Small, Lightweight Imaging Sensor For Remote Sensing Applications
Fitchburg, MA, January 24, 2016 — Headwall has responded to market demand for a spectral imaging sensor that collects chlorophyll fluorescence (CF) data vital to understanding plant and crop photosynthesis. Applications such as crop science and climatology will benefit from this new instrument, which features industry-best size, weight, and resolution specifications (0.25nm). Other important specifications include SNR of 680:1 and 1,600 spatial pixels.
The sensor collects image data at extremely high resolution across the chlorophyll fluorescence emission spectrum from 670 to 780nm. This allows both the important ‘Oxygen-A’ and ‘Oxygen-B’ bands (O2-A and O2-B) to be exploited for more accurate insight into photosynthetic processes. The sensor uses an all-reflective approach and Headwall’s own precise diffraction gratings, meaning high signal-to-noise performance vital to capturing scientific-grade data across this critical spectral range.
The rapidly evolving need for food and biofuels on a global scale was a driver for the development of the new sensor, said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “We see that crop photosynthesis modeling is much less accurate than it needs to be, and our new sensor provides more scientific data for these important indices than anything on the market today.” Dr. Lawrence Corp of NASA noted the value of Headwall’s new instrument as a key element of his research efforts: “Since Chlorophyll fluorescence signals are relatively weak, a small and light imaging sensor that can collect this data at very high resolution is a game-changer for us when it comes to learning more about our global ecosystems.”
The new sensor is small and light enough for use aboard many of today’s commercial available UAVs, and it can also be used aboard aircraft and satellites. The sensor weighs about 6kg (13 lb.) and its footprint measures 300x200x200mm (12” x 8” x 8”).
The Hyperspec Fluorescence sensor is available for delivery 8-12 weeks after order.
About Headwall Photonics
Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance instruments have been selected by end-user corporations, OEMs, and universities around the world. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.
For information about Headwall, contact:
Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.
601 River Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA
Tel: +1 978-353-4051