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Figure 1: We have liftoff!
SpaceX sponsored a coffee counter outside the main registration area and it was easily the most popular stand at the whole show.
Figure 2: Sweets
The folks at TestEquity, a satellite tech testing company, provided these delicious cinnamon rolls for show-goers.
Figure 3: Heated sweets
To warm up the cinnamon rolls, the TestEquity folks used a domesticated version of their $10,000 industrial component testing ovens.
Figure 4: Hardware
Nearly everywhere you turned at this show, there was some gigantic hunk of hardware.
Figure 5: The small stuff
A potential buyer at the RF-Lambda booth gets a closer look at some broadband components.
Figure 6: Big air
A company called Cubic showed off inflatable satellite antennas that the military uses for quickly setting up network communications with a satellite in remote areas.
Figure 9: Hughes is huge
The Hughes booth sat at the intersection of two really wide aisles, a detail that made the show feel as full as a mostly empty building possibly could.
Figure 10: Rocket stands
The ArianeGroup's stand was decorated with rockets that did not dispense coffee and did not heat cinnamon rolls. And you should have seen the puzzlement on their faces as I made those two very specific inquires.
Figure 12: Moon men
These were little astronauts at the W.L Gore & Associates stand. They are not health inspectors.
Figure 13: Quittin' time
The Satellite Show ended early Wednesday afternoon instead of late Thursday morning, as scheduled. We found the abrupt schedule change gave us time to review our notes. And so on. Cheers!