January 15, 2019, 1200 UTC
Eskil Van Loosdrecht
Interpreter: Olga Moncuquet
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Welcome—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Frank Bauer welcomed the team to the first meeting of 2019 and commented on how much had been accomplished in 2018, saying this was due to a large team enthusiastic and passionate about youth and education. He said 2019 will see an equal amount of projects to handle. He reported that the recent SpaceX mission splashed down as planned, in the Pacific Ocean with the HamTV package onboard.
1. Call for Acceptance of Minutes—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: The minutes from the ARISS-International Monthly Meeting on December 18, 2018 were completed by Rosalie White on December 26, 2018. After a review on January 7, 2019, the minutes were distributed to ARISS Delegates.
Discussion: Rosalie White received no emails regarding the minutes that she distributed and moved that they be accepted. Gaston Bertels seconded the motion. No one had further comments, so Frank Bauer stated that the minutes were accepted.
2. 2019 ARISS Face-to-face Meeting Plans, Canada—Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
Summary: The ARISS-Canada Delegates and team, led by Glenn MacDonell, have made great strides in determining if they can host the 2019 ARISS Face-to-face Meeting. They will share details on the team's progress. ARISS Delegates and the international team should be prepared to quickly study what dates from early summer to late fall are not good ones for the meeting.
Discussion: Glenn MacDonell reported that the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is interested in hosting the 2019 face-to-face meeting if ARISS Delegates decide that is what they want. The CSA main conference center has all needed communications capabilities and a cafeteria. The Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, hotels and restaurants are relatively nearby. Many people in the area speak English and French, and other languages.
The conference center is in high demand; CSA suggested some preferable months for the meeting. Because the ARISS team needed to decide quickly, a discussion continued about dates, what would not work with other events scheduled such as Hamvention, Ham Radio Friedrichshafen, and Sergey Samburov having many September meetings scheduled. It was determined by Delegates that June 26-28 was a good time for the ARISS-International Meeting, with the 29th for the ARISS Hardware Meeting. No one had objections. Glenn MacDonell will work with the CSA staff to solidify the dates.
Tony Pellerin, a CSA staff person, and some of the other CA staff would be able to interact with us. He was part of CSA when ARISS met there 17 years ago and he remembers those meetings. Glenn MacDonell and the Canadian team was thanked for the work of pulling together all of the initial information.
3. Update, New Series of SSTV Transmissions—Sergey Samburov, RV3DR and Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Summary: Progress has been made on choosing options for images to be downlinked for the next series of SSTV transmissions.
Discussion: Sergey Samburov had only recently returned from holidays and has been very busy with crew debriefs. He will make time soon to work with the team about details for the next series of SSTV transmissions. The series will commemorate the first years of human spaceflight and ham radio.
4. Final Voting Results, ARISS-International Board—Rosalie White, K1STO
Summary: Bertus Husken took responsibility for the ARISS nomination processes related to the election of the three ARISS-International officers for the 2019-2020 term. The result of his call to Delegates for nominees was: Frank Bauer for chair, Oliver Amend for vice chair, and Rosalie White for secretary-treasurer. Delegates were asked to vote via email for this slate of officers.
Discussion: Bertus Husken received multiple emails nominating Frank Bauer as chair, Oliver Amend as vice chair, and Rosalie White as secretary-treasurer. As current secretary-treasurer, Rosalie White was asked to email all ARISS Delegates to request that they vote for or against this slate of officers. Over 83% of the Delegates responded. All votes were in favor of electing these nominees; because this was a unanimous response and a quorum, the nominees would be declared elected.
Frank Bauer stated that the officers will begin the new term and thanked Delegates for voting.
Rosalie White said for the next election cycle, in two years, the responsibility of the election nomination processes will probably return to the ARISS-Canada, the tradition from earlier years. ARISS-Canada having its full complement of delegates now, is able to actively participate in ARISS events.
Bertus Husken was thanked for stepping in for the last two cycles.
5. Update, MarconISSta—Oliver Amend. DG6BCE
Summary: In late December, Martin Buscher informed Oliver Amend that the MarconISSta project had been approved for extended operation on the ISS due to the success of the data the equipment collected last fall. A meeting was to be held shortly before the ARISS-International monthly meeting.
Discussion: Oliver Amend affirmed that the MarconISSta experiment continues operation and the initially-planned investigation was extended. Up to 10 gigabytes of data has been collected and it will be investigated by the experiment initiator, Martin Buscher, his students, and the team at the Technical University of Berlin in Germany. Latest news is at end of February, the equipment will be de-installed and stowed in Columbus. Negotiations between ARISS, ESA/DLR and NASA about equipment ownership have been re-started under the new aspects of its future use. The ESA Education Office is interested in the hardware’s future use for the "Fly your GNU Receiver" educational program as presented at the October 2018 ARISS Face-to-Face Meeting. ARISS is studying the integration of the Lime SDR into the new ARISS Interoperable Radio System that will be in Columbus.
Bertus Husken asked if the ham community can get data in case they have an opportunity to use it. Oliver Amend said the agreement is that ARISS will get access. At this point in time, though, the information is raw data that is very difficult to follow, and also, the Principal Investigator must write and file a report before access is given to ARISS. Glenn MacDonell asked if some results would be available in a downloadable type of file because he has done some presentations and would like to have some examples to show. Oliver Amend will talk to Martin Buscher about this request.
Gaston Bertels said it would be interesting to know if the L- and S-band antennas were used, which could give the team an idea of how the antenna performed and to learn the aperture angle. Oliver Amend reported that one of the L- and S-band antennas was used, the one that was not used for HamTV. He said that although no measure of the aperture angle was done, the antenna used for MarconISSta was fully operational.
Frank Bauer asked if the other HamTV antenna could be used, though it would require crew time to switch, since there had been the issue with that system and switching antennas might tell us something. Oliver Amend will talk to Martin Buscher. Frank Bauer asked if a news release could be prepared by Martin Buscher so that ARISS sponsors could read about the continuation of the experiment. Oliver Amend stated that a news release was being prepared. He mentioned that Martin Buscher is expecting to hear results from his thesis on MarconISSta at the end of January.
Frank Bauer said a follow up should be done at the end of February. He said Astro Pi might be used in the future, also for recording latitude and longitude during the time the data is recorded to capture the Space Station orbits; that should help with interpreting the data. Oliver Amend said current MarconISSta records were received once a week and Technical University Berlin staff added data on the ISS’s position and orientation.
Frank Bauer asked Oliver Amend to thank Martin Buscher and said these experiments show that ARISS is a part of educational technical research.
6. Update, HamTV--Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO
Summary: The HamTV unit was to return to Earth on SpaceX 16, with an expected departure from the ISS to be January 10.
Discussion: Kenneth Ransom reported that the HamTV unit had been packed and put on the SpaceX vehicle. It landed in the Pacific Ocean on January 13; the capsule was retrieved safely.
Tony Hutchison asked what happens next. Kenneth Ransom said the HamTV unit will be processed and then sent to Houston where ARISS will coordinate the shipment to Kayser-Italia. Once it is in Italy, the unit will go through a full failure investigation by ARISS, AMSAT-Italia, and the Kayser-Italia team to determine possible causes of the failure. Then ARISS will decide the best way to move forward.
ARISS is grateful to NASA, CASIS, and the team working with Mitch Polt, NASA Ham Payload Integration Manager, for organizing steps for the return of the unit.
No topics were brought forward.
The next meeting will be February 19, 2019 at 1200 UTC.
Rosalie White, K1STO
ARISS-International Secretary Treasurer
January 19, 2019