Registration for the 21st Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference will open first week of June.  The premier technical conference in the nation devoted to space situational awarenesspresented by Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), is to be held September 15-18, 2020 at the Wailea Beach Resort.   

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for the hosting of live conferences and MEDB is monitoring the situation and conditions which may affect how the conference proceeds. With travel restrictions in place for organizations and countries, the team is exploring the opportunity to include virtual presentations and livestreaming for those unable to attend in person. 

The health and well-being of participants is our highest priority while maintaining the important dialogue, the networking opportunities and the Aloha Spirit the AMOS Conference is known for.” said Sandy Ryan, Conference Director of Maui Economic Development Board. 

The AMOS Conference features keynote speakers, policy forums, technical sessions, exhibits and networking events. The Policy Forums held each morning are coordinated in collaboration with Secure World Foundation, and explore international issues related to Space Situational Awareness. Bringing together the developers and implementers of SSA capabilities and the architects of SSA policy provides a forum to interact at a time when the landscape is rapidly changing. 

The call for papers once again attracted record-breaking numbers of submissions and over 150 abstract authors were recently notified of the acceptance to present their papers at AMOS 2020 either orally during the technical sessions or as a poster. This year’s technical sessions introduce the new topic of Cis-lunar SSA while Atmospherics/Space Weather makes a return to the line-upTopics are selected according to the number and quality of submissions. Other topics to be presented will be Adaptive Optics & Imaging; Astrodynamics; Machine Learning Applications of SSA; Non-Resolved Object Characterization; Optical Systems & Instrumentation; Orbital Debris; Space-Based Assets and Space Situational Awareness 

Ten technical short courses will also run on Tuesday, September 15 with topics to be announced later this month.  Short courses are an optional addition to the program for attendees to upgrade technical skills and remain abreast of recent development in fields of interest. 

3rd Annual EMER-GEN 

Nicole Gagnier, Boeing takes notes during the mentor session. Seated to her left are mentors Diane Howard and Regina Peldszuz.

Registration for the 3rd annual EMER-GEN Program, a joint initiative of the AMOS Conference and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) will also open in June. The program for young professionals and students 18 to 35 years old is expanding this year to include webinars before and after the main event with a focus on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship among the cohort. Through the whole program, participants will be challenged to solve/hack a problem to create new opportunities for space-based technologies. 

The 2020 EMER-GEN Planning Committee welcomes two representatives from the Space Generation Advisory Council — Quentin Verspieren, Intelligent Space Systems Laboratory, The University of Tokyo; and Michael Barton, a.i. solutions and 2018 and 2019 Cohort.  They are joined by Amber Imai, a member of the 2019 EMER-GEN cohort and an Avionics Engineer with Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory.  

“The young professionals on the planning committee provide invaluable input to deliver a program relevant to the needs of their peers,” said Sandy Ryan. “We are really lucky this year to have representation of diverse perspectives – international, local Hawaiian and U.S. Industry. 

The EMER-GEN program precedes the AMOS Conference, September 13 -15, and will again feature the popular mentoring sessions with renowned space specialists, along with professional development sessions designed to enhance the young professionals’ effectiveness in a global environment. 

The annual AMOS Conference and EMER-GEN Program provide the opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of industry trends while networking and cross-sharing knowledge within the SSA community.  For further details on registration for AMOS go to and for EMERGEN 2020, please visit 

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