The first Space Unit National Meeting of the millennium will be held in the Washington, DC area in conjunction with NAPEX on June 1-3, 2001. The NAPEX show will be held at the McLean Hilton Hotel at Tyson's Corners, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Va. The show opens on Friday June 1. Additional information on the NAPEX show can be found at:


The Space Unit National Meeting weekend will feature a talk by guest speaker Dr. David Leckrone, NASA Senior Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, two trade sessions, a mini-auction, and a tour of the INTELSAT control center. The Space Unit National Meeting detailed agenda is as follows:

Friday June 1: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM NAPEX Show in progress.

1:15 PM Form up in the Hilton lobby (look for the Space Unit Sign) to leave for INTELSAT Control Center tour. All interested participants must give me their name by May 25.

6:00 PM Informal SU Trade/Social Session in the Hilton lobby (look for the Space Unit sign). Survivors will probably go out to eat afterwards.

Saturday June 2: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM NAPEX Show in progress.

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Space Unit National Meeting in the Scott Room at the show hotel. Guest speaker will be Dr. David Leckrone, NASA Senior Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, who will give an overview of Hubble's 11 years of discovery.

6:00 PM to ??? Trade session and mini-auction in Ray Cartier's room at the show hotel (room number will be given out at the 2:00 national meeting session). Mini-Auction at 7:00 PM.

Sunday June 3: 10:00 AM to 4 PM NAPEX Show in progress.

For the mini-auction, anyone can send up to three lots with your minimum acceptable bid and a SASE to Steve Durst, 777 Brushwood Ct., Millersville, Md. 21108. Steve will send you the proceeds of your lots and return any unsold lots to you.

The McLean Hilton is offering rooms in conjunction with NAPEX for $99 a night, single or double. Reservations can be made at 703-847-5000.

There are three airports in the Washington, DC area. Washington-Dulles is the closest to the show hotel, and probably offers the best selection of flights. Washington-Reagan (used to be Washington-National) is just across the Potomac from DC, and is a 20 minute to one hour drive to the show hotel (depending on traffic). Baltimore-Washington-International is about an hour away from the show hotel on a good traffic day, but is probably the cheapest airport to fly into in the region (Southwest Airlines flies in there along with several other majors).

While you are in the Washington area, there are a number of other space/aviation places to visit: The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) on the National Mall in DC, the NASM Garber Restoration Facility in Suitland, Md. (call 202-357-1400 to book a free tour), the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center Visitor's Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the College Park Air Museum in College Park, Md. are just a few.

If you are interested in attending the national meeting, please drop a line with your address, e-mail address, and whether you will be attending the INTELSAT tour, to:

Dennis Dillman
601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
North Residence #506
Washington, DC 20004

e-mail: micropooz@cs.com

I'll keep respondees posted by e-mail, and post any further updates (if needed) on the Space Unit website at: http://stargate.1usa.com/stamps.

See you in June! Bring trade material!!!

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