AMSAT Symposium Trips, Social Events, and Tours


Dayton, Site of the 2015 AMSAT-NA Symposium

2015 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting

October 16,17, 18, 2015 – Dayton, Ohio

“Birthplace of Aviation”

Hotel: Crowne Plaza, 33 East 5th Street, in downtown Dayton.

The AMSAT discount rate is $117.00 + taxes per night. You must book your reservation with the outside service which handles their group reservations. Please use this number: 1-800-689-5586. The reservation block code used when calling is “AMSAT”. The hotel offers free Internet connection and airport shuttle. Cutoff date for reservations is Sept 21st, 2015.

Airport Information: Dayton International Airport (DAY) is the closest to Downtown Dayton. The hotel offers free shuttle service to and from Dayton Airport. Note that the Dayton Airport (DAY) is approximately 15 miles from the hotel. Dayton Airport (DAY) Airport is served by most major air carriers.

Getting there by car: A map link is included on the hotel web page.

AMSAT Board Meeting: Thursday 0800 Oct 15, 2015 – Friday 1200 Oct 16, 2015 at the Crown Plaza Dayton.

AMSAT Symposium Banquet and Speaker:  Saturday 1900 October 17th.  This year AMSAT-NA Vice President for Human Spaceflight Programs Frank Bauer, KA3HDO will speak on:

“Making a Difference:  AMSAT’s Contribution to Navigation and Timing in HEO/GEO Space and Its Profound Impact on Earth and Space Science”

Frank will talk about the GPS receiver flown on the AO-40 spacecraft which conducted the first detailed mapping of the signals from above the GPS constellation.  Please see here for more details on the subject of his talk as well as Frank’s fascinating career at NASA.


Air Force Museum Tour  On line registration
                                            Link to the Museum’s website

Monday, 19 OCT: Tour of the National Museum of the United States Air Force

AMSAT has arranged a tour of the Air Force Museum. A chartered bus will pick up our group at the hotel, departing sharply at 0900. Upon arrival at the museum, we will be split into several groups and be matched with a docent assigned to each group who will conduct a walking tour of the museum, highlighting key areas of the museum, answering questions, and providing an overview of what the museum has to offer. This session will last 90 minutes. We then break for lunch using the dining facilities at the museum (lunch on your own).

After lunch, you are free to walk the museum, see an IMAX film (check movie times and prices at the theater), as well as visit the extensive gift shop. We are also arranging for an afternoon tour of the offsite Air Force Museum Annex where the Presidential aircraft and other pieces are on display; details will be provided once our schedule for visiting the Annex is confirmed. The visit to the Annex will require using a bus to access the facility departing at a specified time (to be determined) and foreign nationals will need to have their passports with them for identification to visit the Annex.

We will re-board our bus at 1615 for the trip back to the hotel, arriving by 1645.

Individuals planning to take the tour and flying to Dayton should schedule their departure by air for evening or the next day. The hotel does provide a shuttle service to the airport which can be used once the bus returns to the hotel. However, actual shuttle availability cannot be guaranteed immediately upon arrival of the bus back at hotel.

Cost to ride the bus round trip is $15.00 per individual. Individuals boarding the bus at the hotel are expected to return to the hotel on the bus. Seats are limited to 45 individuals. Admission to the Air Force Museum is free. Attendees do have the option of driving their private vehicle to the museum in lieu of taking the bus.

Reservations for the bus, along with other activities at the Symposium, can be made at the AMSAT Store. Note that all activity reservations will close at 1900 EDT (2300 UTC) October 8th, 2015.


•    Space Symposium with Amateur Satellite Presentations
•    Operating Techniques, News, & Plans from the Amateur Satellite World
•    Board of Directors Meeting open to AMSAT members
•    Opportunities to Meet Board Members and Officers
•    AMSAT-NA Annual General Membership Meeting
•    Annual Banquet, Keynote Speaker and Door Prizes
Area Coordinators Breakfast

Other Dayton Area activities and attractions:

R&L Electronics
Historic Carillon Park
America’s Packard Museum
Local PBS Station