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GHGSat Satellite Deploys Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec Imaging Sensor On Claire, a LEO Satellite for Green House Gas Emissions Monitoring

Micro-Hyperspec Provides Clouds and Aerosol Data to Support Carbon Dioxide and Methane Monitoring

Bolton, MA, March 8, 2017Headwall’s compact and light Micro-Hyperspec is a hardened Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) imaging sensor now deployed on Claire, a small low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite produced and launched by GHGSat (Montreal, PQ Canada). At an altitude of 512km in a sun-synchronous polar orbit, the satellite collects high-resolution image data that targets greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality gas (AQG) emissions at industrial sites around the globe.

GHG_sat.jpgWith a robust sensor design focused on performance in harsh environments, Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec operates at the Visible-Near-Infrared (VNIR) range of 400-1000nm with very high spectral and spatial resolution.

Having just completed its 500th measurement, the work undertaken by GHGSat and the Claire satellite is extremely beneficial in broadening the amount of environmental data that researchers can use to monitor carbon-based emissions from industrial sites. Site owners can also monitor emissions themselves by accessing data from GHGSat, anywhere on the globe and in near real-time.

Hyperspectral imaging technology, also known as imaging spectroscopy, provides a highly resolved view of earth monitoring at ranges far beyond the visible and across hundreds of spectral bands. A sensor proven for military/defense applications, Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec is small, light, and robust spectral imager for LEO satellite use.

“GHGSat’s mission is to become the global reference for remote sensing of greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality gas (AQG) emissions using our satellite technology,” said GHGSat President, CEO Stephane Germain. “We use the Micro-Hyperspec from Headwall to collect high-resolution image data in the VNIR range to support cloud and aerosol detection.”

GHGSat represents the latest commercial satellite payload for Headwall. “Small, commercial satellites such as GHGSat represent an important remote sensing tool for researchers,” said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “Breaking from the traditional high cost, high risk space development, Headwall’s performance and affordability are unmatched for these small-sat programs, and we’re very proud to be aboard GHGSat’s Claire satellite.” Fundamental to all Headwall solutions is a patented sensor design that maximizes spectral and spatial resolution and signal throughput while minimizing image aberrations across a wide field of view.

The Micro-Hyperspec sensor is small and light enough so that it can be one of several instruments on a nano-satellite. In addition to VNIR, Micro-Hyperspec is available in SWIR, NIR, and Extended VNIR versions.

 

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 are in use 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.

580 Main Street, Bolton, Massachusetts 01740 USA

Tel: +1 978-353-4051

http://www.headwallphotonics.com

Email: [email protected]

 

About GHGSat

GHGSat has built and launched the world’s first satellite capable of monitoring greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality gas (AQG) emissions from any industrial site in the world. GHGSat’s novel technology will enable GHG and AQG measurement with better accuracy at a fraction of the cost of comparable alternatives. Owners of industrial facilities anywhere in the world and in near real-time will be able to monitor all of their facilities, local or remote, with a common technology. Significantly improved data collection technologies will enable industries to better measure, control, and ultimately reduce emissions of GHGs and AQGs.

For information about GHGSat, contact:

Mr. Stephane Germain, GHGSat

3981 St-Laurent, Suite 500, Montreal, Quebec

CANADA H2W 1Y5

Tel: +1-514-847-9474

http://www.ghgsat.com

Email: [email protected]

Tags: hyperspectral, Remote Sensing, Micro Hyperspec, Satellites

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’s Spectral Imaging Sensors Aid Brain Cancer Surgery

Within Surgical Operating Suite, Hyperspec® Sensors Delineate Tumor Margins For Surgeons

Fitchburg, MA, March 8, 2016 — A European Union medical consortium has successfully deployed advanced hyperspectral imaging technology from Headwall in a brain cancer surgical trial that allows doctors to easily visualize the presence of hard to detect cancer tissue in the brain.  Hyperspectral imaging presents an advanced, highly resolved view of brain tissue, allowing doctors to very accurately discriminate between healthy and cancerous tissue in a non-invasive manner based on the chemical composition of the tissue.  

brain_tumor.jpgHyperspectral Imaging Cancer Detection (HELICoiD) is built around utilizing Headwall’s Hyperspec® sensors to deliver high spatial and spectral resolution, aberration-corrected imaging so that neurosurgeons can identify brain tumor margins for resection in real time.

“We are very excited about the success we have achieved thus far using Headwall’s Hyperspec instruments,” said Dr. Gustavo Marrero Callico, HELICoiD Program Manager and Associate Professor at University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.  “Distinguishing between normal and cancerous brain tissue is very difficult, which meant looking at new imaging techniques that could resolve those differences with a high degree of specificity. Headwall delivered exceptional spectral imaging technology and provided a solid basis for project collaboration and dialogue.”

Acquiring the valuable spectral data for the HELICoiD team were sensors operating in both the visible & near infrared spectral regions. “This Hyperspec® technology is extremely useful in demarcation of the specific tumor margins for surgical resection,” said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “It also results in a much more positive outcome for the patient as the neurosurgeon now has a visual spectral imaging technique for safely minimizing the amount of tissue to remove. Headwall is very pleased to be at the forefront of a medical program that took our technology and delivered astounding results.”

Additional integration work is underway now to move this technology forward and into additional trials worldwide.

Tags: hyperspectral, Sensing, Europe, HELICoiD, Brain Cancer

Headwall Introduces Ultra-Compact Data System for UAVs

Enabling Sensor Data Fusion, HyperCore™ Connects Multiple Hyperspectral Sensors and Other Payload Instruments

Fitchburg, MA, February 11, 2016 — Headwall Photonics, Inc., the leading provider of spectral imaging solutions, has introduced a new, powerful data processing unit specifically designed for UAV airborne applications requiring sensor fusion. The small size and weight of HyperCore combined with its powerful data processing and high capacity storage connections offers the industry’s only processing platform for fusing hyperspectral sensing data with many other sensor payloads on the aircraft.

Ultra_HDPU_with_coin_small.jpgUtilizing Hyperspec III, Headwall’s powerful spectral imaging application software, HyperCore™ serves as the central connection point for remote-sensing instruments such as multiple hyperspectral sensors, LiDAR, thermal cameras, RGB instruments, GPS/IMU units, and many more.

Designed for harsh airborne environments and only the size and weight of a Rubik’s Cube, HyperCore stores 500GB of incoming airborne data and features two Gigabit Ethernet connections, one base CameraLink connection, and a multi-purpose I/O port to handle GPS/INS, sensor commands, etc. Depending on the instruments being connected, Headwall supplies HyperCore with the necessary Hyperspec III software modules to provide a comprehensive operational platform. HyperCore is the industry’s first true data processing hub specifically designed for use aboard today’s small and light UAVs.

“Headwall leads the industry in developing hardware and software solutions for remote sensing applications,” said CEO David Bannon. “The convergence of small UAVs and the need for different but complementary instruments such as LiDAR, GPS, thermal, and others led us to develop a single point of fusion for the data streams from each instrument.” HyperCore puts a focus on managing and synthesizing the data streams that are so crucial for developing imagery in remote sensing applications. “A precision agriculturalist wants to know if there is an invasive disease posing a threat to his crops,” continued Bannon. “HyperCore gives the user community a processing solution for managing those data streams in a small and light UAV-friendly package.” The product weighs only 1.4 pounds (0.64 kg), measures 3.5” x 3.0” x 3.0”, and draws only 12W. It is designed to work with Headwall’s Hyperspec® family of sensors, plus a wide range of instruments by notable third-party vendors.

Pricing of HyperCore depends on the software configurations chosen; delivery is 4-6 weeks ARO.

Tags: hyperspectral, Remote Sensing, UAS, UAV

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

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

Headwall Names Tom Breen as Director of Global Sales

Growth Markets Require Solid Industry Background Across Commercial and Defense Markets

Fitchburg, MA – June 6, 2014 – With a rapid expansion of international business, Headwall Photonics announced today that Tom Breen has joined the Company as Director of Global Sales. Tom brings with him significant experience across many of the end-user markets served by Headwall. He will be responsible for managing Headwall’s growing worldwide sales activities and strategic opportunities for hyperspectral and Raman imagers as well as the Company’s OEM integrated spectral instrumentation.

Tom BreenPrior to joining Headwall, Tom held executive leadership positions at UTC Aerospace Systems where he was responsible for sales and business development of airborne and hand-held products. He also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for General Dynamic’s Axsys Technology Division in Nashua, New Hampshire. Other senior management positions at L-3 Communications, BAE Systems, and Lockheed Martin provided Tom with the background that will allow Headwall to grow its business in the hyperspectral imaging market.

“We are thrilled that Tom has joined our team,” said Headwall CEO David Bannon. “His background complements our commercial growth plans seamlessly and he will be a terrific asset in tackling a market that is experiencing very robust growth. Tom has had significant success in building high performance sales teams coupled with exceptional customer relationships.”

“I am very excited to be joining Headwall at a period of tremendous momentum for the Company and the industry,” said Tom. “As a leading supplier of spectral instrumentation, Headwall is uniquely poised to expand and deliver hyperspectral sensors and OEM instruments for remote sensing and in-line applications.”

Headwall’s award-winning Hyperspec and Raman imagers are used in commercial and military airborne applications, in advanced machine-vision systems, for document and artifact care, for plant genomics, in medicine and biotechnology, and for remote sensing. A unique differentiator for the Company is Headwall’s patented all-reflective, aberration-corrected optical technology that is fundamental to every system it produces.

Tom is a published author, with numerous works produced for IEEE, SPIE, and AAAE. Tom’s educational background includes MBA and BSEE degrees from Northeastern University in Boston.

Tags: hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Headwall

Headwall and Dr. Gregory Bearman Bring Hyperspectral Imaging to Cultural Heritage

Chemical Imaging Helps Unlock Secrets Behind Historical Artwork, Artifacts, and Documents

Fitchburg, MA - May 27, 2014 – Headwall has signed a consulting agreement with cultural heritage imaging professional Dr. Gregory Bearman to introduce hyperspectral imaging to historical preservation experts worldwide. Hyperspectral imaging technology will prove extremely useful since it is non-invasive and can provide information unobtainable by any other means.

“Our hyperspectral imaging systems cover the range from 380nm all the way up to 2500nm and beyond,” said Headwall CEO David Bannon. Imaging in the visible/near-infrared (VNIR, 380-1000nm) and especially the shortwave infrared (SWIR, 950-2500nm) spectral range (chemical imaging), preservation and conservation experts will be able to collect a vast array of chemical information with respect to pigments, substrates, materials, and unseen features.” Imaging, as compared to widely available point methods, provides the ability to examine larger areas and heterogeneous objects,” said Dr. Bearman.  

“Information about ancient documents, artifacts, and paintings not only broadens our overall historical knowledge, but also helps preservation experts carry out their valuable work,” said Bannon.  Quantitative imaging in the VNIR and SWIR can provide a way to measure and monitor changes in cultural heritage objects over time, a constant struggle for conservators. Such approaches are applicable not just to objects such as art and texts but also to historical buildings and sites, archeological excavations and built heritage in general.

Dr Bearman Imaging Frescoe ItalyDr. Bearman’s experience applying hyperspectral imaging within the field of cultural and historical preservation is unequalled.  He was a pioneer in applying modern imaging to cultural heritage, as the first to build a compact, simple to use imaging system to bring difficult fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls to light.  As a consultant to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) for more than 20 years, he designed the imaging protocol for the massive imaging and conservation monitoring project now underway, wherein the IAA has created a web-based library comprising its entire corpus of Dead Sea Scrolls.

More recently, he has focused on developing quantitative methods and tools to use a variety of imaging modes to measure and monitor changes in cultural heritage over time. “The key to advancing the science of spectral imaging in this community is to extract precise spectral and chemical information, non-invasively and to the exacting safety standards to which conservators adhere” said Dr. Bearman. “Headwall’s VNIR and SWIR sensors return spectral and chemical data at extremely high levels of fidelity, which is what preservation experts need,” he concluded. 

The consulting work done between Headwall and Dr. Bearman will be on a global scale, including museums, libraries, built heritage and university collections.

 

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.

About Gregory Bearman, PhD

Dr. Bearman retired as a principal scientist at NASA/Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  He is currently focusing his attention on bringing imaging and spectroscopy to conservators of cultural heritage around the world. Other notable accomplishments in spectroscopy have been in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and microscopy.  He has published many works on spectroscopy and holds numerous patents and awards, including two R&D 100 Awards for best invention of the year.  More information about him and copies of his publications can be found at aneimage.com.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

978/353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

[email protected]

 

Tags: hyperspectral, SWIR, VNIR, antiquities, Artwork, chemical imaging, artwork preservation

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