Press Release 11

For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Isabel Burnham, Assistant Marketing Manager
SATELLITE Conference & Exhibition

SATELLITE 2019 Once Again Drives Space Technology News Headlines and Industry Forward

SATELLITE 2020 returns March 9-12, 2020 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Rockville, Md. – Friday, May 17, 2019 – The 38th Annual SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition was held May 6-9, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, welcoming 15,000+ connectivity professionals and 340 exhibitors from more than 100 countries around the world.

Highlights from the conference program included:

  • Monday kicked off with the biggest keynote luncheon program in show history. Klaus Bruun Egeberg, Head of Mobility at Maersk, addressed how satellite connectivity can help drive the evolution of global autonomous shipping fleets. Then, Vice President Mike Pence took the stage to praise U.S. leadership in the booming global space industry and renew the Trump administration’s call to stand up a new Space Force at the Pentagon.
  • During Tuesday’s General Session “Global Satellite Operators: The Future is Now,” leaders from satellite operators Eutelsat, SES, Viasat, Telesat, Intelsat, and SES emphasized the importance of focusing on leveraging satellite technologies to address real world challenges, including the lack of basic internet connectivity in many parts of the world. The session also featured three moderators from three businesses that are interested in expanding their relationship with satellite operators: Southwest Airlines Associate Manager of Product Development Tara Bamburg, Sprint Director of Internet of Things (Iot) Strategy and Partner Management Akther Javid, and Sigfox Vice President (VP) of Europe Emma Park.
  • Via Satellite announced Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium, as the winner of the prestigious 2018 Satellite Executive of the Year Award, and Intellian’s v240MT Tri-band Antenna System as the winner of the inaugural 2018 Satellite Technology of the Year Award during the Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8.

“SATELLITE 2019 was the biggest, broadest, and best received conference program we’ve produced to date. More than 15,000 attendees from around the world heard keynotes from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Maersk Head of Mobility Klaus Egeberg, OneWeb CEO Adrian Steckel, and enjoyed marquee panel sessions featuring 24 of the most brilliant minds in the space industry,” said Chairman Jeffrey Hill. “SATELLITE is an event that drives our industry – it creates more space technology news headlines in one week than several of the following months combined. We’re honored to be running strong in our 38th year of operations and look forward to an even bigger and better show in 2020!”

Highlights from the exhibition included:

  • The 3rd Annual Startup Space pitch competition put 16 entrepreneurs on stage in front of a panel of judges for a chance to win guaranteed meetings with investors, admission to industry events and interviews in Via Satellite  Pavel Razmajev, COO of Eventech won the Seed group, while Daniel Faber, Founder and CEO of Orbit Fab was the Series A group winner.
  • The all-new Startup Pavilion on the show floor provided a dedicated area for new market entrants to showcase their innovative technologies to prospective investors, partners and buyers.
  • Attendees got an insider’s look at leading companies’ latest products with live tech demos from executives at Inmarsat, RigNet, NSLComm, and Viasat in the SATELLITE Unveiled Theater.

“A show floor packed with 340 exhibiting companies and thousands of attendees from a wide array of markets, coupled with a brand-new Startup Pavilion for new market entrants, action in the Unveiled Theater from the Startup Space pitch competition and exhibitor-led content and technology demos all helped make the SATELLITE 2019 show floor a hub of activity throughout the busiest week of the year for satellite and space professionals,” said Sales Director Michael Cassinelli. “As the market continues to evolve, we aim to keep pace and continue to meet the needs and expectations of exhibitors and attendees alike, with even more new offerings planned for 2020.”

Registration is open for SATELLITE 2020, which will be held March 9-12, 2020 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. For more information and to sign up for updates, visit

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SATELLITE unites more than 15,000 aerospace and connectivity thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives, engineers, end-users and enthusiasts from around the world for the largest and most important global satellite technology event of the year. Serving all industries looking to better their business operations or enhance their strategy through connectivity, the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition will take place on March 9-12, 2020 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. For more information, please visit