ARISS International Teleconference
Tuesday September 21, 2004 11:30 UTC (7:30 am ET)
Interpreter, Olga Frumkin
Not Attending: Ken Pulfer, Keigo Komuro, Scott Anderson, Tadeu Fernandes, Bill Boston
ARISS I Telecon Agenda:
1) ARISS International Meeting, Arlington,Virginia, October 2004,
Presenter: F. Bauer
Agendas were sent by Frank for both the AMSAT and ARISS meetings. Another agenda covering only the ARISS meeting agenda was sent for readers' convenience.
Actual ARISS activities begin Sunday, October 10, with the tour of the new Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport. On Monday October 11, we will start our meeting at 9:00 AM, and cover the international team reports. Monday afternoon we will start the committee reports-- PR, Administration, and Hardware Committees, and the School Outreach and Selection Committee. Carol Jackson is trying to set up a tour of the
International Spy Museum on Monday evening for those interested.
Tuesday morning, the 12th, we will have more committee reports, including Operations, Project Selection & Use Committee -- this one will continue into the afternoon. Then there will be time for strategizing on the potential ARISS involvement in the NASA Moon and Mars new initiatives. We will also discuss plans for our 2005 meeting, and then the meeting will close at 5 pm.
Wednesday morning is set aside for additional hardware splinter
meetings as needed.
One thing missing from the agenda is time for elections -- Frank will add that. Frank asked if there was anything else to add, to please email information to him and Gaston by the end of this week. Robin wanted to ensure time slots for further discussion of finances for ports for the European Columbus module, and for overall ARISS finances. Frank has set aside two possible times -- for the ports, Gaston can allow time
during ARISS-Europe's report.
If speakers feel the time that Frank has allowed for their talks is too short or too long, please send an email to Frank.
Frank and Gaston wish to finalize the agenda by the end of this week in order to post it on the AMSAT Web site that describes meeting information -- there is wide coverage of AMSAT meeting information on this Web site.
AMSAT activities run Friday Oct 8 through Sunday morning the 10th. Friday Symposium topics include Project Eagle and ground stations. Saturday morning presentations will cover Project Echo and P3E status from AMSAT-DL.
Saturday afternoon presentations include ARISS topics -- a panel session of one hour, with each region's delegates giving about a 7-minute review, and a 5-minute introduction by Frank, followed by a question-and-answer session. Frank has received information from delegates. He requests your slides prior to your departure to attend the meeting. Saturday afternoon presentations also include a talk on voice over internet, plus talks on two schools that have had ARISS QSOs. On Sunday morning there will be presentations from universities whose students are building satellites.
We are working on getting an interpreter. Sergej's information on a potential future satellite opportunity will be highlighted as part of his delegate report and the information will be covered also at the ARISS meeting. Frank will check on whether Sergej's information is accessible, and then work with Sergej on the best way to present it. Sergej has his visa and passport, and is finishing his travel plans.
Meeting attendees will receive the AMSAT Proceedings book, and it will contain your report. Saturday evening is the AMSAT banquet; banquet speaker is Carl Walz, of Expedition 4, who installed one of our ARISS antennas.
AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton welcomes everyone to the AMSAT
meeting and to Washington DC, and thanks Frank for his work on organizing it, and the excellent job he has done. Robin will be the immediate past-president when you arrive, but is pleased to greet you. Frank thanks Robin for his many years as AMSAT-NA president and for its support for the international ARISS Team, and looks forward to Robin's continued participation as an ARISS Canadian delegate.
Gaston confirmed that the observers at our Noordvijk meeting from Great Britain will be at the upcoming AMSAT and ARISS meetings.
If you have not made your hotel reservations, the room rate goes up very quickly if you don't register by September 22. Sergej's room has already been reserved. There will be at least 150 people at the AMSAT Symposium, and good participation at the ARISS meetings.
2) New business (administrative)
Gaston asked Larry for a status on the Russian telecommunications authority regarding third party traffic. Larry has sent two letters, one contained the contents of
Gaston's letter, and the other included questions from Rosalie and Frank. Larry has contacted the office, and the work is in progress. That office will ask for important signatures for the return letter.
Sergej provided information on Yuri Shargin, a new cosmonaut -- details about him are on the Energia Web site. Yuri has completed his ham radio training, is waiting for his call sign, and is interested in doing one or two school QSOs. He will be on the ISS soon, launching on October 8, and will be on board for about 10 days; Sergej will clarify this for us. Yuri's English is rather good. Being a new crew member, he will have spare time for one or two QSOs.
We are looking forward to meeting together. See you soon!
Rosalie White, K1STO -- ARISS Secretary-Treasurer