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Re: ISS Radio management changes


Just one question - who determines the membership of the 
"ISS Ham Technical Team"  ???  

I it both amusing and ironic that someone who regularly   
disregards international frequency agreements is now
wanting an agreement to protect himself from the evil ugly
monster of the monopolistic satellite corporation.  

Monopoly?  gee...the last time I checked there were 
about half a dozen or more countries involved in the 
ARISS project agreement.  

Tim  w6iss

At 02:13 PM 8/10/99 -0400, Miles Mann wrote:
>MAREX-NA (Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division)
>Changes planned for International Space Station Amateur Radio management
>In 1996 history was made when several radio clubs from around the world got
>with representatives from two the space agencies NASA and RSA Russian Space
>and began to form a foundation for
>future cooperation in Manned Amateur Radio space activities for the
>Space Station.
>>From this original meeting some good progress has been made.  However the
>agreements between
>the different radio clubs was never officially ratified by both space
>agencies (NASA and RSA).
>Without an officaly ratified document, things began to slow down.
>Benefits from original meeting:
>Many of the groups agreed to work together
>NASA officially manifested Amateur Radio as an experiment for ISS
>RSA officially manifested Amateur Radio as an experiments  for ISS and
>several feed-through antenna ports to support Amateur Radio projects on the
>Russian modules.
>NASA began funding SAREX projects to look into ISS projects
>As good as a beginning as it was, it did have some problems.
>The original club MOU agreement was never ratified by both Space Agencies.
>The original club MOU made it almost impossible for an Independent satellite
>to participate on ISS.  A monopoly had been setup in which all proposals
>had to go to one specific
>satellite corporation and that corporation was only approving ISS projects
> developed by the
>satellite corporation.
>Something had to be done to break up the monopoly and get things moving
>The engineers at RSA (Russian Space Agency) have developed a new
>Memorandum of Understanding,
>and it is called:
>Memorandum of Understanding Between the National Aeronautics and Space
>Administration (NASA)
>and the Russian Space Agency (RSA) regarding Amateur Radio Operations on
>the International Space Station.
>The new RSA Memorandum has been submitted to NASA for review.
>At this time the agreement has not been signed.
>Here are some excerpts from the RSA Memorandum which I am sure many of
>you budding
>young Satellite clubs will enjoy:
>Through this MOU NASA and RSA officially recognize the ISS  HAM Technical
>as the sole integrator and operations coordinate of all amateur radio
>activities on ISS.  NASA and the RSA also agree to the following:
>1. All proposal received from any individual or organization regarding a
>mateur radio related equipment or actives aboard ISS will be deferred to
>the ISS HAM Technical Team for Review.
>2. ?
>3. ?
>In its capacity as the sole integrator and operations coordinator for
>ISS Amateur Radio Services, the ISS HAM Technical Team assumes the
>following responsibilities:
>1. Perform a fair and equitable review of all proposals from any
>group or individual regarding amateur radio experiments or activities aboard
>2 - 6?
>That was an excerpt from the Russian Space Agency RSA proposal to NASA.

>The greatest benefit I see from this proposals is that it breaks up the
>monopoly and opens
>up the International Space Station to everyone, not  just employees of
>the satellite corporation.
>I am sure that most of the world will agree, than an agreement that
>encourages all individuals and organizations to help contribute to new
>educational Amateur Radio projects for ISS is a great idea.
>I  hope that all you will support this new open Memorandum of
>Understanding for the ISS
>Amateur Radio program.
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