USU’s Space Dynamics Laboratory sponsors 17th Calibration Conference

Karen Wolfe
Utah State University/Space Dynamics Laboratory
August 20, 2008

North Logan—August 25-28 marks the 17th annual CALCON Technical Conference held on the Utah State University campus in the Eccles Conference Center.

The conference will include a pre-conference tutorial 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 the drivers of global climate, as well as providing the military with the tools necessary for national defense.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Chester DeCesaris, Jr. of the Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville, Alabama.  Mr. DeCesaris is responsible for all flight and ground testing, characterization, critical measurement and lethality tests of MDA’s ballistic missile defense system.

Sponsored in part by the Space Dynamics Laboratory, or SDL, the conference brings together an international contingent of scientists and engineers to discuss the challenging issues of calibrating increasingly more complex remote sensing instrumentation.

SDL has deep expertise and is nationally recognized for their calibration capabilities. The laboratory has recently invested over 6 million dollars for upgrades to their equipment, which has brought increasing national and international interest to its North Logan 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