In collaboration with the Space Surveillance Technical Committee of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), the AMOS Conference recognized outstanding efforts in the field of SSA and SDA by presenting the third annual AMOS Conference Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards.

“We have been working closely with AAS for several years,” said Paul Kervin, AMOS Conference Technical Chair, “The collaboration has added to the quality of the conference in several ways. One of those ways is the technical award process. We have a rigorous and in-depth review process that involves dozens of AAS members in both the evaluation and the determination of the Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards.”

Lauchie Scott, AAS Technical Subcommittee Chair, explained, “The AMOS Student Paper Award was established to recognize a student author who writes a technical paper showing technical scholarship excellence in the field of SSA research. This award recognizes work in one of the most challenging areas of research and development. Papers are evaluated by a board of SSA experts in government, academia, and industry.”


Jesse Greaves presenter of the 2020 AMOS Conference Best Paper.

The AMOS Conference Best Paper Award was presented to Jesse Greaves and Daniel Scheeres for their paper titled “Maneuver Detection for Cislunar Vehicles Using Optical Measurements.

Scott said, “Cislunar Space Domain Awareness is a very new field of research. The Best Paper highlighted the significance for the need to measure exceedingly small velocity changes of space objects in order to ensure they can be regularly tracked by an observer near the Moon, helping guide new SSA requirements for this orbital regime.”


Samuel Wishnek won the Best Student Paper Award.

The AMOS Conference Best Student Paper Award was presented to Sam Wishnek for his paper titled “Robust Initial Orbit Determination Using Streaks and Admissible Regions”.

Scott said, “The Best Student Paper detailed an optimized and broadly versatile technique to perform initial orbit determination in virtually any orbital regime, a highly innovative and very efficient approach to the initial orbit determination problem. Wishnek is a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder.”

Award recipients were able to give thanks for their awards during the virtual presentation via a pre-recorded video.

Leslie Wilkins, President and CEO of Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) added, “In collaboration with AAS, select papers presented at this year’s conference will be peer-reviewed and published in a special issue of the Journal of Astronautical Sciences. We are grateful to AAS and the Committee for acknowledging the technical merits and state-of-the-art contributions of the AMOS community.”