Press Releases

Headwall’s High-Performance Gratings Optimized for Small-Form-Factor Spectral Instruments

 

OEM-Specific Designs Feature Aberration Correction, High SNR, Low Stray Light Performance

 

Fitchburg, Massachusetts, July 17, 2013 Headwall Photonics, Inc. is responding to increased demand from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for high-performance small-form-factor diffraction gratings used in their precision optical instruments.  

 

gratings montageApplication areas include color management, plant phenotyping, pathogen detection, semiconductor fabrication, process monitoring, and remote sensing. Although end users need instruments having exceptionally high signal-to-noise (SNR), high spatial and spectral resolution, and low stray light, they also want simplified optical designs that lower size, weight, and cost. Aberration-corrected holographic diffraction gratings deliver these performance characteristics and are also temperature insensitive for suitability in applications that range from ground to space. 

 

Original gratings, unlike those produced using replication techniques, are guaranteed to meet groove profile and density specifications from prototype to production. Headwall's gratings are aberration-corrected, meaning that unwanted optical effects such as keystone and smile are eliminated. Headwall's cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing process for all-original gratings means that OEMs can move from prototype to production rapidly.   

 

"We are seeing a fundamental shift toward small form-factor spectral instruments across all the markets we serve," stated Headwall CEO David Bannon. "Our OEM customers can differentiate their instruments thanks to the unmatched optical precision and efficiency of our aberration-corrected holographic gratings." These instruments can be found not only in laboratory settings, but in airborne platforms and satellites as well. "Temperature insensitivity is a crucial differentiator for our diffractive optics technology," noted Bannon. "Customers want to make sure that the high optical performance that they demand is locked in no matter where or how their instrument is used." Headwall's gratings can routinely survive temperatures exceeding 80 degrees C (to 150 degrees C upon request).

 

Headwall's gratings are used in UV, VIS, NIR, IR, absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, hyperspectral and Raman spectroscopy, CARS spectroscopy, and more. Designs can be fiber-matched and self-referencing if needed and are simplified by Headwall to reduce size, complexity, and cost.

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]

                                   

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Sensors, diffraction gratings

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

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, QualySense Collaborate on In-Line Hyperspectral Inspection

Hyperspectral Sensors Provide Data-Rich Feedback for Precision Grain Sorting

Hyperspec VNIRFitchburg, Massachusetts USA, November 2, 2012Headwall is pleased to announce the production of a new precision hyperspectral collaboration to be used in grain, seed and bean sorting by QualySense (Dübendorf Switzerland). The Hyperspec Extended VNIR sensors, which operate in the spectral range of 550-1650nm, will provide a higher level of precision during the analysis of seeds and grains.

The unique ability of Headwall’s sensors to assess and inspect quality levels of seeds and grains based on spectral characteristics positions QualySense as an innovative leader in this important industry of crop science. Through collaboration with Headwall, the QualySense QSorter systems will be able to classify and sort grains based on nutrients and contamination levels. Waste will be minimized because hyperspectral sensing has the ability to eliminate only those seeds and grains that specific algorithms deem to be of poor quality. Foods made from those commodities will be more effectively processed, utilized, and priced based on quality parameters assessed during the high-throughput, hyperspectral inspection process.

QSorterDavid Bannon, Headwall CEO, noted how hyperspectral sensing is playing an innovative role in food quality and safety: "QualySense is a perfect example of how our technology can be used to deliver cost-effective innovation to processors of seeds and grains. With the QSorter instruments, quality can be determined more precisely than ever and in real time."

Dr. Francesco Dell'Endice, QualySense CEO, explained the key role that innovative technology can play. "Food producers need a highly resolved way of determining protein and oil content, color, size and other meaningful characteristics while increasing product consistency. Hyperspectral sensing represents a tremendous technical leap forward because it gives our customers a new view on quality. Headwall’s Hyperspec sensor provides exceptional spectral and spatial imaging and does so with the processing power required for high-throughput food inspection."

 

 

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 QualySense

QualySense is the worldwide leader focused on delivering innovative, high-end sorting solutions to achieve optimal processing, quality, and safety of grains, seeds, and beans. It is the leader in the development of efficient, high-capacity technologies for analyzing and sorting grains, seeds, and beans according to biochemical and morphological traits. QualySense was founded in 2010 and has been awarded a number of prizes and grants. The company is rapidly growing and has lately received the Swissparks “Best Startup of 2012” award.

For information contact:

Dr. Francesco Dell'Endice QualySense AG

c/o EMPA, Uberlandstrasse 129

CH - 8600, Dübendorf

Switzerland

Phone: +41 44 824 35 80

http://www.qualysense.com

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, VNIR, food processing, agriculture

Hyperspec® UV Starter Kit Simplifies Hyperspectral Imaging

Optimized for the 250nm-600nm UV-VIS Spectral Band, Starter Kit Provides an Easy-to-Deploy Introduction to Hyperspectral Imaging

Fitchburg, MA, September 11, 2012 - Headwall Photonics has introduced its simple-to-use Hyperspec UV Starter Kit that provides everything needed to evaluate and categorize the spectral composition of materials and samples within the UV spectral region. The new hyperspectral imaging system is designed for laboratory researchers in a wide range of application areas including forensics, document examination, and biotechnology analysis.
 
Hyperspec Starter KitEach Hyperspec UV Starter Kit comes complete with a high-performance Hyperspec UV imaging spectrometer optimized for the 250nm-600nm UV-VIS spectral range. A gantry assembly, specially calibrated power-stabilized lighting, linear stage and controller, and a processor engine loaded with Headwall's Hyperspec software completes the system. Headwall's available Hyperspec Data Processing Unit manages the incoming hyperspectral data, while an optional enclosure eliminates the effect of stray light. Both are available as accessories for the Starter Kit.
 
"The Hyperspec UV imaging configuration is designed specifically for the analysis of materials such as forensic evidence or biological samples where optimized spectral and spatial resolution is needed," offered David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics. Document and currency verification, forensics, food and pharmaceutical inspection, and chemical analysis are just a few of the areas where hyperspectral UV imaging can deliver a wealth of valuable data. "Headwall developed the Hyperspec Starter Kit a number of years ago as a means to get our customers up and running very quickly with hyperspectral technology. We continue to invest in this platform and the Hyperspec UV Starter Kit is a response to customer demand for chemical imaging instruments optimized for the UV spectral region," noted Bannon.
 
Headwall Photonics is a recognized pioneer in the field of hyperspectral imaging. Its Hyperspec and Micro-Hyperspec sensors have been successfully deployed for end-users and OEMs in applications including military/defense, airborne and ground surveillance, and food safety, and pharmaceutical inspection. Key to delivering outstanding spatial and spectral resolution as well as high signal-to-noise (SNR) performance is Headwall's focus on diffractive optics and aberration-corrected holographic gratings. This award-winning technology is complemented by the Company's ISO-9001:2008 certification and vertically-integrated manufacturing capabilities.
 
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 Hyperspec family 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]eadwallphotonics.com  
  

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Sensors, Sensing

Headwall Photonics Names Peter Clemens as Director of Engineering

Engineering Team Expands With Focus On Development of Innovative Products & Advanced Capabilities

Fitchburg, MA, September 5, 2012 —Headwall Photonics is pleased to announce that Peter Clemens has been named Headwall's Director of Engineering and Development. Peter brings thirty years of engineering and applications expertise in the design and development of optical imaging platforms. His experience working in engineering and operations has resulted in over 50 different imaging products brought from design development into full-scale production.

Before joining Headwall, Pete was Technical Director of Operations at BAE Systems. While at BAE, Pete held many roles within systems engineering, engineering management and operations. Over that time period, the company transitioned several times, from Honeywell electro-optics to Loral infrared imaging systems to Lockheed Martin imaging systems and then finally to BAE Systems.

David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics, said that Pete’s track record complements Headwall’s spirit of innovation perfectly. “With experience working for four of the world’s top scientific engineering companies, Pete brings a broad base of technical expertise and engineering management to Headwall’s product development and engineering initiatives.” 

As a fast growing company, Headwall Photonics has established a leading position as a designer and manufacturer of innovative spectral instruments and advanced optics for industrial customers, research organizations, and military/defense applications.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral instruments for industrial, commercial, and government markets. The Company’s high-performance instruments are used in military/defense/reconnaissance applications and in high-speed inspection lines. Other application areas include remote sensing, medical and biotechnology, forensics, chemicals, and color measurement. 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                

http://www.headwallphotonics.com

Email: [email protected]      

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Defense, Sensors, Sensing, BAE

Headwall's Hyperspectral Sensors Set to Lift Off with NT Space

Headwall Delivered Hyperspec® VNIR & SWIR Sensors to Cover Broad Spectral Wavelength Range of 380 to 2500 nm

Fitchburg, MA, July 17, 2012 - Headwall Photonics, a leading supplier of high performance spectral imaging solutions, has completed the design, manufacture, and test of the space-qualified hyperspectral sensor payload for NT Space, a leading technology supplier and integrator of satellites and spacecraft and a subsidiary of NEC and Toshiba. The Headwall sensor systems have been delivered to NT Space for integration onto one of the world's foremost remote sensing satellite missions.

 

Hyperspectral image from satelliteWith this hyperspectral space platform, Headwall has introduced a new class of hyperspectral imaging sensors specifically designed for small satellite payloads that offer the industry's highest optical efficiency and widest field of view. The Hyperspec® Space sensors offer government programs and commercial satellite providers the ability to cost-effectively deliver new data services and imagery with a very small, affordable sensor payload that covers the VNIR (380-1000nm) and SWIR (950-2500nm) spectral regions.

 

With many years as an instrument supplier to NASA, Headwall was selected by NT Space to manufacture spectral imaging instrumentation in support of the scientific and remote sensing applications of the Japanese satellite mission. Japan's satellite will offer the world's first commercial hyperspectral data service products. Hyperspectral imagery is a critical technology in that it offers the remote sensing community the ability to detect not only the presence of objects but also identify, characterize, and quantify objects within the field of view of the satellite.

 

Headwall has very unique engineering capabilities which are well-suited for critical satellite and airborne applications. Headwall was selected because of its proven hyperspectral technology designs that offer a very tall image slit without introducing image distortions. This allows researchers to utilize a very wide field of view on the ground with exceptional spectral and spatial resolution--critical performance attributes for any satellite deployment.

 

"Headwall is very proud of its strong partnership with NT Space and the high level of technical collaboration generated throughout this project," said David Bannon, Headwall's Chief Executive Officer. "NT Space is a leading provider of space technologies and integrated solution platforms and we look forward to continued efforts on future projects."

 

Providing industry-leading spectral and spatial resolution, Headwall's patented Hyperspec® platform offers imaging sensors optimized for the following spectral regions:

  • Visible                               380 to 780 nanometers
  • Visible - Near Infrared         380 to 1000 nanometers
  • Extended VNIR                   600 to 1700 nanometers
  • Near Infrared                     900 to 1700 nanometers
  • Short Wave Infrared           950 to 2500 nanometers

About NEC's Space Systems

NEC is a pioneer of Japan's space exploration program. It has been engaged in development of more than 60 satellites since Japan's first satellite "Ohsumi" launched in 1970. NEC's recent achievement includes development and production of a control system and robotic arm deployed in the Japanese Experimental Module "KIBO" of the International Space Station as well as system integration of HAYABUSA.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of a diversified global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide. For additional information, please visit the NEC Web site at: http://www.nec.com.

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, Remote Sensing, Sensors, SWIR, Sensing, VNIR, Satellites

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 Photonics Wins 2012 R&D 100 Award for Hyperspec RECON

Handheld, rugged hyperspectral sensor recognized as one of the world's most technologically significant products 

 

Fitchburg, MA, June 20, 2012 - R&D Magazine has just announced that the Hyperspec® RECON™ hyperspectral sensor has been chosen as a recipient of a 2012 R&D 100 Award. The annual award competition is now celebrating its 50th anniversary. An independent judging panel along with editors of R&D Magazine chose the top 100 products; results were made public R&D 100 Awardtoday.

 

"We are extremely proud to win this very prestigious award," said David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics. "The core technologies that differentiated Hyperspec RECON in the eyes of the judging panel--very high spatial and spectral resolution and high-efficiency diffractive optics--are fundamental to all ourHyperspec RECON hyperspectral sensors."

 

Rita Peters, Editorial Director for R&D Magazine, notified Headwall Photonics that its Hyperspec RECON sensor was chosen as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the past year. "On behalf of the R&D staff, I would like to congratulate the project team on the design, development, testing, and production of this remarkable product."

 

Formal presentation and acceptance of the award will take place November 1, 2012 in Orlando.

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