March 19, 2019, 1100 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Eskil Van Loosdrecht
Interpreter: Alexandra Tussing
Unable to attend:
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer welcomed the team and stated that many interesting things are happening within ARISS. An example is last week’s exciting meeting held on the Exploration initiative. Space agencies are working together on Gateway systems and the ARISS team is engaged in the discussions. As with the planning of the International Space Station, the various space agencies are developing differing systems and considering varying concepts for Gateway. For instance, ARISS-Japan Delegate Masanobu Tsuji provided a beautiful video of a lander and rover that JAXA is collaborating on with Toyota; the presentation will be shared with the full ARISS team. Frank Bauer thanked all of the ARISS Delegates and team members who have been engaging in the ARISS Exploration initiative. Those who want to tie in to future meetings should email him.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: The minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on February 19, 2019 were completed by Rosalie White on February 24, 2019. After a review was completed on March 11, 2019, the minutes were distributed on March 13, 2019 to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: Glenn MacDonell made a motion to accept the minutes as written. Chet Latawiec seconded the motion. There were no objections from delegates, so the minutes were approved as written.
2. 2019 Face-to-face Meeting Plans, Canada—Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA and Chet Latawiec, VE3CFK
Summary: The ARISS-Canada Delegates will offer more information to ARISS team members regarding the 2019 face-to-face meeting at the Canadian Space Agency.
Discussion: Glenn MacDonell said a contract was signed with the hotel, and details such as telephone number will be distributed soon to Delegates. The chart pack recently emailed to the team was generic, and contained incorrect hotel information. The hotel will be one of several owned by the Alt hotel group and the URL will be shared soon. Then team members can book rooms by going online (using the ARISS booking code 1906ARISS). Once the team receives all hotel details, reservations can be made by telephone, also. After team members have booked hotel rooms, they should also email both Glenn MacDonell and Chet Latawiec so the two can track the list with the hotel. The cost for single-bed rooms is $174.00 Canadian dollars. With the current exchange rate, that is about $130.00 US dollars and 115 Euros. Rooms can be booked at any time but must be done before the 24th of May to get this special rate.
The hardware meeting will begin Tuesday morning, June 25; the ARISS delegates meeting will be Wednesday through Friday, June 26-28. The ARISS-Canada team arranged for all meetings to be held at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Conference Center.
Chet Latawiec had already sent Delegates the information on passport and visa requirements for traveling to Canada. The Canadians will send options for travelling from the Montreal Airport to the hotel. Also to be sent will be the name of the person at CSA the team must contact with certain details from passports in order to be admitted to CSA property, whether team members or the team’s family members, and this information should be sent to CSA prior to the meeting.
Frank Bauer thanked Glenn MacDonell and Chet Latawiec for their leadership in regard to handling all of the details for hosting the meeting. Carol Jackson will email a survey to ARISS team members to ask who is coming and to get airline information.
It was suggested that the Canadian team update the earlier chart pack and send it to Frank Bauer, who will send an email to the entire team that lists the URL to access the chart pack
Team members should email any further suggestions for meeting agenda items to Frank Bauer, Oliver Amend, and Rosalie White.
3. SSTV Transmissions—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Summary: An update will be given on SSTV with a discussion to be held on the need for volunteers to assist with handling submitted images. Far more images are being downloaded; people are very interested in these than in previous years.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov told the team he is planning to have SSTV images transmitted from the ISS on April 12 for Cosmonautics Day. First, however, a school contact will be on April 11. Following that, SSTV images will be transmitted April 12 through April 14. At this time, his team is collecting images. Six of the transmitted images will be from Russia and six will be from the US and Europe.
Frank Bauer said the ARISS team and many fans are looking forward to another SSTV event, and that Gaston Bertels is coordinating the collection of European images to be considered. Sergey Samburov was thanked for his leadership in planning this event.
4. Update, InterOperable Radio System--Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: Frank Bauer will present details on the great progress being made by the team on the new InterOperable Radio System and on preparations for upcoming tests.
Discussion: Frank Bauer reminded the team that many of them had seen the flight-identical unit last October at the College Park ARISS meetings. He said progress is going well in the development and manufacture of actual flight units. All circuit boards are being populated with components for all 10 units of the MultiVoltage Power Supply.
The hardware team is getting closer to having things ready for upcoming tests--EMI, power, acoustics, and magnetics. Kerry Banke and Lou McFadin would travel to Johnson Space Center (JSC) for the tests. Once those tests have successful outcomes, one more set of less intensive tests would be required at JSC for flight units prior to launch. Those tests will support verification for using the radio systems in the Columbus Module and the Russian Service Module.
Lou McFadin said this is a very intense time for the team because of all of the steps necessary for assembly and for preparing the test procedures.
Lou McFadin gave an update on the antenna the team has to build to replace the ARISS antenna that will be uninstalled when the Bartolomeo platform is attached to the Columbus Module. The new antenna elements are manufactured and coated and should be shipped back to Lou McFadin soon. He is waiting to receive the cable.
Frank Bauer reminded the team that ARISS is dealing with expensive hardware endeavors and fund-raising projects are on-going. It was suggested that team members ask friends and family to support the costs and contribute to ARISS by going online to click the Donate button. He also said that families of students at school contacts may make for a great opportunity for finding donors, for instance, a parent may know a person with a philanthropic foundation. Mentors can be aware that people at schools could be a funding source.
Emanuele asked for an update on the HamTV unit. Frank Bauer is working with the shipping team on the steps required to get the unit to Europe, and an email will be sent when more information is known.
Frank Bauer thanked Alexandra Tussing for being the interpreter for today’s telecon meeting.
The next meeting will be April 16, 2019 at 1100 UTC.
Rosalie White, K1STO
March 20, 2019