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The Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference is the premier technical conference in the nation devoted to space surveillance. The cross section of military, contractor, and academic participation fuels important dialogue and collaboration on a national and international scale. The continued growth in attendance and participating countries reflects a growing interest in Space Situational Awareness as new actors—national governments, start-up companies, universities, and non-governmental entities—become more involved in space activities.

In addition to Technical Sessions, the AMOS Conference includes Keynote Speakers, Policy Forums, Exhibit Sessions, Technical Short Courses and Networking events. In 2018, the first annual EMER-GEN program, designed especially for young professionals and students (35 and under) enthusiastic about careers in space, was launched.

The AMOS Conference is a program of the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. (MEDB), a nonprofit corporation established in 1982 to focus on diversifying Maui’s economy. MEDB’s mission involves taking innovative actions that strengthen existing industry as well as diversifying through new opportunities.

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Technical Chairs

Paul Kervin, AFRL/RDSM
Wes Freiwald, PDS

Conference Advisor

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

2018 Session Chairs

Adaptive Optics and Imaging
Scott Hunt, Air Force Research Laboratory
John Lambert, Cornerstone Defense

Islam Hussein, L3 Applied Defense Solutions
Vishnuu Mallik, University of Texas at Austin

Non-Resolved Object Characterization
Heather Cowardin, Jacobs-JETS
Marcus Holzinger, University of Colorado Boulder

Optical Systems & Instrumentation
Tamara Payne, Applied Optimization
Jim Shell, Novarum Tech

Orbital Debris
James Frith, Orbital Debris
Noelia Sanchez Ortiz, Deimos Space

Rita Cognion, BAE Systems
Tom Kelecy, L3 Applied Defense Solutions

Space Situational Awareness
Greg Cohen, Western Sydney University
Tim Flohrer, ESA/ESOC Space Debris Office

Space-Based Assets
Pat Patterson, Space Dynamics Laboratory
Jeff Sherk, Metis


Why Attend

  • Make connections with industry leaders and key customers in just a week — saving your company travel cost for multiple trips around the world.
  • Gain topic-specific expertise in the fields of telescope optics, adaptive imaging, and space situational awareness.
  • Stay on the cutting edge of industry trends.
  • International cross-sharing of knowledge within the SSA community.

Download a sampling of companies, universities, and government organizations that attended AMOS. List of organizations.


“Established great contacts, received fine lecture and input, visited with old colleagues.”
“Great opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and refresh knowledge of SSA.”
“Excellent information transfer and interactions in a fantastic setting.”

20 Reasons to Attend AMOS 2019

2018 AMOS Conference Highlights

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