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

NRL program focus on establishing reliable hyperspectral sensor payloads

 for UAVs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information on MWIR and LWIR models are available upon request.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging

spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance instruments have been selected by military/defense departments, OEMs, and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                


Email: cvanveen@headwallphotonics.com


About U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

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

For information contact:

Naval Research Laboratory

4555 Overlook Ave. S.W.

Washington, DC 20375

Tel: 202-767-2541


Email: nrl1030@ccs.nrl.navy.mil



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