The 36th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium took place this weekend. The event has been named in honor of Bill Tynan, W3XO. Tynan, a founding director of AMSAT, passed away at the age of 91 earlier this year.

As usual, much of the event was recorded. The Saturday sessions are already available via YouTube and no doubt more will follow over the coming week.

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT, is a worldwide group of Amateur Radio Operators (Hams). It was formed in the District of Columbia in 1969 as an educational organization.

AMSAT’s goal is to foster Amateur Radio’s participation in space research and communication. The Organization was founded to continue the efforts, begun in 1961, by Project OSCAR, a west coast USA-based group which built and launched the very first Amateur Radio satellite, OSCAR, on December 12, 1961, barely four years after the launch of Russia’s first Sputnik.