January 21, 2020, 1200 UTC
Francesco De Paolis
Interpeter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer thanked everyone for attending the meeting. He said 2020 is an important year for ARISS as the team looks forward to the installation of the InterOperable Radio System and then HamTV, and the team will plan Lunar activities. He asked everyone to study their current ARISS roles and responsibilities with the aim of finding ways to be more efficient. This would be a good topic to discuss at the 2020 face-to-face international meeting in order to identify what volunteers ARISS needs and ways to improve efficiency. ARISS activities have expanded and more volunteers are required, but first, the team should learn what type of help is most needed.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: The minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on December 17, 2019 were finalized by Rosalie White on December 18, 2019.
Discussion: Frank Bauer said his review of the December 2019 minutes was completed shortly before today’s telecon began, not leaving enough time for people to do a careful reading. Rosalie White was asked to email the reviewed minutes after the telecon, and ask for replies via email for approval or otherwise. She said she would do this.
2. Update, InterOperable Radio System (IORS)—Lou McFadin, W5DID & Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: During the December monthly meeting, Lou McFadin was in Houston and had the IORS running just prior to taking it to Johnson Space Center. He and Kenneth Ransom had been handling final items and were ready to take care of labeling. Frank Bauer had completed paperwork that NASA had approved, allowing the IORS to be stowed on SpaceX-20 and then launched to the ISS. Frank Bauer and his team will finish operations paperwork, the Phase III Safety Review, and the verifications for final US, European, and Russian space agencies’ requirements. An update on activities of the past 30 days will be given.
Discussion: Lou McFadin confirmed that the IORS was turned over to NASA for launch on SpaceX-20, and the ARISS team is now closing out the list of remaining open items in the documentation. He said Frank Bauer has been working on this, with the team working in two groups forwarding information and data needed for earning final flight certification. The team is also purchasing parts to continue working on the next two flight units.
Frank Bauer said the IORS was certified in late December for launch and stowage on-board ISS from a flight-safety perspective. The team continues to work on documentation for operational procedures and for close-out of engineering requirements. Safety review documents for IORS install and flight operations were finalized and NASA engineers will be reviewing and providing comments soon. The final (Phase III) Safety Review for install and flight operations is set for February 12. Operational procedures documentation was submitted yesterday and the NASA Safety Review Panel will review those. The engineering team has the engineering requirements documentation about 15% complete.
For equipment launches of earlier years, all of this work was done by an external group that was hired at a cost of about $100,000-$150,000. Now, the ARISS team is doing the work itself. This saves ARISS a huge amount of money but requires a great deal of ARISS volunteer resources, time and effort.
3. Review of December SSTV Event—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR
Summary: Sergey Samburov will discuss the successes of the December 2019 session of SSTV downlinked images. This session was very popular with 11,756 downloads, and included, among other things, images of space heroes. ARISS award manager Slawek Szymanowski rewarded 2,754 individuals with ARISS SSTV Award diplomas.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov reported that he had requested a four-day SSTV event and sent a message to the ISS crew to ensure that the best modulation settings would be used. He reported that the cosmonauts will be checking out a computer that had stopped working on January 6, 2020. If the crew is successful in recovering the computer’s operations, the next MAI SSTV event will be on January 30 –31 and downlinks will be done only over Russia. Also, this schedule may be affected by the NG-12 undocking on January 31, 2020.
Frank Bauer said the December SSTV event was very well received around the world.
Armand Budzianowski noted an increase in the number of people participating in the December SSTV session and the increase in the number of applicants requesting the ARISS SSTV Award.
4. Other SSTV Awards—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO & Oliver Amend, KA3HDO
Summary: There are SSTV awards available now other than ARISS-International diplomas, and a discussion will be held on this.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov and Oliver Amend reported on the two SSTV awards that are not sponsored by ARISS-International. Sergey Samburov said these need to be regulated and should be okayed by ARISS before they are made available, especially since these diplomas feature the ARISS logo.
Oliver stated that the two awards are as follows:
1) R4UAB Russia ISS SSTV Diploma -- Dmitry Pashkov, R4UAB, supports a website for this award and distributes a "Diplom Russia ISS SSTV." He said he is in contact with Sergey Samburov and supports ARISS-Russia with the R4UAB web publication and SSTV diploma.
Sergey Samburov agreed that Dmitry Pashkov had contacted him about ideas regarding the diploma and said they would discuss things further. Sergey Samburov will call him and then report back to the ARISS team. Both the Energia and ARISS logos were on the diploma.
2) AMSAT-Argentina "ARISS SSTV Diploma" – This diploma, provided by AMSAT-Argentina, requires the reception of at least 15 good quality images (>50% noise free) with a time stamp and mode, in original resolution. There have been 46 awards since June 2019. This is an award for "Specialists" and real enthusiasts as part of AMSAT-Argentina educational activities. ARISS telebridge operator Luis Funes, LU8YY and president of CETRA (Science, Education and Technology through Amateur Radio) is involved. CETRA Argentina is interested in spreading ARISS school contact capabilities to Spanish-speaking countries in South America, but is also interested in Spanish-language ARISS QSOs. Oliver Amend said ARISS is happy to see additional regional support. These alternate awards help spread the ARISS spirit in these regions and increase interest by making use of speakers’ capabilities.
Oliver Amend, Frank Bauer, Armand Budzianowski, and Lou McFadin agreed the awards should be coordinated through ARISS and that it would be very good to add these regions’ energy to ARISS’s energy. It is hoped the offering of these diplomas can be complimentary activities. Lou McFadin said ARISS can use participants’ data to see how the ARISS radio systems are working.
Sergey Samburov believed that SSTV awards should be similar, harmonized, and guided by ARISS
Armand Budzianowski said when he tried to apply for the AMSAT-Argentina award, the web site listed a non-working link and no application form. This may have been because he was at the web site after the application period ended.
5. Update, Bartolomeo Status—Oliver Amend, DG6BCE
Summary: Oliver Amend will tell the team the latest news and activity regarding the Bartolomeo platform and the effect on ARISS.
Discussion: The external Columbus antenna adapter cable HMU-601 was successfully tested at Airbus Bremen in December 2019. The launch of the Bartolomeo platform is planned for SpaceX-20 in March 2020. The spacewalk for the installation work of Bartolomeo is planned for the Easter time period, April 11-14, 2020. Following the spacewalk, a commissioning test using ARISS Columbus equipment in packet-radio mode is planned.
Gaston Bertels reported that the HamTV Technical Team (HTT) raised the idea of combining this commissioning with a special award for packet-radio signal reception, with the award period being about one week around the installation work. Award ideas and conditions will be discussed by the HTT.
Kenneth Ransom voiced a concern about an award based around the installation date, which can change after the dates are announced.
Lou McFadin said that offering such an award would assist the hardware team in verifying that the cable had been successfully installed.
2020 ARISS Annual Meeting
Oliver Amend will report more details in about two weeks as he continues work on the June 2020 ARISS International Face-to-Face meeting at the DLR Oberpfaffenhofen site near Munich. Delegates should send ideas for meeting topics to Frank Bauer, Oliver Amend, and Rosalie White.
Frank Bauer thanked Olga Moncuquet for her excellent work.
The next meeting will be February 18, 2020 at 1200 UTC.
Rosalie White, K1STO
January 26, 2020