Project Selection and Use
The International Space Station is now under construction and is permanently manned by teams of astronauts, many of whom have amateur licences. Below are the latest minutes from the ARISS committee which deals with the selection of ARISS hardware projects.
Minutes of the Project Selection and Use Committee Teleconference Feb 18, 2004 12:30 UTC
Lou McFadin (chair)
Mike Miller (secretary)
Eduard Hairullin (interpreter)
Discussion between members of Project Selection and Use Committee and the Project Initiator-Valentin Strashinski
Frank opened the teleconference by welcoming all participants.
Lou introduced himself and stated the purpose of the teleconference.
Valentin gave a short explanation of the Shadow Experiment and referred members of the committee to the Shadow Website…
Mike and Frank stated to the group the purpose of the Project Selection and Use Committee.
Mike asked several questions about the extent of the current amateur radio network that has been established for the Shadow Experiment. Effects of the tests (Hot and Cold) on crew to ground communications were also discussed.
Frank asked if there were plans to test the project on the HF bands…and Valentin said that 28 MHz would also be utilized along with 2 meters and 70 cm.
It was suggested by Lou that the Project Initiator emphasize in presentations to the Project Selection and Use Committee( in Netherlands) that the project consists of two parts;
1) Plasma Experiment
2) Amateur Radio network monitoring .
Valentin acknowledged that there were 2 phases to the experiment and that they would probably deliver the ion generator to ISS attached to the Soyuz .
Robin asked if the proposed experiment met IARU requirements. He expressed the point that it was a most interesting experiment, but felt that it was important to know (in light of the fact that other satellites and experiments are funded from outside of amateur radio) that the Shadow Experiment meets the IARU and participating countries’ requirements.
It was suggested by Mike that this question be referred to Rosalie White and Ken Pulfer for clarification.
Proposed frequencies of operation were also discussed.
Sergej reminded the group that in order for the project to move forward, the project would have to procure access to a computer and software aboard ISS and that all aspects of the project would have to be approved by all of the participating space agencies…..
The discussions were concluded and Frank thanked everyone for their participation and expressed that he was looking forward to meeting everyone at the meeting in the Netherlands..
Respectfully submitted by Mike Miller-Secretariat-Project Selection and Use Committee February 23, 2004
Minutes of the Project Selection and Use Committee Teleconference Wed. March 12, 2003
"Starshine on Station Project"
Mike Miller -Secretariat- PS &U
Frank Bauer-Chairman ARISS. International Delegate
Rosalie White- International Delegate
Gaston Bertels- International Delegate
Christophe Mercier-PS & U Committee Member
Lou McFadin-Chairman PS & U Committee
Lou gave a brief synopsis of the Starshine On Station Project.
Rosalie stated that the project conformed to the principles outlined in FCC Rule 97.211 which addresses control commands being transmitted over Amateur Radio Frequencies.
Several attendees expressed concern as to the feasibility of the project from a technical standpoint. Frank and Lou stated that it is the duty of the PS & U Committee to only consider the project from the aspect of the proper use of Amateur Radio frequencies.
Mike expressed concern about the facts that will limit the success of the project such as overcast skies.
Lou and Frank suggested that these concerns be given to the Project Initiator-Gil Moore so that he could address these issues with the appropriate team members at NASA.
Frank suggested that the Starshine On Station Project use 437.5 to 438 MHZ to transmit commands to the project per FCC Rule 97.211.
All PS& U Committee members present, Mike Miller, Lou McFadin and Christophe Mercier voted to recommend approval of the project to the International Delegates.
A tentative date for discussion (telecon) of the "Shadow Project" was set for sometime around the middle of April 2003.
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