The top scientific conference in the specialized fields of optics, imaging and space surveillance once again delivered a stellar program at the 12th Annual AMOS Conference presented by the Maui Economic Development Board in Maui, Hawaii on September 13-16, 2011.

In his keynote address to the conference, USAF General William Shelton said, “The main goal is a mature space alliance to increase global safety in space.”  Keynotes by University of Hawaii President, MRC Greenwood, and Space Foundation’s Vice President of Washington Operations, Brendan Curry also touched on the Intersection of Science, Research and Education, as well as Beltway Optics and the Impact of Politics on Space Policy.


Featured Keynotes

General William L. Shelton, Commander,

Air Force Space Command, US Air Force

Brendan Curry, Vice President – Washington Operations, Space Foundation MRC Greenwood, President, University of Hawai’i

Technical Chairs

Wes Freiwald, PDS
Paul Kervin, AFRL/RDSM

Conference Advisor

Col L. Kirk Lewis, Ret., Institute for Defense Analyses

Session Chairs

Adaptive Optics and Imaging, Capt Casey Pellizzari, Air Force Research Laboratory
Astrodynamics, Paul Cefola, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Non-Resolved Object Characterization, Matt Hejduk, a.i. solutions (AFSPC/A9A)
Optical Systems, Lt Col Travis Blake, DARPA/TTO-Space Systems
Orbital Debris, Eugene Stansbery, NASA-JSC
Posters, Bernie Klem, Arnold Engineering Development Center
Space-based Assets, Seth Harvey, Air Force Research Laboratory
Space Situational Awareness, Lt Col Jim Shell, Space Innovation & Development Center, USAF

Po‘okela Sponsor

The Boeing Company

Laulima Sponsor


Lokahi Sponsors

BAE Systems
County of Maui
Space Foundation

Kupa‘a Sponsors

Integral Systems
Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman
Pacific Defense Solutions

Malama Sponsors

Applied Optimization
Applied Technology Associates
Intelligent Software Solutions
RadiantBlue Technologies


Applied Optimization
Applied Technology Associates
BAE Systems
Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman
Scalable Display Technologies

Overview and Highlights

Co-hosted by The Boeing Company, the conference kicks off with the welcome reception providing participants with a unique networking opportunity. Surrounded by tropical breezes participants and their guests were greeted with a shell lei, a beverage, appetizers, all while listening to the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific.
Over 80 technical papers were presented in oral and poster sessions by engineers and technical specialists from around the globe.  In addition to strong technical content, AMOS presented panels on “Space Debris Observation Status and Needs” and “Future Directions for Collaborative SSA.”
In what’s become a highly anticipated annual event, this year’s Space in the Classroom activities featured an “Audience with an Astronaut” with astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao, hands-on space-related science experiments and a visit with industry leaders in the AMOS Exhibit Center for 300 Maui students, as well as a full-day workshop for 15 teachers co-presented by the Space Foundation with support from industry partners.