Resource Exploration

From mining and minerals to oil and gas, resource exploration is a fundamental aspect of remote sensing. Hyperspectral technology allows scientists within these industries to gather information about what lies on the ground below. Often, the area of interest—their field of view—is barren and inaccessible. The only way to determine whether a certain area is resource-rich is to fly over it while collecting valuable hyperspectral data. One of the key aspects of a well-designed hyperspectral sensor is that it have excellent spatial and spectral resolution and a wide field-of-view. This allows for flight paths that are more efficient.

Hyperspectral imaging represents a very valuable and efficient tool for scientists because it allows them to dedicate more expensive exploratory resources where they will be most beneficial. Designed to be small, lightweight, and cost-effective, hyperspectral sensors from Headwall give companies across the petroleum and mining industries a new, ‘non-invasive’ method of exploring. In addition, hyperspectral sensors can detect areas of ecological concern before they turn disastrous.

For airborne resource exploration, choose from these Headwall hyperspectral sensors:

Micro-Hyperspec aboard custom multi-rotor UAV

This airborne configuration features a custom multi-rotor UAV with Headwall's Micro-Hyperspec sensor, LiDAR (an optional add-on) and on-board data processing and storage. Also included is Headwall's Hyperspec III application software which does the following:

  • Controls operation of the sensor while aloft, with respect to precise GPS coordinates

  • Manages post-processing tasks such as orthorectification if needed

  • Provides waterfall and real-time displays