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The objective of the Ham Video On-Orbit Functional Commissioning is to install in Columbus and test the functionalities of the Ham Video hardware and the related on-orbit equipment.

After successful performance of the above objective, the Ham Video Flight Segment can be declared functional and ready to be used by Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) (inside Ham Radio contacts as well as for the ARISS Ground Segment commissioning and tuning).ESA NASA Ham Video Commissioning CEF xxxx for Ham Video on-orbit operations as "reserve" activity during Increment 37&38 is under review in CETI system for inclusion in IDRD Annex 5 PTP tables (no inputs provided to IDRD Annex 3 nor referenced in the IDRD Main Volume: category of Ham Video Commissioning is "Technology Demonstration")

Ham Video at a glance

  • PI: ARISS community (AMATEUR RADIO on the International Space Station)
  • HAM Radio, operating for several years, establishes a half-duplex voice-only link with crewmembers on the ISS, for educational programs of NASA, ESA and JAXA.
  • Ham Video is an enhancement of the Ham Radio program.
  • Ham Video is a one-way S-band video / audio transmitter. It modulates a video/audio signal from a camcorder, transmit a radio frequency (RF) signal through two L/S band patch antennas (ARISS 41 and ARISS 43) installed on the nadir side of Columbus

""Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)"" is a volunteer program which inspires students, worldwide, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew. Students learn about life on board the ISS and explore Earth from space through science and math activities. ARISS provides opportunities for the school community (students, teachers, families and local residents) to become more aware of the substantial benefits of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on spaceflight journeys along with learning about technology and amateur radio.

ARISS is an international working group, consisting of delegations from 9 countries including several countries in Europe as well as Japan, Russia, Canada, and the USA. The organization is run by volunteers from the national amateur radio organizations and the international AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) organizations from each country. Since ARISS is international in scope, the team coordinates locally with their respective space agency (e.g. ESA, NASA, JAXA, CSA, and the Russian Space Agency) and as an international team through ARISS working group meetings, teleconferences and through electronic mail. .