In 2017, the American Astronautical Society’s (AAS) Space Surveillance Technical Committee (SSTC), in partnership with the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), initiated the peer review process and publication of selected AMOS Conference 2017 papers in the Journal of Astronautical Sciences.

The Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference, presented by MEDB, is the premier technical conference in the nation devoted to space situational awareness. The cross section of private sector, government, and academic participation helps foster important dialogue and international collaboration.

“Peer review of select conference papers furthers the AMOS Conference’s standing as the lead technical conference in the area of SSA and provides a reference point for researchers working in the SSA and STM fields, ” said AAS SSTC member Robert Lauchie Scott, a Defence Scientist with Defence R & D Canada. “We look forward to publishing the leading technical papers from AMOS with a view toward promoting the newest technologies, techniques, and practices ensuring the security and sustainable use of our Earth’s orbital resource.”

The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences is an archival publication devoted to the sciences and technology of astronautics. Articles are published which present significant new results, important insights, or state of the art surveys in all areas of astrodynamics, celestial mechanics, atmospheric flight mechanics, navigation and guidance, and space related sciences.

The AMOS 2017 Special Topic covers papers describing research in areas presented at the 2017 AMOS Conference, such as geostationary satellite albedo characterization, spacecraft surface degradation due to the space environment and its effect on albedo, machine learning applied to space object characterization, and tools to assess the state of the orbital debris environment.

Papers are invited based on a technical review for their novel contribution to the state-of-the art in Space Situational Awareness (SSA), high quality of scholarship, potential for innovation and leadership, and/or if the paper shows promise for a change of direction in the way that stakeholders in the SSA community could improve their understanding of the situation in space. The AAS Space Surveillance Technical Committee looks for detailed and comprehensive research that merits visibility by an international journal.

Volume 66, Issue 2 of the Journal of Astronautical Sciences can be viewed at

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, the AMOS Conference will be held September 17-20, 2019 at the Wailea Beach Marriott, Maui, Hawaii.  For further details please visit