expressed his thanks for those involved in the recent SSTV program. He said that we are “enjoying the success of this outstanding event because we work as one family.” Assistance to get images was wonderful. This was a group achievement and we should continue this program. However, due to an upcoming Russian rocket launch, the crew will not be available to help with this for the next two months.
Sergey thanked Frank and the Canada team for providing a computer adapter for the radio equipment to help with future SSTV events. Sergey thanks to all of the participants and said that a program like this shows the strength of our group.
Frank thanked Sergey for the SSTV activity. Oliver extended his thanks as well to the astronauts and cosmonauts. Armand, speaking for himself and for Slavek, expressed his thanks for everyone involved in the SSTV program.
Armand said that 2900 awards were sent at the conclusion of the recent SSTV event. The first two went to the cosmonauts on the ISS. Many awards were sent to folks in Europe. Awards were sent to folks on six continents. Armand showed some of the comments he received. In general, folks said that we’re doing a good job with this program and that our efforts are appreciated.
Oliver added that 11,776 images were received and reviewed for this SSTV event and he thanks those who went through all those images.
Rosalie added her thanks to Will Marchant and the US team. Will, his wife, Anne, and her mother, as well as several others on our team, reviewed those images.
Frank said that this event was absolutely fantastic and truly an international event. Images came in from all regions. This is a very exciting event that we do for the ham community, youth, and the general public.
Oliver proposed the establishment of an SSTV Experimental Committee for ground based SSTV in the Columbus module. We need to structure this committee to organize the work so that the workers do not get overwhelmed. We need to stand up the committee and he is looking for volunteers. Oliver will act as organizer of this committee for the first meeting and there are some folks already involved such as Armand, Jan, and John. Oliver asked folks to send an email to the ARISS-I officers if they would like to get involved with this committee. The first meeting of this committee will be in the middle of next week. Bertus asked when and where this meeting will be. Oliver replied that this info will be sent to all folks on the committee as well as the folks on the ARISS-I email list.
There were no items for the Ad Hoc portion of this meeting.
Frank concluded this meeting by saying that we had a great meeting today.
The next ARISS-I meeting will be on August 17 at 1100 UTC.