2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Space Symposium and General Meeting – Arlington, VA – Oct. 18 – 20, 2019

The 37th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting will be held on Friday through Sunday, October 18-20, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. The location will be The Hilton Arlington, 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia, 22203, 703-528-6000.

The Hilton Arlington is located in the heart of the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, VA. Connected to the Ballston Metro Station, the hotel offers easy and effortless access to Washington D.C.’s top tourist destinations like the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums and historical monuments. The hotel is six miles from Reagan National Airport and the National Mall.

The AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting will be held just before the Symposium, October 16-17, at the same hotel.

The Symposium will feature OSCAR Park – a display of satellites from throughout the history of amateur radio in space. Paper presentations and the AMSAT Annual General Meeting will also be featured. The preliminary schedule is available here.

In addition to good food and company, the AMSAT Symposium Saturday Evening Banquet on October 19th will feature a panel of guest speakers presenting “The Foundations of AMSAT” followed by a question and answer period. Guest speakers will include:

Lance Ginner, K6GSJ (Project OSCAR)
George Jacobs, W3ASK (Author, Diplomat)
Dr. Perry Klein, W3PK (Founding President of AMSAT)
Dr. Owen Mace (Australis-OSCAR 5 Builder, University of Melbourne)
Richard Tonkin (Australis-OSCAR 5 Builder, University of Melbourne)
Jan King, W3GEY (Founding member of AMSAT and & Australis-OSCAR 5 Project Manager)

On Sunday, October 20th, a bus tour will take attendees to the the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of the National Air and Space Museum. Two large hangars display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Discovery. Bus capacity is limited to 35 attendees.

On Monday, October 21st, AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, will lead a walking tour of the National Mall. No reservations are required. Transportation to the National Mall will be via the Washington Metro.

You can make hotel reservations by calling the hotel directly at 703-528-6000. The group name is AMSAT, Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation.

Hotel reservations may be made online at this link.

Symposium tickets, banquet reservations, and bus tickets for the Sunday afternoon tour may be purchased on the AMSAT store.