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Christopher Van Veen

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Hyperspec SWIR Gets UAV Wings!

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Remote sensing with hyperspectral sensors is  a combination of several elements: an imaging spectrometer and a fast data processing system to acquire and analyze spectral and spatial data. For remote sensing missions such as crop disease or invasive species detection, the spectral range of most interest is the visible-near-infrared (VNIR) from 400-1000nm.

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Tags: hyperspectral imaging, Airborne, Remote Sensing, geology

The Eyes Have It...But Not Always

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Humans have a marvelous ability to see and identify objects within what is called the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum. That starts at roughly 380 nanometers and goes up to around 700 nanometers or so.

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Tags: hyperspectral imaging, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Nano-Hyperspec

A Hyperspectral View of Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Headwall's hyperspectral imaging sensors are used around the globe for a wide variety of remote sensing missions. Hyperspectral sensors can see well beyond the limits of human vision, which runs to about 700 nanometers (nm). Many of the scientific research projects demand the ability to see into the infrared ranges, often up to and beyond 2500nm.

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Spreading Holiday Cheer at Headwall

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Wed, Dec 21, 2016

In 2016 Headwall embarked on a mission of volunteerism. The small, 50-person technology company headquartered in Fitchburg understood that the community it called home was also home to disadvantaged families in need. So beginning with a variety of projects throughout the area, Headwall employees embraced the opportunity to ‘give back’ by partnering with a local charitable organization called Our Father’s House.

“Our goals were twofold,” said Robin Jacobs of Headwall. “We wanted to help out wherever the need arose and we wanted to have broad employee participation,” she said. In addition to sprucing up neighborhoods and planting trees, Headwall and its employees purchased and assembled hundreds of ‘personal care kits’ for disadvantaged people in the area. “It really was a fun experience each time we assembled these kits,” said Robin. “We all knew we were putting a smile on someone’s face and making their difficult life a little less difficult.”

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Headwall had almost 100% employee participation in purchasing new gifts for area children. 

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Headwall employees carrying gift bags to Our Father’s House transport truck

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Tags: Fitchburg, Our Father's House, Charity, Giving, Christmas

The Spirit of Giving at Headwall

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Fri, Nov 18, 2016

The corporate environment is always a bustling one: Getting and shipping orders, building sensors, designing new products, and maneuvering through a seemingly endless stream of meetings. But at Headwall, we take the opportunity to ‘give back’ to several central Massachusetts communities with families in need. This can range from assembling ‘personal care kits’ to cleaning and beautifying neighborhoods. This happens several times during the year, and is a part of Headwall's ongoing pledge to donate and contribute wherever possible to those less fortunate.

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Tags: Fitchburg, Our Father's House, Charity, Giving, Thanksgiving

Almond Inspection Goes High-Tech

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Fri, Nov 18, 2016

In Manteca, CA about 90 minutes south of Sacramento sits Travaille and Phippen, a family-run business focused on processing the world's finest almonds. Manteca sits at the heart of California's agricultural valley, which is ripe with growers and processing companies of everything from avocados to nuts. Chances are, the produce that you pick up at your local grocery store comes from this fertile part of California that stretches hundreds of miles from north to south.

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Tags: hyperspectral, Almonds, almond inspection, Manteca, CA, Travaille and Phippen, Bratney Companies, advanced machine vision

Nano-Hyperspec, PrecisionHawk Impress!

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Wed, Jul 06, 2016

Steven Sexton is Technical Consultant at Aerial Imaging Services, LLC (Ephrata, WA). With broad availability of new UAVs and high-performance hyperspectral imaging sensors, Steven's business is a good one. 'Remote sensing' is the study of agriculture, climatology, geology, and infrastructure from airborne platforms. The amount and quality of image data the sensors collect is amazing, allowing scientists to make important decisions about crops, plant health, mineral deposits, and environmental trends.

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Tags: Remote Sensing, UAV, precision agriculture, Nano-Hyperspec, PrecisionHawk

Landmine Detection Using Hyperspectral Imaging

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Wed, Apr 20, 2016

 

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Tags: hyperspectral, Remote Sensing, UAS, UAV, University of Bristol

Data Fusion: A New Capability for the Remote Sensing Community

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Tue, Mar 01, 2016

We’re seeing a tremendous increase in the number of airborne deployments for our hyperspectral imaging sensors. To a large degree, the trend toward smaller and more affordable UAVs is giving the remote sensing community more flexibility to undertake more missions to capture meaningful environmental data. From wine-grape vineyards in northern California to coffee bean plantations in South America, the precision agriculture community is embracing packaged ‘UAS’ offerings that combine a UAV matched to the payload it needs to carry.

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Tags: Airborne, Remote Sensing, UAS, UAV

Hyperspectral Imaging Technology a New Frontier for KAUST in Saudi Arabia

Posted by Christopher Van Veen on Thu, Oct 08, 2015

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a public research institution in Saudi Arabia. By any measure it is a very young university, founded in 2009. But in that short span of time it has rapidly grown to accumulate an astounding number of research and citation records.

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Tags: Remote Sensing, UAS