November 19, 2019, 1200 UTC
Interpeter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer thanked everyone on the ARISS team for the major work being done and for the great positive influences being made on youth. Many things are happening that make ARISS a tremendous success.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: The minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on October 15, 2019 were finalized by Rosalie White on October 18, 2019. A review was completed on November 4, 2019 and then the file was distributed to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: Gaston Bertels made a motion to accept the finalized minutes distributed by Rosalie White. Chet Latawiec seconded the motion. There were no further comments; the minutes were accepted and Carol Jackson will post them on the ARISS web site.
2. Update, InterOperable Radio System (IORS)—Lou McFadin, W5DID & Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: At the September monthly meeting, Lou McFadin reported the very good news that IORS flight unit serial number 1001 had been assembled. Final testing was taking place to verify everything works as expected and within NASA and international space agency requirements. Frank Bauer said the ARISS team recognizes the significance of this milestone! Lou McFadin related that yet to come is final NASA testing and the final safety paperwork due in November in advance of the final safety review (Phase III) in December Success with those would mean total readiness of the IORS for flight with a hoped for launch in 2020. The team will hear an update on all of this.
Discussion: Final acoustics testing and acceptance testing on every component of the new system was done by Kerry Banke in San Diego. Lou McFadin reported that tests were done to all NASA specifications with NASA test equipment. Now, Frank Bauer is leading a team preparing the NASA certification paperwork, which is an accounting of all NASA tests, the tests’ results, and verifying the hardware meets the space agency’s requirements. Testing for the system to be used in the Columbus module is being done first, and then Russia may perform a few more tests for their purposes.
NASA will review and check all certification paperwork for completeness and Russian reviewers will check all of it. Once the paperwork has final approval, the IORS will be considered a flight-approved unit.
This week a problem occurred. A major requirement is for the team to prepare the safety data using NASA-approved software on a NASA-approved computer. Only Frank Bauer and Oliver Amend have these, and the latter is at a business conference with required attendance at technical meetings. A few days ago, Frank Bauer’s NASA computer went through a major update, and some updates failed. Most of yesterday, NASA worked with the computer. This resulted in a late submittal of the ARISS paperwork. If NASA allows the late submittal, their acceptance should be received on December 18 and then they would require ARISS to deliver the hardware a few days later.
Sergey Samburov mentioned the need for new RS232 adapters for computers that are being replaced on the ISS. Some of the computers have already been replaced, more will be in 2020, and he will receive a replacement computer. The adapters need to be tested, and he suggested this might be done at the ARISS meeting in Germany. Frank Bauer said this plan may work well.
3. Update on Plans for November SSTV Event—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Summary: Sergey Samburov will discuss plans for the upcoming November session of SSTV downlinked images. His wishes for the images are to honor the passing of two heroes in the past two months. The first hero, Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, was the first person to conduct a spacewalk and the Soyuz commander for the Soyuz-Apollo mission. The second hero, Sigmund Werner Paul Jähn, was the first German to fly into space as part of the Soviet Union’s Interkosmos program.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov said the team had planned on an SSTV session in early December but because of several conflicts, the next session will be in mid-December. He thanked the ARISS-Europe team for providing some potential images. He will forward these to the team and make final decisions. Included in this session will be images of space heroes, satellites that have already been deployed, and holiday greetings.
4. Status, ARISS HamTV—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: Oliver Amend will present a status on HamTV, including a report on a recent meeting with Kayser Italia regarding discussion on and work with the Mini-mod and testing. He will cover the plan for the next steps for the HamTV unit.
Discussion: Oliver Amend’s work travel prevented him from attending the telecon, and he submitted a written report that Frank Bauer presented. The ARISS HamTV repair team had discussed and decided on required changes, and repairs are ongoing. The last few weeks, Thomas Kleffel, ham call sign DG6NGI, developed and pre-tested some versions of the Minimod firmware that were tested by Jean-Pierre Courjaud and Claudio Ariotti. The latest version of software is undergoing tests, and results will be discussed.
Next, the software for the MiniMod will be installed, followed by a first functional test of the HamTV transmitter. The team is preparing procedures for Kayser Italia to run the functional test. Following this, Kayser Italia will re-assemble the unit in December.
In January 2020, Kayser Italia will do a final Functional and Characterization test prior to shipping the unit to the US in the end of January 2020. Lou McFadin and Kerry Banke will test the unit with the IORS power supply. An EMC compatibility and RF Transmission Characterization test will be performed at Johnson Space Center.
HamTV re-launch is targeted for SpaceX-21 in August 2020. Cargo has to be ready and delivered with certification papers about four months before that. Re-flight safety paperwork is in preparation; NASA safety approval will require some time and consume the team’s time and energy.
2020 ARISS Annual Meeting
The June 2020 ARISS International Face-to-Face meeting will be at the DLR Oberpfaffenhofen site (near Munich where the Columbus Control Center is). Oliver Amend reminds team members to email him (email@example.com) their answers to the list below by November 24, 2019.
Name / Call / email
[ ] I intend to participate to the ARISS F2F Meeting 2020
[ ] I will not be able to attend, but want to join the F2F meeting by internet
[ ] I will need a hotel room for the F2F meeting (___ persons, names: _______)
[ ] Informal: I also intend to visit the HAM Radio 2020
ARISS Voice Repeater
Dave Taylor had pointed out that ARISS radios have L-band receive capability. He suggested the team can launch a simple diplexer and a cable. This diplexer would connect to the radio and the radio can be used as a voice repeater. Frequencies would be L-band up and vhf down. The team is working on this.
Frank Bauer thanked Olga Moncuquet for her excellent translation services.
The next meeting will be December 17, 2019 at 1200 UTC.
Rosalie White, K1STO
November 21, 2019