Our Islands, Our Future

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference (AMOS) brought together a record-breaking 919 participants from 18 countries, the largest in its history. The premier technical conference in the nation devoted to Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Traffic Management (STM), AMOS included a cross-section of private sector, government, and academic participation addressing the full spectrum of economic and technical aspects of space security and space policy from a global perspective.

“Discussions included views on effective international cooperation in space and the long-term sustainability of the space environment,” said Leslie Wilkins, MEDB President and CEO. “With the advent of mega constellations, active spacecraft and inactive objects in orbit, the total  number of space objects is likely to double within the next decade. This will increase the probability of collisions, making normal daily life vulnerable to any disruption in the functioning of satellites.”

Held at the Wailea Beach Resort-Marriott, Maui, the conference attracted nearly 200 technical papers. Selected papers will be published in the American Astronautical Society’s Journal of Astronautical Sciences. In addition to the technical sessions, the AMOS Conference included keynote speakers, policy forums, exhibit and poster sessions, technical short courses, networking events, and best paper and best student awards.

Kevin O’ Connell, Director of the Office of Space Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce, explained in his keynote, “Improving SSA and STM is one of the essential enablers of a rapidly growing commercial space economy. The Commerce Department plays a role in the international cooperation efforts, working to ensure that the global market for satellite survey and communication services remains open and fair to all countries.”

Preceding the AMOS Conference, the 2nd Annual EMER-GEN program for young professionals (age 35 and under) studied real problems in space with the world’s best mentors through team-based cultural and leadership activities. “Multiple teams, multiple agendas, multilateral diplomatic relations, all funneled into a SSA presentation to see which teams succeeded in properly managing their space program,” said Dylan Schwarzmeier, Pacific Defense Solutions. “This was an unimaginably fun bootcamp for critical thinking.”

The AMOS Conference welcomed 150 Maui County middle and high school students and educators to meet astronaut Dr. Ed Lu and visit exhibit booths for hands-on science activities.

Leslie Wilkins, MEDB President and CEO