Spring Meetings 2018 Information Overview
Hosted by NASA, the CCSDS Spring 2018 meeting series will be held in Gaithersburg, Maryland - USA at the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The main technical meeting series will be held 9 April - 13 April 2018 and will be followed by the CESG Meeting,
which will be held on 16 April 2018.
As always, Dress for the Technical Plenary meeting is Business Casual.
The meetings will take place at at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The address to that location is the following:
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Dr
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Phone (301) 975-8986
Location in Google Maps
Additional Information regarding the National Institute of Standards and Technology can be found by
The visitor Center, located at Gate A, and Building 101 are the only areas at NIST accessible to visitors. Please display your visitor badge at all time while you are on the NIST campus.
NIST Campus Map
Detailed map of NIST
It is requested that all meeting attendees please leave the NIST campus by 18:00.
to Register for the CCSDS Meetings
Note: a CCSDS Working Environment (CWE) is required to register for the
meetings. If you do not have a CWE Login, then you may request one by
Registering as a Guest with NIST:
Please do not register with NIST until after you have registered on the
CWE. All meeting attendees, IOAG MOSSG, Technical Plenary, and CESG, who are not US citizens, will need to
register with NIST on the NIST Conference Registration Website after completing registration on the CWE.
Please Click Here to register with NIST. All non-US citizens must
register with NIST no later than 30 March 2018. This registration system takes the place of the NIST 1260
forms previously posted here. If you already submitted a NIST 1260, please still complete registration above.
After you submit your information, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not submit your
information on NIST's Conference Registration Website, you will not be allowed on campus and will be unable
to take part in the meetings.
In the week prior to the meetings, all attendees will receive a "Dash
Pass". Please print this pass and bring it with you to the meetings. Whether you are arriving by personal
vehicle or bus/taxi, the Dash Pass along with an accepted form of photo identification, valid passports
(original only) accepted, will allow attendees to enter the NIST campus without stopping at the Visitor
For attendees arriving by taxi or bus, you will arrive at the Visitor
Center where you will present your Dash Pass and identification. You will be directed to Building 101 by the
staff at the gate. Building 101 is a 0.8 km walk from the Visitor Center so please dress according to the
Meeting attendees who plan to arrive by personal vehicle should plan to
enter the NIST campus by Gate F on East Drive. Present your Dash Pass and identification and you will be
directed to Building 101. Parking is free and visitors may park in any space not marked or reserved. Please
hang your Parking Pass of Dash Pass on your vehicle's rear view mirror or place it on your vehicle's
dashboard where it will be visible from the vehicle's exterior.
Directions and Transportation:
NIST is accessible by either Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
Dulles International Airport (IAD):
- NIST is 40 minutes' drive from IAD;
- Taxi fare from IAD is approximately $70.
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI):
- NIST is 45 minutes' drive from BWI;
- Taxi fare from BWI is approximately $90.
For attendees staying in Washington, D.C., Gaithersburg is accessible by Washington Metropolitan Area
Transit Authority (WMATA) trains at the Shady Grove Metro Station, the final stop on Metro's Red Line.
NIST provides a shuttle for visitors to and from the Shady Grove Metro Station. The shuttle operates
Monday through Friday from 06:45 to 18:10.
Visitors using Metro can meet the NIST shuttle at the east side of the Shady Grove Metro Station at 15
and 45 minutes past the hour. The NIST shuttle will stop at "Bus Bay C." The last NIST shuttle leaves Shady
Grove Metro at 18:10.
The shuttle departs from the front of the NIST Administration Building at 5 and 35 minutes past the hour.
The last NIST shuttle leaves NIST at 18:00.
The ride between NIST and the Shady Grove Metro Station takes approximately 15 minutes, depending on traffic
For directions and travel resources
The Holiday Inn Gaithersburg and Hilton Washington DC
North/Gaithersburg have each reserved 20 rooms for CCSDS attendees. A special rate has been arranged and a
shuttle from the hotels to NIST can also be arranged:
Holiday Inn Gaithersburg: Click Here
To make a reservation,
, Select "Book This Room" " in the column of the room type you wish to reserve and complete the reservations page. Please record your confirmation number. Reservations may also be made by phone. Call (301) 948-8900 and mention the "NIST NASA Group" or the block code ""NNG". This block of rooms will be reserved until 15 March 2018. The nightly rate is $125 and includes a full breakfast.
Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg:
To make a reservation,
. Select "Book Room" and enter the details of your stay. Please record your
confirmation number. Reservations may also be made by phone. Call (301) 977-8900 and mention the group name,
"NIST/NASA Meeting", and the group code, "ANN". This block of rooms will be reserved until 25 March 2018. The
nightly rate is $119 and includes a full breakfast (vouchers will be provided upon arrival).
Addtional hotels near National Institute of Standards and Technology:
- Hampton Inn & Suites Washington, DC North/Gaithersburg:
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Gaithersburg:
- Comfort Inn Shady Grove:
- Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center:
- Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center:
- Towne Place Suites by Marriott:
A map of local hotels, restaurants, and other points of interest is available by
NIST operates a cafeteria is in the Administration Bldg. (Bldg. 101). Hours of operation:
- Breakfast: 07:30 to 10:00.
- Lunch: 11:00 to 15:00.
General Information about Gaithersburg is available by
NIST-Guest Wireless Network:
NIST provides wireless networking service in selected conference rooms.
For more information, see:
- Access and Use Policy
- How to Access the NIST-Guest Network
- How to Obtain Support for the NIST-Guest Network
Technical Editors Bootcamp:
The CCSDS Secretariat will be holding a training bootcamp in CCSDS document-development procedures,
which is required for all CCSDS technical editors and recommended for WG chairs. Other WG participants are welcome to attend as space permits.
Please see the registration form for dates and times.
Letters of Invitation and Visa Requests:
Should any meeting attendees still be in need of a letter of invitation or Visa letter for the meeting
, please contact the Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon as possible.
We will continue to post all of the latest meeting information as soon as it becomes available.
Please check back. Thank you for your interest.