2022 AMOS Conference

2022 AMOS Conference

Start Date: Sep 27, 2022

End Date: Sep 30, 2022

The Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference is the premier technical conference in the nation devoted to space situational awareness/space domain awareness. The cross section of private sector, government and academic participation helps foster important dialogue and international collaboration. AMOS attendees can track the latest space situational awareness (SSA)/ space domain awareness (SDA) advancements and industry trends through numerous technical presentations, panel discussions, and senior level keynotes.

Check out some highlights from the 2021 AMOS Conference:

CHECK HERE for the event agenda.


AFRL will host several booth chats with AFRL program officers to discuss technologies and funding and career opportunities throughout Sept. 28-29, 2022 at the times listed below. AFRL speakers include:

  • Dr. Stacie Williams, AFRL/AFOSR, Space Architect
  • Dr. Grant Thomas, AFRL/AFOSR, Program Officer, International Program
  • Ellen Robinson, AFRL/AFOSR, Program Manager
  • Katie Wisecarver, AFRL/AFOSR, Program Manager


Can’t attend the AMOS Conference in-person? Visit the virtual AFRL exhibit booth on September 28 and September 29 from 3pm ET/9am HST – 11pm ET/5pm HST. To gain access, sign into the AMOS 2022 Virtual App.


Attendees can expect to connect with AFRL about the AMOS site, SSPIDR, Small Satellite Portfolio, NTS-3, as well as learn more about funding and career opportunities through AFRL’s basic research arm, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.


The AMOS Conference welcomes 150 Maui County middle school students and their STEM educators to meet astronaut Scott “Scooter” Altman and visit exhibit booths for hands-on STEM activities.


To honor AFRL/AFOSR’s 70 years of research innovation and to educate people around the world about the importance of basic research, we invite you to be part of this inaugural Basic Research Art of Science Showcase by submitting your basic research inspired art. Submissions due by Friday, October 7. For more information, click here to view the Basic Research Art of Science submission guidelines.


For press related inquiries, please email Shelley.Rich.1@us.af.mil.


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Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS)

The AMOS site consists of two facilities that conduct SDA operations and research and development (R&D). The first facility is the Maui Space Surveillance System (MSSS) and the second is the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC).

Research thrusts at the AMOS site include satellite detection and identification, atmospheric compensation and resolved imaging, astrodynamics and orbital metrics, sensor development, laser propagation through the Earth’s atmosphere, database cataloging of satellite images, and high-performance computer modeling and simulation. In addition to its use as an R&D facility, AMOS has been called upon to help identify and/or track spacecraft payloads and communication satellites. LEARN MORE

Aerospike Rocket Integration and Suborbital Experiment (ARISE)/Tactically Responsive Space Access (TRSA)

The Aerospike Rocket Integration and Suborbital Experiment (ARISE) is the most ambitious technology demonstrator yet under AFRL’s Affordable Responsive Modular Rocket (ARMR) portfolio.

TRSA will highlight the lab’s cutting-edge rocket propulsion capabilities, enabling the delivery of tomorrow’s payloads in safer, more efficient ways. Scientists and engineers are maturing and demonstrating advanced rocket propulsion and space access technologies with commercial and government partners to enable tactically responsive space access, or TRSA. The goal is to facilitate U.S. Space Force space access that is resilient, survivable, rapid and responsive while ensuring relevant timelines and supporting a vibrant and stable launch market. LEARN MORE

Rotating Detonation Rocket Engines (RDRE)

AFRL’s Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine (RDRE) program is developing more efficient, compact and stable combustor designs for Liquid Rocket Engines (LREs). The technology development approach integrates the state-of-the-art Modeling & Simulation (M&S) and experiments. LEARN MORE


The United States Air Force and Space Force jointly present Hack-A-Sat, a Capture the Flag style hacking competition designed to inspire the world’s top cybersecurity talent to develop the skills necessary to help reduce vulnerabilities and build more secure space systems. LEARN MORE

Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research Project (SSPIDR)

SSPIDR is a series of integrated demonstrations and technology maturation efforts at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate to develop space-based solar power collection and transmission capabilities. LEARN MORE

Navigation Technology Satellite – 3 (NTS-3)

NTS-3, America’s next experimental navigation satellite, will push the boundary of today’s position, navigation, and timing (PNT) technology to pave the way for a more flexible, robust, and resilient architecture for satellite navigation technology. LEARN MORE

Small Satellite Portfolio (SSP)

AFRL’s Small Satellite Portfolio is advancing communications technologies to support the Hybrid Architecture. Through the SSP, AFRL Is developing, testing, and transitioning automation and autonomy tools needed to seamlessly wage all-domain warfare. These tools will enable the warfighter to use disparate assets distributed across the all-domain battlefield to provide coordinated effects while under attack. LEARN MORE

Starfire Optical Range

As part of AFRL’s Directed Energy, Space Electro-Optics Division, the Starfire Optical Range (SOR) is a vital resource in achieving the Department of the Air Force’s mission to operate freely in space. This world-class research facility is located on a hilltop 1,900 meters (6,240 feet) above sea level on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. SOR’s primary mission is to develop optical sensing, imaging, and atmospheric compensation technologies to support aerospace missions. LEARN MORE


The Air Force Office of Scientific Research continues to expand the horizon of scientific knowledge through its leadership and management of the Air Force’s basic research program. As a vital component of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR’s mission is to support Air Force goals of control and maximum utilization of air, space, and cyberspace.

  • Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program
  • Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
  • Historically Black Colleges And Universities And Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program
  • Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
  • Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
  • Air Force Science & Technology Fellowship Program (STFP)
  • STEM Program FOA

For a full list, view the AFRL/AFOSR program guide.


The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace forces. With a workforce of 11,000+ across nine technology areas and 40 other operations worldwide, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development.

Within AFRL, scientists and engineers collaborate to execute crosscutting R&D. External collaboration including partnerships with industry, academia and other agencies is also an integral part of AFRL’s business model. In continuing with this integrated, cooperative approach, AFRL will seamlessly support the S&T needs of two services: the Air Force and the Space Force. Today’s global threats require multidisciplinary solutions, and AFRL is committed to supporting the warfighter in every key domain.