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Headwall wins Gold in Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Program

Fitchburg, MA March 27, 2015 –Headwall Photonics, a global leader in multispectral and hyperspectral imaging systems, announced today that its Hyperspec® INSPECTOR was recognized among the best in the industry by the judges of the Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies.

Headwall was presented with a Gold level award at the AUTOMATE 2015 conference held in Chicago on March 25.

“On behalf of the Vision Systems Design Innovator Awards, I would like to congratulate Headwall on their Gold award,” said Vision Systems Design Group Publisher Alan Bergstein. “This competitive, unbiased program celebrates the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. The team at Headwall should be very proud.”

inspector cranberriesHeadwall’s Hyperspec® INSPECTOR is a completely integrated solution that collects all the spectral and spatial data within the field of view. Hyperspectral image data far exceeds the amount of useful information that traditional machine-vision or RGB systems can collect. As an example, hyperspectral image data can help boost food quality and safety because hard-to-detect anomalies, foreign matter, and disease conditions can be seen with exceptional clarity and precision. As regulations become more stringent worldwide, industry is rapidly exploring and adopting this new technology. Hyperspec INSPECTOR can be ‘tuned’ to work in the Visible/Near-Infrared (VNIR) range of 400-1000nm or in the Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) range of 950-2500nm.

While INSPECTOR is typically deployed in-line or at-line as part of advanced machine-vision applications, Headwall’s hyperspectral imagers are also used aboard aircraft and UAVs for environmental research, precision agriculture, and overall remote-sensing initiatives.

About Vision Systems Design

Published since 1996, Vision Systems Design is a global resource that provides engineers, engineering managers and systems integrators comprehensive global coverage of vision systems technologies, applications, and markets. Vision Systems Design's magazine, website (www.vision-systems.com), email newsletters and webcasts report on and analyze the latest technology and business developments and trends in the worldwide machine vision and image processing industry.

About The Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Awards program

The Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Awards program reviewed and recognized the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. High-scoring companies were announced at AUTOMATE 2015 held in Chicago, IL, USA. Criteria used in the Innovators Awards ranking included: originality, innovation; impact on designers, systems integrators and end-users; fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed, leveraging a novel technology, and increasing productivity.

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]

 

 

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Tags: hyperspectral imaging, Remote Sensing, Sensors, food processing, precision agriculture

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

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

Hyperspec® SNAPSHOT Sensor Commercializes Handheld Hyperspectral

Headwall’s small, compact hyperspectral sensor is ideal for field use where portable sensors facilitate spectral imaging research

Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA, March 20, 2014Headwall Photonics announced the introduction of the Hyperspec® SNAPSHOT imaging sensor which has been designed for commercial use by environmental researchers, civil engineers, and remote sensing organizations.  The Hyperspec® Snapshot sensor covers the VNIR spectral range (380-1000nm) and uses diffractive optics technology comprising aberration-corrected features for high spectral and spatial resolution and outstanding signal-to-noise (SNR) characteristics.  This commercial product is based on Headwall’s Hyperspec® RECON sensor which is sold to U.S. military and defense customers.

Snapshot ImagerThe Hyperspec® Snapshot sensor is the industry’s first portable hyperspectral imager generating very high resolution spectral and spatial datacubes of objects within the sensor’s wide field of view (FOV). This high performance, integrated sensor is a small form factor, fully integrated instrument designed for easy, straightforward use in the field. By engineering the optical complexities out of the instrument, the sensor provides point & click functionality where scene data is shown on the sensor’s LCD screen and recorded on a standard SD-card.

Headwall CEO David Bannon commented on the innovation provided by the Hyperspec® Snapshot imager: "Headwall designed this commercial sensor based on the work that went into the Hyperspec RECON military sensor, which was built for reconnaissance applications." Hyperspec Snapshot and RECON are fundamentally similar, allowing for the detection of specific spectral targets at long distances within a durable, portable, and easy to use instrument.  "The true innovation is the small size of the sensor coupled with its ease of use," noted Bannon. "We engineered the complexity out so the sensor becomes a very useful instrument for a wide range of applications and users that extend beyond military reconnaissance missions."

Hyperspec® SNAPSHOT can be ordered directly from Headwall or any worldwide distributor partners.

About Headwall

With a core capability to manufacture diffractive optics, Headwall Photonics, is unique in its ability to design and build high performance spectral instruments that are application-specific.  Based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), Headwall is the leading 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]

www.HeadwallPhotonics.com

 


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

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

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

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]  
  

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