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ARISS Press Release
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO  ARISS-US Delegation


ISS Amateur Radio Accommodations meeting held at the NASA Johnson Space
Center in Houston


A series of extremely successful International Space Station (ISS) 
Radio accommodation meetings were held at the NASA Johnson Space Center 
Houston from January 22-27.  These pivotal meetings were sponsored by 
and by Energia, the Russian space company that is building portions of 
 The primary objectives of these meetings were to finalize the design
development of the "Initial Station" amateur radio hardware for ISS and 
develop a more effective understanding and advocacy of the Amateur Radio 
the International Space Station (ARISS) program within NASA and Energia.
In addition to representatives from NASA and Energia, the ARISS "Initial
Station" hardware development teams from the US, Russia, Germany and 
were invited to participate in the meetings.  The Initial Station 
solidified during the July 1998 ARISS meeting in Surrey, England, 
of 2 meter and 70 cm handheld radios, a packet radio system and power
supplies, provided by the US team, a Digitalker, provided by the German
team, antenna feedthroughs and power and space accommodations provided 
the Russian team and the development of an antenna system which is led 
the Italian delegation.  NASA will be providing a Space Shuttle launch 
transport the Initial Station hardware to the ISS and has financially
supported the flight qualification of the Initial Station Hardware. Some 
the testing required by NASA and Energia to flight qualify this hardware
includes the development of a safety analysis package, hardware 
testing, ISS interface testing, electromagnetic interference testing, 
toxic chemical offgassing testing.  Both NASA and Energia are intimately
involved in the external outfitting of the planned antennas systems 
special astronaut spacewalks or EVAs.

The following ARISS team members from various IARU and AMSAT 
were invited to attend and participate in these meetings:

Sergej Samburov, RV3DR, Representing Energia, AMSAT-Russia and 
Ron Parise, WA4SIR, Representing the ARISS-US Hardware Delegation
Lou McFadin, W5DID, Representing the ARISS-US Hardware Delegation
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Representing NASA, AMSAT-NA, and ARISS-US
Matt Bordelon, KC5BTL, Representing NASA and ARISS-US
Thomas Kieselbach, DL2MDE, Representing the ARISS-German Hardware 
Alberto Zagni, I2KBD, Representing the ARISS-Italian Hardware Delegation
Fabrizio Bernardini, I0QIT, Representing the ARISS-Italian Hardware 
Luca Bertagnolio, IK2OVV, Representing the ARISS-Italian Hardware 

During the meeting, Sergej Samburov, RV3DR, the President of 
in Moscow and the Chief of the Cosmonaut Amateur Radio Department at
Energia, confirmed that 4 dual-use antenna feedthroughs have been 
on the Russian Service Module.  These dual-use feedthroughs are expected 
support amateur radio operations and ISS proximity video capability 
Russian and US spacewalks.   He also confirmed his strong desire to work
with the ARISS international partners to develop a single, coordinated
amateur radio station on ISS.

Key NASA official stated that they, too, need a single, international 
point to coordinate amateur radio development and operations on ISS if
amateur radio on ISS is to have a future.  During the meeting, these 
officials were extremely pleased with the high level of flight hardware
expertise and on-orbit operations knowledge that the ARISS international
partners are providing to NASA and Energia.  The ARISS international 
was formed over two years ago to provide this single focal point to the
space officials at NASA (US), Energia (Russia), NASDA (Japan) and ESA
(Europe).  Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, AMSAT-NA's Vice President for Human
Spaceflight Programs, commented, "I was extremely impressed with the
tremendous teamwork, camaraderie and cooperation that the ARISS
International Partners exhibited during these pivotal meetings with NASA
and Energia.  Together we share a common vision to develop and operate a
multifaceted amateur radio station on ISS that will be a great 
outlet for the on-orbit crews, an exciting DXpedition station for hams 
the ground and an outstanding educational outreach tool for students."

In the near future, additional information from these meetings will be
provided including discussions on:

ARISS Initial Configuration & Delivery Schedule to ISS
Antenna System Design
Antenna Locations on Service Module and initial plans for ARISS EVAs
Meetings with NASA Senior Managers
Digitalker design
ARISS Frequencies
Future installation of an SSTV system
Express Pallet opportunities

The ARISS hardware team discussed and reaffirmed their long planned
commitment to solicit proposals from the amateur radio community to 
follow-on amateur radio hardware for ISS.  Proposals chosen to proceed
forward would then be coordinated through a NASA/Energia employee-based
radio working group that would negotiate power, volume and operations
scenarios for the proposed equipment.  The ARISS international team is
composed of representatives from the IARU and AMSAT societies in Russia,
Italy, Germany, England, France, Canada, Japan and the US.  The Space
Amateur Radio EXperiment (SAREX) Working Group provides the US hardware 
administrative representation to the ARISS international team.  Within 
US, they coordinate the US hardware development, operations and 
outreach activities for the ARRL, AMSAT-NA and NASA.

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