COVID and Safety

As a SATELLITE participant, you know firsthand the energy, excitement, and business that are generated when the global space community comes together. We are looking forward to hosting a safe and productive SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition on September 7-10 at the Gaylord National Harbor and wanted to share some important details as you prepare for the show:

Bring your masks to the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition – In accordance with CDC and county guidelines, masks will be required at SATELLITE unless you are presenting on stage or eating or drinking.  

Vaccinations are encouraged for all attendees and required for our staff – While it is highly encouraged, we do not require proof of vaccination to attend our event. Our onsite SATELLITE staff in gold name badges and our service providers are required to provide proof of vaccination prior to the event.

COVID-19 Precautions – SATELLITE and our venue and service partners are committed to enhanced safety measures at the event. Those efforts include thorough and constant cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces, meeting rooms and exhibit spaces. Other safeguards include the use of facial coverings and social distancing practices. As a part of Marriott International’s family, the Gaylord National Harbor has put in place a multi-pronged approach designed to meet the highest health and safety standards as outlined in Marriott’s Commitment to Clean. Freeman’s commitment to safety will be followed in the exhibit hall. 

In addition to the information shared above, we wanted to answer some of your most asked questions:

  • Are masks required at SATELLITE 2021? Yes
  • Is proof of vaccination required to attend the event? No
  • Are you conducting temperature screenings upon arriving at the hotel or event registration? No
  • Is social distancing in effect?  There are no mandates in effect that require social distancing, but our sessions rooms have been set to allow more space between each seat.
  • Will I be notified if an attendee or exhibitor tests positive after the event? Yes, we will notify all attendees via email.
  • What happens if I don’t feel well onsite? If you are not feeling well you can call Marriott Safety Services at (301) 965-4500 or by dialing 333 from your guest room or any house phone.  The Gaylord National maintains a 24/7 on-property security staff that is trained in basic first aid, CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators. In addition, the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition will have a dedicated EMT at the event during operating hours located at the Registration desk in the Concourse outside of Exhibit Hall E.  
  • Where is the closest hospital? Fort Washington Medical Center is the nearest hospital and is approximately five miles from the Gaylord.  It is located at 11711 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD  20744.  The phone number is (301) 292-7000.


Attendee Safety

Exhibitor Safety
Speaker Safety

Freeman’s Commitment to Safety

At Freeman, the health and safety of our teams, our customers and the wider community in which we work is our highest priority. Freeman has moved forward in implementing the health and hygiene protocols designed to keep our people, and our customers, safe. We will utilize best practices as recommended by the global and local public health authorities including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order to ensure that our protocols have been vetted by experts and are supported by sound scientific research.
Download the required practices for all Freeman employees.


The Gaylord National Convention Center will operate in accordance with Marriott International’s “Commitment to Clean” standards. This includes new cleaning technology, hospital-grade disinfectants, attendants dedicated to sanitizing frequently throughout the day, new social distancing practices, and hundreds of enhanced cleaning protocols to take care of guests while they enjoy the resort.

Marriott – As we welcome you back to our hotels around the world, we are committed to providing you with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols for working to defeat COVID-19. Consisting of in-house and outside experts in food and water safety, hygiene and infection prevention, and hotel operations, our Marriott Cleanliness Council is redefining our cleaning and safety standards.

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