The 18th AMOS Conference held September 2017 attracted the highest attendance to date, welcoming a total of 738 participants with 48% from industry, 30% from military and government, 14% from academia,  5% from Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and 3% other. A continued emphasis on global SSA efforts resulted in our highest international attendance yet—100 individuals participated from 15 countries. The Conference featured more than 100 technical papers in the fields of sensor processing, adaptive imaging, and Space Situational Awareness. In addition, 30 sponsors and exhibitors contributed to the success of this distinctive event. Whether from military, civilian, or contractor organizations, they have advanced the surveillance of space and its associated tasks.

2017 Conference Photos & Video 

2017 AMOS Conference – Part 1
2017 AMOS Conference – Part 2
Technical Short Courses
Satellite Watching and Star Party
2017 Space Exploration Student Session


2017AMOS Program
Download 2017 Conference Program

Download Abstract Book

 Technical Chairs

Paul Kervin, AFRL/RDSM
Wes Freiwald, IAI-PDS

Conference Advisor

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

2017 Session Chairs

Adaptive Optics and Imaging
Eric Pearce, University of Arizona Steward Observatory
Stacie Williams, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Marcus Holzinger, Georgia Institute of Technology
Paul Schumacher, Air Force Research Laboratory

Non-Resolved Object Characterization
Heather Cowardin, University of Texas El Paso, Jacobs-JETS
Matthew Hejduk, Astrorum Consulting

Optical Systems
Mike Dearborn, MITRE Corporation
Jim Shell, Novarum Tech

Orbital Debris
Carolin Frueh, Purdue University
Tim Flohrer, ESA/ESOC Space Debris Office

Space Situational Awareness (SSA)
James “Chris” Higgins, SMC/SYGO
Robert “Lauchie” Scott, Defence R&D Canada

Ryan Coder, AFRL, Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site and
Tamara Payne, Applied Optimization

Mahalo to our 2017 Sponsors and Exhibitors

PO’OKELA (striving for the best)

The Boeing CompanyBOEING is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, C4ISR, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, and performance-based logistics and training.


Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace innovation. Its broad range of capabilities includes creating new, more efficient members of its commercial airplane family, creating advanced technology solutions for military customers and integrating aircraft, defense systems and warfighters through network-enabled solutions.

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LAULIMA (working together)

Laulim_SAICSCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (SAIC) is a premier technology integrator in the technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC has approximately 15,000 employees worldwide.
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LOKAHI (collaboration and unity)

AMOS Conference SponsorANALYTICAL GRAPHICS, INC. (AGI) is the official software provider of the AMOS Conference. AGI provides commercial software for designing, developing and operating missions within the space and national defense communities.


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Lokahi_LM_compVHeadquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, LOCKHEED MARTIN is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
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County of MauiThe government of the COUNTY OF MAUI, encompasses the islands of Kaho`olawe, Lana`i, Maui and Moloka`i, in the State of Hawai`i, USA with a mission to promote and nurture sustainable economic development within Maui County consistent with the community’s needs and priorities. Support for the AMOS Conference comes through the County’s Office of Economic Development which works in partnership with the community, business and government sectors to strengthen and diversify the economy by supporting existing businesses, and by assisting in the attraction, development and expansion of new businesses.
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From ocean to orbit and everywhere in between, HARRIS provides mission-critical solutions to connect, inform and protect the world. Harris is a proven leader in tactical communications, geospatial systems and services, air traffic management, environmental solutions, avionics and electronic warfare, and space and intelligence. Harris delivers its innovative solutions through its three business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems and Electronic Systems. [Visit Site]
Kupaa_RaytheonRAYTHEON COMPANY is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Founded in 1922, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, capabilities in C5I (command, control, communications, computing, cyber and intelligence), sensing, effects and mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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Lokahi_SWFSECURE WORLD FOUNDATION is an endowed, private operating foundation that promotes cooperative solutions for space sustainability and the peaceful uses of outer space. The Foundation acts as a research body, convener and facilitator to promote key space security and other space related topics and to examine their influence on governance and international development.
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Lokahi_UHSThe UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I SYSTEM includes 10 campuses and educational, training and research centers across the Hawaiian Islands. As the public system of higher education in Hawai‘i, UH offers unique and diverse opportunities.
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KUPA’A (loyal and committed)

Kupaa_ADSAPPLIED DEFENSE SOLUTIONS, INC. (ADS) is a highly-specialized Technical Services and Solutions company that applies our aerospace engineering excellence with development knowledge and operational experience to provide unique subject matter expertise to build and operate highly effective mission critical systems for its’ customers.
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BALL AEROSPACE pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. Founded at the dawn of the space age as a subsidiary of Ball Corporation, we have built on our legacy of integrity, technical expertise and value to help customers Go Beyond – across solutions, partnerships and opportunities, both today and tomorrow.
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CACI provides information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. CACI is a member of the Fortune 1000 Largest Companies, the Russell 2000 Index, and the S&P SmallCap600 Index. CACI’s sustained commitment to ethics and integrity defines its corporate culture and drives its success. [Visit Site]
NORTHROP GRUMMAN is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide, offering an extraordinary portfolio of capabilities and technologies for applications from undersea to outer space and into cyberspace.
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OrbitalATK_reg_2935cmykAs a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, ORBITAL ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world both as a prime contractor and as a merchant supplier. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; satellites and associated components and services; composite aerospace structures; tactical missiles, subsystems and defense electronics; and precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition.
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Space Foundation LogoFounded in 1983, the SPACE FOUNDATION is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.”
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SPACENAV is a Colorado-based applied mathematics & aerospace engineering company. They deliver technical solutions in the areas of Space Situational Awareness, Systems Engineering, and Mission Operations. SpaceNav’s expertise is in the areas of modeling & simulation, estimation, orbit determination, and optimization. [Visit Site]

Malama (to care for)

ai solutions malama sponsor AMOS Conferencea.i. solutions are a mature small business, offering products and services to enable your mission’s success. Since 1996, a.i. solutions’ proven capabilities and customized solutions have supported our nation’s defense and civilian space agencies.
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Malama_AOAPPLIED OPTIMIZATION, INC. (AO) was founded in 1995 by Dr. Anil Chaudhary. From our original focus on advanced manufacturing to our recent aerospace engineering projects, our mission since day one has been to offer clients the right balance of non-conformity and critical thinking. As a company of engineers and scientists, our passion for all things mathematics and science has literally opened doors for our clients in multiple industries and disciplines.
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AMOS Conference sponsorASRC Federal companies deliver engineering, information technology, infrastructure support, professional and technical services and solutions to U.S. civil, intelligence and defense agencies. We focus on providing reliable, cost-efficient services that help government customers achieve mission success.
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Malama_BraxtonBRAXTON delivers world class command, control, and communications products and services that ensure customer and mission success.
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Malama_CELESTRON LogoCELESTRON has been an optics industry leader for decades, ever since Tom Johnson unveiled the game-changing C8. We strive to continue his legacy by continually developing exciting products with revolutionary technologies.
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EXOANALYTIC SOLUTIONS is a technology and innovation leader providing world-class products and services to the US federal government and commercial customers worldwide. They deliver creative solutions to challenging problems and offer unique technical capabilities for defense, space, and intelligence applications. [Visit Site]
HNU PhotonicsHNU PHOTONICS is a science and technology company creating cutting-edge technologies and transforming innovative ideas into state-of-the-art products with commercial, scientific and military applications.  The focus of the company is renewable energy, defense photonics, specialized optics, and medical imaging technologies.
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JSF logoToward a boundless frontier JAPAN SPACE FORUM (JSF) coordinates the efforts of industry, government, and academia in support of Japan’s aerospace industry. Japan Space Forum was established to coordinate an alliance of industry, government, and academia for the development of Japan’s aerospace industry.
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N.P.C. NEW PRODUCTION CONCEPT S.r.l. is a dynamic Italian company operating in the astronomical and space field through its business unit Spacemind. NPC designs, develops and produces high performance ALT-AZ systems for demanding applications in terms of pointing/tracking accuracy and slewing rate suitable for scientific payloads ranging from 500 to 1000 mm. The first realized product is called MORAL: it is a one meter class ALT-AZ telescope mount, which has been extensively tested in relevant conditions demonstrating its compliance with a whole range of SSA related activities (from space debris tracking to satellite laser ranging).
NPC can offer assistance in all design phases and provide a complete solution thanks to its consolidated chain of suppliers and partners.
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AMOS Conference sponsorOFFICINA STELLARE is an Italian company with a proven background in the design and manufacturing of optomechanical instrumentation for professional applications.  The wide range of products includes optical payload for Earth imaging satellites, “turn key” astronomical research observatories, Space Situational Awareness and debris tracking solutions, aerospace and defense applications, astroimaging systems, CCD cameras and optical antennas (laser communications).


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Malama_SESSES Government Solutions (SES GS) expands global communications capabilities of the U.S. Government by providing reliable and secure fixed commercial satellite services as well as timely and affordable solutions to access space.  With over four decades of U.S. Government experience, SES GS’s sole purpose is to provide bandwidth, end-to-end satellite communications solutions and hosted payload opportunities to U.S. Government, Intelligence and Civilian agencies.
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SN Corp AMOS Conference sponsorSierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provides customer-focused technology solutions in the areas of aerospace, aviation, electronics and systems integration, with applications including telemedicine, navigation and guidance systems, threat detection and security, scientific research and infrastructure protection. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, SNC operates under the leadership of owners, CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, with a global workforce supporting its customers.
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Software Bisque develops low cost satellite tracking systems including The SkyX Professional Edition Astronomy Software which is an essential tool for observatory control, deep space imaging and scientific discovery, and includes the broadest range of advanced features to enhance your experience under the night skies. [Visit Site]
Founded in 1998, SOLERS is an innovative Information Technology (IT) solutions provider to the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), other federal agencies, and commercial customers. There partnership with these customers and the solutions they employ directly support mission objectives and critical national security imperatives. [Visit Site]
TOPTICA develops and manufactures high-end laser systems for scientific and industrial applications. The portfolio includes diode lasers, ultrafast fiber lasers, terahertz systems and frequency combs. OEM customers, scientists, and over a dozen Nobel laureates all acknowledge the world-class exceptional specifications of TOPTICA’s lasers, as well as their reliability and longevity.


With “A Passion for Precision” TOPTICA’s 230 employees take pride in developing customized systems. In close collaboration with several universities and institutes, latest scientific discoveries are frequently incorporated into commercial products. With a global distribution network, TOPTICA provides exceptional service worldwide.
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Malama_Tyvak_LogoTYVAK has been the leading expert in nanosatellite technology for over 10 years. As pioneers in the field—dating back to the original CubeSat—we’ve demonstrated our ability to revolutionize the design and manufacturing of these tiny, yet immensely powerful, satellites.
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Featured Exhibitors

a.i. solutionsHNu Photonics
Air Force Research Laboratory, AMOSLockheed Martin
Analytical Graphics, Inc.Maui High Performance Computing Center
Applied Optimization, Inc.Northrop Grumman
ASA Astrosysteme GMBHN.P.C. New Production Concept S.r.l.
Astro HavenOfficina Stellare
BAE SystemsPlaneWave Instruments
The Boeing CompanySeradata
CACISoftware Bisque
CelestronTOPTICA Photonics
ExoAnalytic SolutionsTyvak
Finger Lakes InstrumentationUniversity of Hawaii