Go To Meeting/Teleconference
June 15, 2021 – 1100 UTC
Interpreter: Irina Nechaeva
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank opened the meeting by thanking everyone for all they are doing during these days when the pandemic continues. There is good news that that the Covid rates are coming down in some regions, but unfortunately not in other regions. We continue to monitor these rates for any impact on upcoming ARISS contacts. Frank reminded everyone that if a contact wants a direct or telebridge contact they must submit a waiver request promptly. Some of the contacts coming up soon need to get their waivers in soon. We are trying to make sure that everyone involved in an ARISS contact is safe – students, hams, faculty, public.
Frank continued by saying he’d like to give special recognition and his heartfelt thanks to John Kludt for keeping the ARISS program alive during these pandemic days from developing the multipoint telebridge option to handling the waiver requests for a year and a half. Frank thanked all involved in helping with this program.
We will talk about a resumption of the annual Face to Face meeting in 2022 at next week’s Ear to Ear meeting.
Martha had sent the Minutes of the May 2021 meeting to the attendees last week to read over. Glenn MacDonell made a motion to accept the Minutes. Gaston Bertels seconded that motion which was then approved. The Minutes are to be sent to Carol Jackson to be posted on the ARISS-I website.
2. Ear to Ear Meeting
Oliver Amend reminded attendees that reports for the Ear-to-Ear meeting are due now and should be placed in the Drop Box. He then went over the schedule for next week’s Ear to Ear meeting.
Tuesday is Welcome Day and will feature reports about crew training.
Wednesday is Education Day and will focus on education projects from ISS National Labs. There will be report on the ESA Education program Radio@ISS working group and presentation of some SSTV experiment ideas. Spaceflight hardware developments will also be discussed on this day, with connections on enhancing ARISS educational impact.
Thursday, the focus is on Operations – Ops 2.0. There will be a look at how covid is still impacting operations and how we can continue to adapt to it. Included will be the radio reception experiences for the IORS equipment and SSTV events.
Friday will be a wrap up day.
If anyone would like to have input in this proposed Ear to Ear schedule, please let Oliver know.
The relaxation of pandemic protocols should enable us to meet in person again next year. Attendees were asked to think about where they would like to have this meeting.
Frank said he would send everyone the link to put items in the Drop Box. He continued by encouraging folks to get their reports in the Drop Box so that attendees can read the items before the daily meetings.
Each day of the Ear to Ear meetings will begin at 1100 UTC, the regular start time for ARISS-I meetings. Duration is targeted for max 3 hours.
There are no meetings on Monday.
Sergey was asked if he received images for the June SSTV transmissions and if those images were okay. Sergey said that yes, he received the images and he is impressed with their beauty – exactly what he wanted. He added “you have my gratitude for doing such a great job.” Some of the ISS images will be used to make the awards. Oliver thanked Armand and his team for providing the images. Many photographs were provided by representatives from all 5 regions to make the final selections of the 12 SSTV images to be used.
Jan asked Oliver if ESA will have a presentation on SSTV again this year. Yes, Oliver said, persons are on stand by to do this again this year.
Ciaran asked John about the status of the waiver request for the Vinca school in France. John asked that the folks in charge of this ARISS event to get their waiver request materials to him today. If not, they will be shifted to a multipoint telebridge.
Frank pointed out to Shizuo that there are some contacts scheduled soon for schools and groups in Japan but the officers have not received any waiver requests. Shizuo said he will send them in soon.
Bertus asked Oliver about the ARISS European board elections. Oliver said that the board is expected to be re-elected with the exception of one person who is retiring. Oliver thanked Jean-Pierre Courjaud for his long-time support as Technical Counselor. New candidates for that position have been nominated and election process is ongoing.
Armand says that he and his team are ready to release diplomas for the recent ARISS June SSTV event.
The next monthly ARISS-I meeting will be on July 20, 2021.