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TerraLuma Chooses Hyperspectral Sensor for Airborne Missions

University of Tasmania Researchers Utilize Hyperspectral Remote Sensing to Improve the Science of Earth Observation

Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA, January 10, 2013 The TerraLuma Project (University of Tasmania, Australia) is partnering with Headwall Photonics to bring hyperspectral technology to their fleet of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Because the richness of imagery data collected via hyperspectral sensing far exceeds that of other methods, TerraLuma is putting Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec sensor aboard its innovative, multi-rotor SkyJib airframe from Droidworx (Waikato, New Zealand).

SkyJib TerraLumaHeadwall’s Micro-Hyperspec is a high performance, compact sensor that meets the payload restrictions of increasingly smaller UAS platforms while providing the spatial and spectral resolution needed to ‘map’ the environment in better detail than ever. Size, weight, and power-draw (SWaP) are key considerations for any airborne application, which is why Micro-Hyperspec appealed to the TerraLuma team. “Environmental remote sensing and aerial surveying represent the kind of groundbreaking work we’re known for,” said Dr. Arko Lucieer, Team Leader for the TerraLuma Research Group. “Our move to hyperspectral fits with our goal to provide the research community with clear, actionable data that can be captured, managed and delivered faster than ever.”

David Bannon, CEO of Headwall, remarked on the work of Dr. Lucieer and the TerraLuma team is doing: “Remote sensing utilizing a UAS such as SkyJib represents a high-growth area of research because airborne platforms combined with small hyperspectral sensors represents an innovative and cost-effective research approach. We’re very proud to be working with Dr. Lucieer and play a key role as TerraLuma undertakes aerial mapping with our sensors.”

SkyJib is a purpose-built aerial platform, the Terraluma team has adapted it to carry scientific instruments such as Micro-Hyperspec. Precision agriculture, mapping and monitoring vegetation in remote locations, represent some areas of research made possible through the use of hyperspectral sensing.

 

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]      

Web site: http://www.headwallphotonics.com

 

About TerraLuma

The TerraLuma research project at the University of Tasmania aims to develop novel tools and algorithms for environmental remote sensing applications and aerial surveys using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Up-to-date and accurate spatial data are of crucial importance for sustainable management of our ecosystems. UAS offer an exciting and novel opportunity to map the environment in greater detail than ever before. We are a university team of a senior academic, a postdoc, six PhD students, and two technical officers and we specialize in UAS sensor integration and image processing for earth observation applications.

For information contact:

Dr. Arko Lucieer, TerraLuma Team Leader

Tel: +61 3 6226 2140

Email: [email protected]

Web site: http://www.terraluma.net/

 

 

About Droidworks

Droidworx Ltd New Zealand is a manufacturer of advanced multi-rotor airframes and related accessories. Based in New Zealand, the Company exports its products around the world. Droidworx UAV platforms service the growing market in multi-rotor systems for aerial photography, professional cinematography, remote sensing, and service sector applications. Aeronavics is the trademark brand for our innovative aerial solutions and global operations.

For information contact:

Tel: +64 (0)7 825 88 11

Email: [email protected]

Web site: http://www.droidworx.co.nz

 

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Micro Hyperspec, UAS, Sensing, UAV, agriculture, Droidworx, TerraLuma

UTC Aerospace Systems Selects Headwall Hyperspectral Imaging Sensor For SYERS-2 Program

Spectral Exploitation Offers Enhanced ISR Functionality for High Altitude Platform

Fitchburg, MA, November 8, 2012—Headwall Photonics announces that its Hyperspec sensor has been chosen by UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Goodrich Corporation) for the Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance Sensor (SYERS-2) platform. SYERS-2 is currently used on the U.S. Air Force U-2 ‘Dragon Lady’ for very high altitude reconnaissance missions. Headwall’s hyperspectral sensor will provide SYERS-2 with enhanced intelligence and surveillance capabilities.

SYERS and HyperspecThe Headwall Hyperspec imaging sensor was selected based on the demanding imaging performance needed for advanced sensor surveillance capabilities. Key attributes of the selected Hyperspec sensor platform are optimized signal-to-noise performance as well as customized spectral and spatial resolution, all tightly coupled with a spectral processing system.

Hyperspectral imaging represents a critical sensing technology that allows DoD organizations to identify an object within the field of view of the sensor based on the target’s chemical "fingerprint" or spectral signature rather than relying solely on visual appearance.

"Headwall’s products continue to be recognized and deployed in critical application areas – for both defense and industrial applications," stated David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics. "This program demonstrates our ability to deliver a value-based combination of product performance, optimization, and collaboration for the most demanding, mission-critical customer applications."

Based on a patented, aberration-corrected sensor design, Headwall’s High Efficiency Hyperspec sensors are specifically designed for operations in very harsh operating environments. Headwall’s Hyperspec sensors are available as optimized sensors for the following spectral regions:

UV-VIS 250 - 600 nm
VNIR 380 - 1000 nm
Extended VNIR 550 - 1700 nm
NIR 900 - 1700 nm
SWIR 900 - 2500 nm

Information on MWIR and LWIR models available upon request.

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 protected]

Hyperspec® is a registered trademark of Headwall Photonics, Inc.

 

About UTC Aerospace Systems

UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. We design, manufacture and service systems and components and provide integrated solutions for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms. We are also a major supplier to international space programs.

In 2012, UTC Aerospace Systems was formed by combining two industry leaders, Hamilton Sundstrand and Goodrich, creating an organization with key positions on a wide range of aircraft flying today and substantial content on various UAVs, satellites and ground and naval vehicles. 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Defense, Sensors, Sensing, Security

Headwall Delivers Small, Lightweight Hyperspectral Sensor to ACT LLC

Gimbal-Mounted Micro-Hyperspec® Sensor Provides Precision Hyperspectral Imaging for Key NAVAIR UAV Program

Fitchburg, MA, July 3, 2012 - As a result of tactical hyperspectral sensor trials with small military UAVs, Headwall Photonics has received a follow-on contract for program deployment of its Micro-Hyperspec® hyperspectral sensor to NAVAIR with Advanced Coherent Technologies LLC (ACT) of San Diego, CA serving as program integrator. The very small hyperspectral sensor operates in the near-infrared (NIR) spectral range of 900nm - 1700nm and will be used to Navair ACT Headwalldetect specific target materials from a small gimbal mounted on a TigerShark Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The NAVAIR program successfully brings together leading-edge spectral imaging technology from Headwall and ACT so that mission-critical decisions can be made accurately and rapidly.
 
Jon Schoonmaker, head of Contracting and Sales for ACT, mentioned some of the key characteristics that the Headwall sensor provided. "The aberration-corrected, concentric design used by Headwall gives us very low distortion and a very high signal-to-noise ratio," said Schoonmaker. "Headwall optimized the package for size, weight and power (SWaP) because the 7-inch gimbal will also contain other electronics and sensors as part of the payload." Schoonmaker concluded by remarking on the collaboration between ACT and Headwall. "Our companies worked together to develop a solution that NAVAIR is very eager to have in their arsenal. The TigerShark is a small UAV platform and SWaP is a performance driver."
 
"We are excited that ACT has selected Micro-Hyperspec platform for their airborne program," offered David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics. "We have developed airborne hyperspectral sensor solutions, from low- and high-altitude manned aircraft and UAVs to satellites in low earth orbit," said Bannon. "In each case, our long-standing hyperspectral experience and innovative engineering and manufacturing capabilities help customers meet their specific business and technical objectives. We are looking forward to continued engagement with the ACT team and utilizing their extensive sensor expertise."
 
In addition to the SWaP-optimized Micro-Hyperspec, Headwall's other High Efficiency Hyperspec sensors are COTS products and have been widely deployed for military and defense applications; these sensors are available as optimized sensors for the following spectral regions:

UV 250nm - 600nm
VNIR 380nm - 1000nm
Extended VNIR 550nm - 1700nm
NIR 900nm - 1700nm
SWIR 950nm - 2500nm

 

 

 

 

About Micro-Hyperspec                                                                                                                          

Headwall's Micro-Hyperspec NIR (900-1700 nm) & VNIR (380-1000 nm) imaging sensors offer extreme performance for the most demanding UAV/UAS and UGV applications. The hyperspectral imaging instruments are small, lightweight, and robust for use in small-payload/harsh environment applications. The sensors are particularly well suited for applications where high spectral/spatial resolution and high dynamic range are key performance parameters. The Micro-Hyperspec imaging sensor is built on a totally reflective, concentric optical design. Headwall's patented, hyperspectral instruments feature aberration-correction and high-efficiency diffraction gratings, which results in very high signal-to-noise performance and radiometric accuracy.

About Advanced Coherent Technologies (ACT)                                                                      

Advanced Coherent Technologies, LLC (ACT) supports government and commercial agencies working in technologies relating to remote sensing. ACTs systems are designed to find and extract low contrast and hidden target information in environments ranging from desert to oceanic as well as provide real-time surveillance capabilities of the same.
ACT designs and develops low-cost, multi-channel imaging systems capable of efficiently collecting high-end imagery and producing real-time, high-quality data products suitable for military, commercial, and civil use.

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Defense, Sensors, Micro Hyperspec, UAV

Headwall, ReSe Applications Partner For Airborne Spectral Imaging

ReSe’s Remote Sensing Software Combined with Headwall’s Hyperspec® Airborne Sensors Offers Orthorectification of Airborne Hyperspectral Data Airborne hyperspectral image

Fitchburg, MA, June 7, 2012Headwall Photonics, a worldwide designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging instruments, has announced that the PARGE® remote-sensing software by ReSe Applications Schläpfer is available for Headwall's family of Hyperspec® airborne hyperspectral sensors.

In offering commercial remote sensing customers a complete airborne hyperspectral solution, Headwall is able to take advantage of ReSe’s PARGE® software that provides orthorectification and direct geocoding for airborne imagery data acquired with Headwall’s hyperspectral imaging sensors.  The PARGE® software provides a reconstruction of the scanning geometry of airborne data cubes on a pixel-by-pixel basis using the position and attitude of the airplane and can be used in conjunction with terrain elevation data.

Headwall’s Hyperspec® family of hyperspectral sensors have been deployed extensively by earth scientists around the world for commercial and civilian remote sensing applications. With a long history of leadership in the deployment of military and defense sensors, Headwall has utilized the patented, aberration-corrected reflective Hyperspec® design to offer civilian customers and researchers superb spectral and spatial imaging performance with a very wide field of view for flight swath efficiency.

“Providing a complete airborne solution comprising both sensor hardware, GPS/INS assembly, processing subsystems, and orthorectification software is a prerequisite for successful use of airborne remote sensing technology,” stated Dr. Daniel Schläpfer, owner and managing Director of ReSe Applications Schläpfer. “ReSe Applications is pleased to partner with Headwall Photonics to offer this software capability. Headwall has been a leading provider of airborne sensors going back many years to the US Navy’s Ocean PHILLS program, which was already supported by ReSe.”

According to Headwall CEO David Bannon, the company will take advantage of the ReSe remote sensing software to complement its family of Hyperspec and Micro-Hyperspec airborne imagers. “Airborne remote sensing applications represent a key strategic initiative for Headwall; the software capabilities offered by ReSe Applications are important to provide complete imagery solutions for hyperspectral data sets,” stated Bannon.

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 OEM 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.  Headwall Photonics was formed as the result of a management buy-out from Agilent Technologies.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

[email protected]

                                   

About ReSe Applications Schläpfer

ReSe Applications Schläpfer is a small Swiss company focused on remote sensing data processing and imaging spectroscopy research. It was founded in 2000 as a spin-off from the Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) of the University of Zurich. The major activities are the development and distribution of dedicated software for geometric and atmospheric preprocessing of optical remote sensing data. The PARGE® orthorectification software is one of ReSe's ground breaking development for airborne optical scanner systems. Furthermore, the company successfully advanced the development and operationalization of the original ATCOR atmospheric and topographic correction software in close collaboration with its inventor. This allows ReSE to offer leading geometric and radiometric correction software for both satellite and airborne remote sensing.

For information contact:

Dr. Daniel Schläpfer, ReSe Applications Schläpfer

Tel.: +41 71 911 46 14

www.rese.ch

[email protected]


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Remote Sensing, Sensing, ReSe Applications

High Efficiency Hyperspec® SWIR Sensor Selected by U.S. Navy

NRL program focus on establishing reliable hyperspectral sensor payloads

 for UAVs

Fitchburg, MA, May 1, 2012 — Headwall Photonics, a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging sensors, announced that its High Efficiency Hyperspec® SWIR (Short-wave, Infrared) sensors have been selected for airborne applications by the U.S. Navy.  The High Efficiency Hyperspec SWIR sensor, with a spectral range of 950 to 2500 nm, successfully underwent rigorous performance testing at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

Hi Eff Hyperspec Touch Up smallHyperspectral imaging represents a critical sensing technology that allows DoD organizations to identify an object within the field of view of the sensor based on the target’s chemical “fingerprint” or spectral signature rather than relying solely on visual appearance. Based on a patented sensor design, Headwall’s High Efficiency Hyperspec® sensors are specifically designed for high spectral and spatial imaging in very harsh airborne operating environments.  The hyperspectral sensor has been optimized for high signal-to-noise performance and light-weighted for airborne deployment.

The Headwall High Efficiency Hyperspec® SWIR sensor recently passed a very demanding set of hyperspectral performance tests instituted by the program team at NRL to ensure that the sensor would meet technical objectives. Specific tests were devised for spectral resolution, spatial resolution, and MTF performance.

"We are excited that NRL selected the High Efficiency Hyperspec platform for their airborneU2 aircraft program," offered David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics. "Our hyperspectral sensor platform has played a key role at NRL for quite a few years now – ranging from the deployment of the NRL Ocean PHILLS sensor to the Navy’s Project Warhorse to more recent deployments."

Headwall’s High Efficiency Hyperspec® sensors are COTS products and are available as optimized sensors for the following spectral regions:

  • UV                      250 – 600nm
  • VNIR                   380 – 1000nm
  • Extended VNIR     550 – 1700nm
  • NIR                     900 – 1700nm
  • SWIR                   950 – 2500nm

Information on MWIR and LWIR models are available upon request.

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]

                                   

About U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

NRL is the corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps and conducts a broad program of scientific research, technology and advanced development. NRL has served the Navy and the nation for over 85 years and continues to meet the complex technological challenges of today's world.

For information contact:

Naval Research Laboratory


4555 Overlook Ave. S.W.


Washington, DC 20375

Tel: 202-767-2541

www.nrl.navy.mil

Email: [email protected]

 

 

Hyperspec® is a registered trademark of Headwall Photonics, Inc.

Predator® is a registered trademark of General Atomics Corporation

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Airborne, Defense