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Re: ARISS Operations

  I agree. Isn't this essentially how MIR was handled? If they had time
for it, fine, if not, also fine. And even with a TNC-based PMS, if it's
full it won't accept any further messages.

  Oh well, it sounds as though things are looking up. (Or down, depending
on whether or not your QTH is Earth. :))

	Steve, N0RLB

On Fri, 28 Feb 2003, Bruce Bostwick wrote:

> Ah.  Forgot about that one.  ;-)
> What I meant, though, is applying a somewhat different design
> philosophy to the onboard ARISS station that the crew has access to.
> The present configuration seems to be primarily a human-interaction
> based ham radio station that is incidentally a sat when left in the
> correct mode by the crew, who may or may not have time to come back and
> change settings if they're not left in the correct state.  What I'm
> suggesting, and some payload similar to PCSAT2 may well work as a part
> of this idea, is that the ARISS operation be treated as a sat which
> just happens to have user accessible controls -- make crew interaction
> entirely optional.  Agreed, talking to the crew is probably the
> ultimate ARISS experience, but while the crew is busy doing something
> else, it would be nice if the packet equipment could be managed from a
> ground control station to eliminate the questions of "what mode did
> they leave it in today?", etc.    That way, if something needs to be
> reset, or a bug in the TNC is making things crazy, you don't have to go
> through scheduling crew time with mission ops to get it fixed, you just
> ground command or reset/reload from a control station and the crew
> doesn't have to touch it or even know about it.
> I mention a PCSAT2-like package because it may well be suitable to have
> an externally mounted RF package in that form factor, with crew
> interaction done from a "dumb" radio installation inboard that is
> simply another voice/packet station using the actual "sat" payload.
>  From the descriptions I've seen of PCSAT2, it would even be possible to
> keep two or three more or less identical payloads and upgrade/rotate
> them as time and launch/EVA availability allow.
> But, basically, ARISS is a sat, it just happens to have people living
> next door to it .. that's the philosophy I think might work best from
> now on ..

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