Space Dynamics Laboratory hosts 16th Calibration Conference at USU

By Karen Wolfe
Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory
August 28, 2007

North Logan— September 10-13 marks the 16th year of the CALCON Technical Conference held on the Utah State University campus in the Nora Eccles Conference Center.

The conference’s keynote speaker is Dr. Alfred Powell, Jr., Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Center for Satellite Applications and Research, or STAR. Under Dr. Powell’s leadership, NOAA and STAR are using data from satellites to assess the current conditions of Earth, predict future changes, and understand long-term changes in climate. The keynote address will be held Tuesday, September 11, at 8:30 a.m.

The conference will include a pre-conference workshop and several technical sessions with presentations from all sectors of the calibration community. Accurate calibration of space-based sensors is essential to gathering data to help scientists understand global climate change as well as providing the military with the tools necessary for national defense.

Sponsored in part by the Space Dynamics Laboratory, the conference brings together members of the international scientific and engineering communities to discuss the increasingly more challenging issues of calibrating remote sensing instrumentation. SDL has deep expertise in sensor calibration, and representatives from SDL will chair several of the technical sessions.

SDL has nationally recognized calibration capabilities at their campus in North Logan. The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a spending bill that included Utah Senator Bob Bennett’s request for $500,000 to SDL for continued improvements to their calibration facilities.

Other conference sponsors include the Missile Defense Agency, National Institute of Standards and Technology and NOAA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System.

For more information on CALCON, including session information and the agenda for technical presentations, visit