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100 Earth-Shattering Remote Sensing Applications

Remote sensing as a technique is finding more and more acceptance beyond early military and agricultural applications. Take a look at this intriguing list published in GISGeography. We can help you with many of these applications. Related to list item number 2, we recently introduced our new LiDAR Tools software package to support a lightweight LiDAR add-on that can be incorporated onto our integrated UAV payload.
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Demonstrating Hyperspectral Imaging in Amsterdam!

In Amsterdam this week, more than 40 attendees at the IEEE SpectroExpo-WHISPERS conference have participated in a field test of Headwall's Nano-Hyperspec® VNIR sensor. VNIR is shorthand for 'Visible-Near-Infrared,' and the sensor collects image data from 400-1000nm across 270 spectral bands and 640 spatial pixels.

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Airborne Integration Considerations

Our customers come to us with missions that range from crop disease detection to infrastructure inspection, from environmental monitoring to pollution analysis. Hyperspectral imaging sensors provide a wealth of high-resolution data in the near-infrared and shortwave infrared ranges...beyond human vision. But we see an increasing level of integration occurring where hyperspectral rides alongside instruments such as thermal, LiDAR, and GPS/IMUs. The data streams coming from each instrument need to be synthesized ('data fusion') but the instruments themselves need to be positioned and located on the UAV to assure a balanced airborne package.

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XPONENTIAL AUVSI

Christopher Van Veen | Mon, May 07, 2018 | UAVRemote Sensing

Each year at a different United States location, the XPONENTIAL show brings together technologies that improve some of the most fascinating missions across both commercial and government/defense applications. The just-concluded show in Denver was no exception, and you can clearly see the evolution of the event over the years.

Initially known as AUVSI, the conference obviously showcases airborne platforms. Now, the focus of 'XPONENTIAL' is as much about payloads and instruments as it is on the latest in drone technology. What we hear in our own business we heard at the show: "I have challenges that drones and imaging sensors can solve, but I need help getting everything integrated."

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Hyperspec SWIR Gets UAV Wings!

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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The Eyes Have It...But Not Always

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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Nano-Hyperspec, PrecisionHawk Impress!

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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Landmine Detection Using Hyperspectral Imaging

 

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Data Fusion: A New Capability for the Remote Sensing Community

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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Hyperspectral Imaging Technology a New Frontier for KAUST in Saudi Arabia

Christopher Van Veen | Thu, Oct 08, 2015 | Remote SensingUAS

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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