The 22nd Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference, was hybrid this year, having both in-person and virtual components. The premier technical conference in the nation devoted to Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Domain Awareness (SDA), offered a cross-section of government, academic, and private-sector participation to help foster dialogue and international collaboration.

With meticulous health and safety planning by the AMOS Conference team, it was possible to present a hybrid event which enabled our international partners to contribute to the discussions that help build partnerships, collaborations, and protocols for good actors in the space domain. Since 2013, the presentation of two invited workshops—the AMOS Dialogue and the International SSA Data Operators Forum—provide ongoing opportunities to advance international cooperation and collaboration on space situational awareness.

In addition to the technical sessions, the AMOS Conference included keynote speakers, SSA policy forums, exhibit sessions, technical short courses and networking events. The policy forums, organized in collaboration with Secure World Foundation, were held after the keynote at the start of each day, of the 3-day conference. These sessions brought together the developers and implementers of SSA capabilities and the architects of SSA policy to explore international issues related to space sustainability.

Read the full 2021 AMOS Conference Highlights

Congratulations to the 2021 AMOS Award Winners

Best Paper Award

C. Channing Chow II, Cloudstone Innovations, LLC
Cislunar Orbit Determination Behavior: Processing Observations of Periodic Orbits with Gaussian Mixture Model Estimation Filters

Student Award

Shaylah Mutschler, University of Colorado Boulder
Application of SoleiTool for Density Estimation using CubeSat GPS Data

2021 Technical Chairs

Paul Kervin, AFRL/RDSM
Daron Nishimoto, Pacific Defense Solutions – A Centauri Company

2021 Conference Advisors

Col L. Kirk Lewis, Ret., Institute for Defense Analyses
Jeanne Skog, Skog Rasmussen LLC

2021 Session Chairs


Thomas Kelecy, The Stratagem Group
Samuel Wishnek, University of Colorado Boulder

Atmospherics/Space Weather

Randall Alliss, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Brandon “BT” Cesul, Centauri

Cislunar SSA

James Frith, AFRL RVSW
Jesse Greaves, University of Colorado Boulder


James Blake, University of Warwick
Darren McKnight, LeoLabs
Matthew Stevenson, LeoLabs

Dynamic Tasking

David Brough, Numerica
Gabe Egolf, Parsons

Machine Learning for SSA Applications

Islam Hussein, Trusted Space
Charlotte Shabarekh, MIT Lincoln Library

Non-Resolved Object Characterization

Heather Cowardin, NASA Johnson Space Center
Weston Faber, L3 Harris
Zach Gazak, Odyssey Systems

Optical Systems & Instrumentation

Bradford Barrett, AFOSR
Matthew Bold
, Lockheed Martin
Stacie Williams, AFOSR

Space Situational/Domain Awareness

Moriba Jah, University of Texas at Austin
Danielle Wood, Space Enabled Research Group, MIT Media Lab