Not sure if you know this, but Maui is the place to be for people who work in what’s known as space surveillance. Basically, that’s anyone (corporate and military) who works at locating and tracking objects in Earth orbit–stuff we launched up there (both active and debris) as well as asteroids and other rocks that end up there. It may sound like Buck Rogers stuff, but given this nation’s low number starships, most of those working in the field don’t actually get to suit up and fly through space.
Starting Sept. 7, many of those people will come here to Maui for the big Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference. Like all big high-tech military-industrial conferences on Maui, it’s being held in Wailea–specifically, the Marriott.
Of course, don’t let the fact that the conference deals with space, satellites and surveillance. That may sound like comic book stuff, but when you look over the AMOS promotional materials, you quickly see it’s anything but.
“The Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference is the premier technical conference in the nation devoted to space surveillance,” states the AMOS website. “The cross section of military, contractor, and academic participation in the field of space situational awareness is unmatched by any other conference in the world, as evidenced by the continued growth in attendance, and the corresponding increase in technical excellence and collaboration.”
Here are just a few of this year’s many conference seminars, according to the official AMOS Conference agenda:
• Ground and Airborne Infrared Astronomy for Space Situational Awareness
• Scalable Conjunction Processing Using Spatiotemporally Indexed Ephemeris Data
• Implications of Hierarchies for RSO Characterization, Recognition, and Identification
• Next Generation Space Surveillance System-of-Systems
• Space Trash
Anyway, if space trash or military-industrial-technical aspects of space surveillance interest you, check out Amostech.com for more info. The conference runs Sept. 7-13.
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