The tenth annual AMOS Conference was held on September 1-4 at the Wailea Marriott Hotel in Maui, Hawaii. The conference was well attended by more than 630 scientists, engineers and technical managers from 10 countries including China, Japan, Italy, and Russia. Some of the many topics presented at the conference included telescopes and cameras, imaging methods, adaptive optics, space object identification, astrodynamics, University of Hawaii’s Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (PanSTARRS), and the Iridium-Cosmos collision.

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Featured Keynotes

 Lt. Gen. John T. “Tom” Sheridan,
Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California
 Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command, and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California Elliot Pulham, Chief Executive Officer, Space Foundation 

Technical Chairs

Wes Freiwald, PDS
Paul Kervin, Air Force Research Laboratory

Session Chairs

Adaptive Optics, Mike Roggemann, PDS
Astrodynamics, T.S. Kelso, Center for Space Standards & Innovation
Astronomy, Eileen Ryan, Magdalena Ridge Observatory, New Mexico Tech
Atmospheric/Space Weather, Bill Bradford, PDS
Imaging, Charles Matson, AFRL/RDS
Instrumentation, Sensors and Systems, John Lambert, The Boeing Company
Iridium/Cosmos Collision, Doyle Hall, AMOS – Boeing LTS
Non-Resolved Object Characterization, Matt Hejduk, SRA International (AFSPC/A3C)
Orbital Debris, Thomas Schildknecht, Astronomical Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland
Space-based Assets, Thomas Cooley, Air Force Research Laboratory
Space Situational Awareness, Michael Egan, NGA

Po‘okela Sponsor

The Boeing Company

Lokahi Sponsor


Laulima Sponsor

General Dynamics, Advanced Information Systems

Kupa‘a Sponsors

Analytical Graphics Inc.
BAE Systems
Lockheed Martin
Pacific Defense Solutions
Sandia National Laboratories

Malama Sponsors

a.i. solutions
Applied Optimization
HNU Photonics
Northrop Grumman
RC Optical Systems


Air Force Research Laboratory, RDSM
Air Force Research Laboratory, Small Business Office
Analytical Graphics, Inc.
Applied Optimization, Inc.
The Boeing Company
FLIR Infrared Camera
HNu Photonics
Lockheed Martin
Pacific Disaster Center
Precision Asphere, Inc.
RC Optical Systems, Inc.
Software Bisque
Trex Hawaii

Overview and Highlights


Exhibition and Poster Venue – The poster session is an opportunity for authors to present their work and have in-depth discussions with conference participants during a dedicated two-hour session on the conference opening day. Poster display boards are arranged throughout a portion of the ballroom together with industry exhibits in a convivial setting with seating and light refreshments to encourage interaction with the poster authors. The venue is open throughout the week serving as a locus for side discussions and pop-up meetings.


AMOS Site Capabilities Tutorial – The Maui Space Surveillance Complex (MSSC), located at the summit of Haleakala, is a national resource providing support to various government agencies and the scientific community.  The tutorial summarizes MSSC systems, capabilities, and support procedures and includes a description of the telescopes and sensors.  It will also include a brief overview of the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC).

 Hawaiian Starlight: Sharing the Beauty of the Hawaiian Skies (IYA featured presentation) – The summit of Mauna Kea (14,000 feet) offers the best viewing of the Cosmos in the northern hemisphere, and the film “Hawaiian Starlight” delivers a pure esthetic experience from the mountain into the Universe.