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Headwall’s Hyperspec® Fluorescence Sensor Features Industry-Best Combination of Resolution, Size, and Weight

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.

without_golf_ball_small.jpgThe 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                

http://www.headwallphotonics.com

Email: [email protected]

Tags: hyperspectral, Airborne, Headwall

Headwall and Leica Geosystems Enter Partnership Agreement

Leica Geosystems airborne imaging capabilities enhanced with Headwall’s Hyperspec® sensors

Fitchburg, Massachusetts October 29, 2014 - Leica Geosystems and Headwall Photonics announced the establishment of a partnership agreement whereby Leica Geosystems will resell and integrate Headwall’s line of hyperspectral imaging sensors into their airborne product portfolio. This will include Headwall's new Nano-Hyperspec sensor for small, lightweight UAS deployment. Leica Geosystems, a leader in geospatial data acquisition and mapping products, has selected Headwall’s hyperspectral imaging sensors to meet the growing demand for advanced hyperspectral sensors that acquire imagery data which includes both spatial and spectral (chemical) information within the mapping area of interest.

Headwall and Leica GeosystemsHyperspectral imagery allows users to obtain critical information relative to the material composition of objects in the field of view of the sensor. Headwall’s Hyperspec® sensors generate a very high resolution hyperspectral datacube that allows users to map features based on the chemical composition of objects in the scene - for example, forests can be mapped by plant species, quarries can be mapped by mineral composition, farmland can be mapped by plant vitality.

The relationship between Leica Geosystems and Headwall is based on a common vision of incorporating end-user requirements for hyperspectral data into Leica’s current portfolio of mapping solutions and data products. Headwall has established a technology leadership position with the Hyperspec family of imaging sensors that are customized for particular spectral ranges including VNIR, NIR, and SWIR. Each spectral range is optimized for a unique set of end-user applications within the remote sensing market.

Enabling a new class of capabilities and performance

“Headwall is very pleased to be working with Leica Geosystems, a leader in airborne imagery and mapping solutions; the company has established a broad portfolio of integrated solutions that is highly valued by users in the remote sensing market,” stated David Bannon, CEO of Headwall. Leica Geosystems’ vision is to offer customers a highly integrated geospatial workflow solution that encompasses spatial mapping instruments, integrated software and data products, as well as unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions. According to Leica Geosystems Ruedi Wagner, Vice President of the Geospatial Solutions Division, “Headwall offers a complete line of hyperspectral sensor solutions that is well aligned with our customer’s application environments and the need for high-quality spectral imaging data. With extremely innovative products such as the Nano-Hyperspec, the Hyperspec sensors offer superior performance for harsh airborne environments.”

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right

With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems provides products and services that are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyse, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyse easily, and visualise and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3,800 employees in 33 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon, Sweden.

Headwall Photonics – Innovative Spectral Solutions for Remote Sensing

Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging sensors and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance sensors and imaging spectrometers have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments.  As a pioneer in the development of hyperspectral sensors, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance. With US headquarters in Massachusetts, Headwall also operates a production and integration facility in Diegem, Belgium.

For further information about Headwall please contact:

Christopher Van Veen, Marketing Manager
Headwall Photonics, Inc.
601 River Street
Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA
T: +1 978 353 4051
E: [email protected]
W: www.headwallphotonics.com

For further information about Leica Geosystems please contact:

Kelli Montgomery, Vice President Marketing Communications
Hexagon Geosystems
Heinrich-Wild-Strasse
9435 Heerbrugg, Switzerland
T: +41 71 727 3451
E: [email protected]
W: www.hexagon.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tags: hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Remote Sensing, UAS, UAV, Leica-Geosystems

Headwall Delivers Micro-Hyperspec® Sensors to Columbia University

High-performance imaging sensors on small, commercial UAS will assess ocean and sea ice variability in Arctic zones

FITCHBURG, MA - OCTOBER 9, 2014: Headwall Photonics has delivered two high-performance hyperspectral imaging sensors to Columbia University as part of its Air-Sea-Ice Physics and Biogeochemistry Experiment (ASIPBEX). ASIPBEX is part of a larger international collaborative investigation of Climate Cryosphere Interaction with colleagues from Spain, Germany and Norway. This crucial remote-sensing project funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (www.moore.org) will use a high-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to investigate climatological changes present in the Arctic Ocean around Svalbard, Norway. The NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory will operate the UAS known as the Manta. The instrument payload comprises two Micro-Hyperpsec sensors; one will cover the Visible-Near-Infrared (VNIR) range of 400-1000nm while the other will cover the Near-Infrared (NIR) range of 900-1700nm. Together, the sensors will be crucial in detecting indicators of sea ice physics, solar warming and global carbon cycles.

Columbia UAS launch"We chose the Headwall sensors for several reasons," stated Christopher Zappa, a Lamont Research Professor at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. "The very high resolution allows us to collect and process vast amounts of spectral and spatial data upon which our research and analysis depend." The wide field of view of the Headwall sensor combined with aberration-corrected optics also contributes to overall flight-path efficiency. "The UAS allows scientists to measure in places that typically are impossible to get to using ships or manned aircraft," continued Zappa. "This opens up the possibility for transformative understanding of the climate system. Since we're using a UAS, we depend on 'seeing' as much of the ocean surface as possible, minimizing any aberrations or unwanted artifacts along the edges of the field of view," concluded Zappa. The combination of Micro-Hyperspec and Headwall's advanced Hyperspec III airborne software allows for the successful collection, classification, and interpretation of the spectral data collected during each flight.

This particular deployment for the ASIPBEX project is fundamental to Headwall's strategy of advancing the science of remote sensing aboard small, commercial unmanned aircraft systems. "Hyperspectral represents a crucial payload for any manned or unmanned deployment," noted Headwall CEO David Bannon. "But significantly notable is that the UAS has become a 'go-to' platform. This means not only smaller and lighter sensors, but also integrated solutions that factor in everything from LiDAR and data-management to post-processing tasks such as ortho-rectification that our software can handle." Because the Micro-Hyperspec sensor uses high efficiency diffraction gratings in a concentric, optical design, imaging performance and signal-to-noise are both maximized. The patented optical design provides a package that is rugged and robust for airborne use in harsh environments such as the Arctic ocean.

The Observatory for Air-Sea Interaction Studies (OASIS) 

Led by Professor Christopher Zappa, the Observatory for Air-Sea Interaction Studies (OASIS) conducts research in a variety of fields focused on the oceanic and atmospheric boundary layers. These include wave dynamics and wave breaking, air-sea CO2 gas exchange, non-satellite remote sensing and boundary-layer processes. Affiliated with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and Columbia University, OASIS is involved in joint projects with the Polar Geophysics Group of LDEO, Yale University, the University of Heidelberg, the University of Connecticut, and the University of New South Wales and participated in various large multi-institution projects such as CBLAST-Low, GasEx, VOCALs, RaDyO, DYNAMO.  

The group develops and deploys instruments including infrared, multispectral, and polarimetric cameras on different fixed and mobile platforms such as ships, aircrafts, buoys. The study areas range from laboratory wind-wave tanks, Biosphere2, to local rivers and estuaries, to shelf seas and polynyas, to open ocean from the poles to the equator.


For information contact:

Professor Christopher J. Zappa, Lamont Research Professor 

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory 

[email protected]

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Micro Hyperspec, UAS, Columbia University

High Resolution Sensor Targets Vegetation Fluorescence for Airborne, Satellite Platforms

Chlorophyll Fluorescence Imaging (CF) Helps Agriculturalists Build Robust Plant Physiological Database

HI-RES spectrometer

Fitchburg, MA – July 14, 2014 – Headwall is announcing the availability of a new hyperspectral imager targeting very high resolution spectral measurements of 0.1 nm over specific spectral ranges which yield indicators of vegetative fluorescence to measure plant health. The ability of the new High Resolution Hyperspec® instrument to analyze chlorophyll fluorescence emissions at extremely high resolution and high throughput gives remote sensing researchers and precision agriculturalists exceptionally valuable data from which to make environmental decisions. The new instrument is smaller, lighter, and more affordable than any other commercially available products and is optimized with robust packaging for airborne and satellite deployment.

“Our customers have been asking us for a high resolution hyperspectral imager targeting the small spectral bandpath ranges for use in extracting useful data with respect to chlorophyll fluorescence,” said Headwall’s CEO David Bannon. “Because remote sensing and the global crop industry is a multi-billion-dollar one, plant heath and physiology determined through hyperspectral imaging is a key investment for this market.” Water deficit is a major leading indicator of crops under distress, and there is a scientific link between this and chlorophyll fluorescence emissions.

The new sensor is based on Headwall’s all-reflective concentric optical design that uses very precise, very high diffraction-efficiency gratings for simultaneous high spatial and spectral resolution of < 0.1nm across the spectral range of the instrument. High efficiency, low stray light, and minimized smile and keystone distortion are fundamental to this design approach. Headwall’s all-reflective approach also means no transmissive optics, which makes the overall package not only more robust for space applications but lighter as well.

The Hyperspec name is a registered trademark of Headwall Photonics, Inc.


Tags: hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Sensors, agriculture, precision agriculture

Headwall's New Nano-Hyperspec® Sensor Fits Small Hand-Launched UAVs

Small VNIR Hyperspectral Sensor Combines Data Processing Unit In Lightweight, 1.4 lb. Payload

Fitchburg, MA - June 23, 2014 - In extending technological leadership within the remote sensing market, Headwall announced availability of its new Nano-Hyperspec sensor for commercial UAV deployment. The low-cost hyperspectral sensor operates in the VNIR (400-1000nm) spectral range and includes onboard data processing and storage to minimize size, weight, and power constraints inherent with small, hand-launched UAVs.

The Nano-Hyperspec sensor can be combined with optional GPS/IMU capabilities to provide an airborne configuration that is small, light, and fully integrated. The total sensor package with data processor and storage weighs approximately 1.5 lb. (0.6 kg) and measures a scant 3 inch x 3 inch x 4.7 inch (76.2mm x 76.2mm x 119.4mm).

 

The VNIR sensor features 640 spatial bands and 270 spectral bands at a resolution of 2-3 nm. The maximum frame rate of the Nano-Hyperspec is 280 fps; usable data storage capacity is 480GB.

 

Nano-Hyperspec is available in two options:

  • OEM-programmable sensor configuration

  • High-performance sensor configuration for end-users

Nano-Hyperspec and UAV"We designed Nano-Hyperspec to complement our performance-leading Hyperspec line of sensors and the growing market for small, low-cost, hand-launched UAVs," explained Headwall CEO David Bannon. "The real innovation is the integration of the Nano-Hyperspec optical sensor and data processing module," he noted. The optional GPS/IMU provides pinpoint correlation between actual terrain coordinates and hyperspectral data for a completely orthorectified hyperspectral data set. This functionality is just one of the many capabilities of Headwall's Hyperspec III software

 

"In comparison, our Micro-Hyperspec sensor has been an industry-leading airborne sensor for many years," noted Bannon. "But Nano-Hyperspec addresses the rapid adoption of very small, hand-launched commercial UAVs where more integration within an even smaller, lighter package is needed," he noted. Headwall worked collaboratively with customers and UAV makers to achieve the Nano-Hyperspec design. Precision agriculture and environmental monitoring are two facets of the 'remote sensing' market addressed by the Nano-Hyperspec instrument.

 

Headwall's hyperspectral sensors are all based on a patented, concentric, aberration-corrected design using precision high-performance gratings. This fundamentally simple yet elegant design is very robust and features no moving parts and no transmissive optics such as prisms that contribute to measurement inaccuracy and stray light. Headwall's sensor design provides high signal-to-noise and outstanding spatial and spectral resolution across the entire spectral range and field of view.. The very wide field-of-view of Nano-Hyperspec is crucial for airborne applications that demand flight-path efficiency.

 

Delivery of Nano-Hyperspec is approximately 4-6 weeks ARO. For a sales quotation, please email:

 

[email protected].

Tags: hyperspectral, Airborne, Remote Sensing, agriculture, precision agriculture

New VNIR-SWIR Airborne Sensor Covers Broad 400-2500nm Spectral Range

Co-boresighted, co-registered sensor with reduced size and weight is ideal for remote sensing applications


Fitchburg, MA - May 5, 2014 - In leading the industry with spectral imaging innovation and responding to strong demand, Headwall has released the Hyperspec® VNIR-SWIR sensor for general availability. The high-performance airborne sensor is versatile and covers the broad 400-2500nm spectral range. Precise, high-resolution imaging is achieved through co-registered pixels utilizing a single fore-optic input for outstanding spectral fidelity across the entire spectral range.

 

VNIR-SWIRDesigned for remote sensing applications such as environmental monitoring and mineral exploration, the sensor is optimized for size, weight, and reduced power consumption. With a weight less than 30 pounds and a small form factor package (approximately 15" x 15" x 8"), the sensor is designed for use aboard a wide range of airborne platforms. Adding to high image quality is the sensor's very wide field of view and high signal-to-noise (SNR) performance. Headwall has accomplished this by combining the high diffraction ef­ficiency for the VNIR and SWIR spectral regions coupled with very high quantum efficiency of the electronic subsystems.

 

Pixel co-registration plus aberration-cor­rected optics yields very high spectral and spatial resolution with repeatable measurement accuracy - unparalleled in the industry. With diffractive optics spe­cifically designed and manufactured by Headwall, the patented hyperspectral sensor eliminates image aberrations such as keystone, smile, or stray light and thermal variation that is typically observed with transmissive-based sensors containing prisms and gratings.

 

"Our remote-sensing customers often need to cover both the VNIR and SWIR spectral ranges but until now, there has not been a hyperspectral sensor capable of reliably providing both VNIR & SWIR data," said Headwall CEO David Bannon. "We developed this co-boresighted and co-registered VNIR-SWIR sensor to avoid the complexities of multi-sensor deployments while keeping the sensor size, weight, and power consumption very low."

 

Headwall's Hyperspec VNIR-SWIR sensor is also sold with a complete airborne configuration including GPS/INS, high-speed processor and storage, and airborne Hyperspec III software for sensor control and data acquisition.

 

Headwall's VNIR-SWIR sensor is available for delivery approximately 8 weeks after receipt of order. Headwall's application engineering team is available to assist customers with airborne integration and training.

 

Headwall will be exhibiting at the SPIE-DSS show at the Baltimore Convention Center, May 6-8. Visit us in Booth 620! 


About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging

sensors and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall's high performance spectrometers, spectral engines, and high performance diffractive optics have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. As a pioneer in the development of hyperspectral sensors and imaging spectrometers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

 

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

978/353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

[email protected]

Tags: hyperspectral, Airborne, Remote Sensing, SWIR, VNIR, agriculture, precision agriculture

Hyperspectral Software Announced for Airborne Applications

Hyperspec III Software Simplifies Collection and Management of Hyperspectral Data With Integrated Functionality

Fitchburg, MA, April 4, 2014 — Headwall has released its new Hyperspec III application software featuring a powerful set of hyperspectral data acquisition management tools. The enhanced software suite represents an easy-to-use platform for controlling hyperspectral sensors across applications ranging from manned aircraft to UAV airborne remote sensing. The software is compatible with Headwall’s award-winning Hyperspec® family of sensors, including lightweight Micro-Hyperspec®. The software is versatile, Windows- and Linux-based, and supports both USB and CameraLink interface.

Hyperspec III"Efficient, flexible and powerful software is pushing the science of hyperspectral imaging forward at a very rapid rate," said Headwall CEO David Bannon. "Combining this new software platform with our patented, high-performance optics technology gives the spectral imaging community capabilities they’ve never had before."

An important benefit of Hyperspec III software is that it is multi-threaded and can control more than one sensor simultaneously. For example, machine-vision applications using multiple sensors are able to operate at peak efficiency with this highly efficient and elegant software platform. With sensor frame rates in excess of 400 FPS, Hyperspec III is designed for rapid collection and management of large volumes of incoming hyperspectral data.  Hyperspec III software runs on Headwall’s Hyperspec Data Processing Unit (HDPU), which effortlessly captures and manages incoming image files for interpretation and post-processing.

With the exponential growth in the deployment of UAV platforms, the Hyperspec III software offers end-users a comprehensive and efficient user environment for quickly obtaining remote sensing data with Headwall’s hyperspectral imagers.

Hyperspec III software is exceptionally versatile, allowing users to choose modules to suit specific needs. For example, airborne versions of the software provide GPS/INU integration and time stamping, ortho-rectification, precise calibration, and start/stop triggering of the sensor. This optimizes flight-path efficiency, which is a highly desired capability for the remote-sensing community.  The Hyperspec III software also includes the ability to interface with Google maps to trigger sensor operation based on pre-defined GPS coordinates.

Pan-and-tilt and other motion-control features are built into Hyperspec III, yielding a virtually unlimited array of use-cases for hyperspectral imaging that range from ground to space.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imagers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high-performance instruments are used in applications ranging from remote sensing and military/defense to advanced machine vision and document verification. The Company also produces integrated spectrometers for use in OEM applications such as color-management systems. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

 

For information contact:

 

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

Email: [email protected]

                                   

 

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Sensors, precision agriculture

Airborne Sensor Payloads Lift Off With Complete Hyperspectral Solutions

Micro-Hyperspec Sensor, Data Processor, GPS, and Imaging Software Provide Flight-Ready Package For UAVs and fixed-wing aircraft

Fitchburg, MA, October 28, 2013 — Responding to customer demand across the remote sensing industry for small, light, and power-efficient spectral imaging solutions, Headwall has announced availability of a completely integrated airborne solution that provides users with unmatched levels of hyperspectral image acquisition and data-processing performance. The core element of the solution comprises Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec hyperspectral sensor, which is based on the Company’s patented aberration-corrected sensor design. The use of aberration-corrected diffractive optics designed and manufactured by Headwall allows the Micro-Hyperspec sensor to achieve outstanding performance: very high signal-to-noise characteristics, a very wide field-of-view, and high spatial and spectral resolution.

complete airborne componentsHeadwall engineers designed the hyperspectral airborne configuration to optimize configuration size, weight, and power (SWaP), which are each critical considerations for deployment on manned aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Elements of the solution include a GPS unit, a compact, lightweight Hyperspec Data Processing Unit, and airborne-specific hyperspectral software providing image acquisition, sensor control, and synchronization for flight-plan efficiency. Every element of the solution is optimized for airborne use, in platforms ranging from small, hand-launched UAVs to fixed-wing aircraft and multi-rotor airframes.

“All across the remote-sensing landscape we’re seeing a need for precise, accurate, data-rich hyperspectral imagery using increasingly smaller airborne platforms,” said David Bannon, CEO of Headwall. “Customers need solutions that are small and light, and they need them to be fully integrated between the sensor, software, GPS/INS, and data-processing hardware.” Because Headwall’s hyperspectral sensors run at very high frame rates to capture exceptionally precise imagery, Hyperspec data processing software is optimized for the task. “We found that many of our customers were spending a lot of valuable time assembling the necessary payload components,” said Mr. Bannon. “The Headwall team worked collaboratively with leading researchers to offer an airborne configuration that is ready to fly out of the box.

Typical uses for hyperspectral sensing from airborne platforms include precision agriculture, oil and gas exploration, forestry management, and environmental monitoring.

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 military/defense departments, OEMs, and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

Email: [email protected]

 

The Micro-Hyperspec name is a registered trademark of Headwall Photonics, Inc.

Tags: hyperspectral, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Micro Hyperspec

Headwall Appoints Portable Analytical Solutions as Integrator for Australia, New Zealand

Hyperspectral technology partner expands Headwall presence in Australia & Asia-Pacific region with End-to-End Remote-Sensing Solutions

Fitchburg, MA, September 17, 2013 — Headwall has announced a new distributor agreement with Portable Analytical Solutions (PAS), with offices in the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. The agreement between the two companies, effective immediately, includes the country of New Zealand as well and reflects the growing interest of the remote sensing industry in both ground-based and airborne hyperspectral sensing solutions.

logosIn announcing the appointment, Headwall CEO David Bannon remarked on the synergy between Portable Analytical Solution’s existing lines and Headwall’s hyperspectral sensors. “Remote sensing customers and the mining and exploration community will benefit from Portable Analytical Solutions’ ability to offer its customers a complete remote sensing hyperspectral package that complements the other ground-based technologies they represent,” Mr. Bannon noted. “Remote sensing is most precise when airborne and ground-truth capabilities are synchronized, and PAS will have the unique ability to provide the very diverse Australian market with integrated solutions.”

Portable Analytical Solutions has 20 years of experience in instrumentation, ranging from technical assistance to sales, training and deployment. Application areas for PAS are diverse, including mining and mineral exploration, metal recycling, environmental research, and petrochemicals/gas exploration. Mr. Paul Martin of Portable Analytical Solutions remarked on bringing Headwall’s award-winning Hyperspec® line of Hyperspectral sensors to the Australian market. “Hyperspectral imaging is a required tool for the remote-sensing community, and we’re very pleased to announce our alignment with Headwall,” noted Mr. Martin. “We can offer our clients solutions for UAVs and manned aircraft while at the same time showing how the technology is also perfectly suited for field use, in high-speed advanced machine vision applications, for environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, and exploration sciences.”

Hyperspectral imaging can quickly and non-destructively image anything within the field of view to determine its chemical and spectral fingerprint. Headwall’s sensors take advantage of diffractive optics, which use aberration-corrected gratings to deliver high performance with respect to high spatial and spectral resolution, high signal-to-noise, and a wide field of view. Remote sensing using small and light sensors mounted to hand-launched UAVs is a fast-growing application area that Headwall has pioneered.

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 contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.

601 River Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

http://www.headwallphotonics.com

Email: [email protected]

 

About Portable Analytical Solutions (PAS)

Portable Analytical Solutions has 20 years of experience in instrumentation. This experience covers all technical assistance, training and sales through to application use across a diverse range of industries including:

  • Mining & exploration

  • Scrap metal recycling

  • Engineering & fabrication

  • Mineral processing

  • Petrochemical/ gas exploration and production

  • Environmental

  • Consumer goods/RoHS

  • Precious metals (jewelry)

For Headwall’s hyperspectral instruments, areas of expertise includes:

  • Sales and support

  • Training

  • Technical support and repairs

  • Application advice

  • Consulting

For information contact:

Mr. Paul Martin, Portable Analytical Solutions

Postal: PO Box 4185 Copacabana NSW 2251
Tel: +61 2 4381 2844
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Australia, New Zealand

Headwall-Alava Remote Sensing Solution Takes Wing Aboard Ultralight Aircraft

Airborne Hyperspectral Sensors Measure Interface Between Air and Water In Switzerland & Russia

 

Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA, January 24, 2013 - Using the Headwall Photonics Micro-Hyperspec VNIR sensor, Headwall's integration partner Alava Ingenieros (Madrid, Spain) will provide the worldwide scientific community with a completely integrated airborne remote EPFLsensing solution that is currently being deployed. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland)  is sponsoring an exploration program featuring a sensor-packed ultralight aircraft that will analyze the phenomena occurring at the interface between air and water. Flights are underway now over Lake Geneva in Switzerland, and will be repeated over Lake Baikal in Russia later this year. The airborne technology will allow scientists to gather a wealth of data around bacteria, sediments, and dissolved gasses. While satellites can analyze these variables now, low-flying ultralight aircraft can collect this data more precisely and put it into the hands of researchers sooner. Because Micro Hyperspec is exceptionally small and light, EPFL plans to eventually migrate to even smaller and lighter UAVs.

 

Micro-Hyperspec® is the industry's only remote sensing instrument specifically designed for high resolution spectral and spatial imaging aboard small, tactical airborne vehicles. It provides excellent spatial and spectral resolution and a wide field of view, meaning a more efficient flight path over areas of interest. Alava is packaging Micro-Hyperspec with the software needed to handle radiometric calibration, flight data acquisition, ground data acquisition, atmospheric correction, and post-processing of the hyperspectral data. The Airborne Remote Sensing Spectral Solution (ARS3) is available from Headwall and Alava now.

 

David Bannon, CEO of Headwall, commented on the value of hyperspectral sensing from airborne platforms: "ARS3 is a very high performance - yet affordable - sensor solution for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and manned aircraft.  Alava has integrated a complete airborne solution around the market leading Micro-Hyperspec sensor which meets the demanding requirements of hyperspectral imaging in harsh environments."

 

Thanks to Headwall's innovative and pioneering sensor designs, remote sensing from the air using hyperspectral imaging is a fast-growing field of research. Because hyperspectral technology is more precise and more affordable than ever, it can be used for forestry management, precision agriculture, pollution control, resource exploration, and more.

About Headwall

Headwall, based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral instruments for industrial, commercial, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and government markets. Other application areas include medical and biotechnology, forensics, chemicals, and color measurement, and in-line process inspection. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance, for end users and OEMs.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

Email: [email protected]      

 

About Alava Ingenieros

Alava Ingenieros Group is an entirely privately owned group that provides high technology solutions in the fields of Testing, Measurement, Communications, Security, Defense and Preventive Maintenance. The Group offers consultancy, engineering, distribution, training and technical services, providing turn-key projects for several sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Security, Defense, Energy, Communications and Finance, as well as Testing and Research Centres, Universities, Public Services and Industry in general.

For information contact:

Mr. Yago Sanchez, Alava Ingenieros

Tel: +34 91 567 97 00

Email: [email protected]

 


 

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Remote Sensing, UAV, agriculture, ALAVA Ingenieros, EPFL, Lake Geneva