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Headwall Honored by 2020 Laser Focus World Innovators Awards

2010LFW_iaHero.5f7ca4e64fa47Bolton, Massachusetts – October 14, 2020

Headwall, the industry leader in turnkey hyperspectral imaging solutions and spectral instrumentation, announced today that the MV.X Embedded-Vision Hyperspectral Imaging System was recognized by an esteemed and experienced panel of judges from the optics and photonics community as a Platinum honoree for Detectors and Imaging, part of the 2020 Laser Focus World Innovators Awards.

“On behalf of the Laser Focus World Innovators Awards, I would like to congratulate Headwall on their Platinum level honoree status,” said Laser Focus World Editor in Chief, John Lewis. “This competitive program allows Laser Focus World to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products impacting the photonics community this year.”

Headwall’s MV.X Embedded-Vision Hyperspectral Imaging System uses onboard computing to run spectral classification algorithms and output actionable data in real time. This data enables automation of industrial workflows, which can then be used for the inspection and grading of products and many other applications. Headwall’s MV.X is a significant step in easing the adoption of hyperspectral imaging for industrial applications and provides significant added value where spectral information is needed.

“Although some industrial applications exist, hyperspectral imaging has primarily been used in research applications. This is largely due to the difficulty in quickly processing the large data files generated by a hyperspectral imager,” says Christian Felsheim, Director of Headwall Europe, a driving force behind the development of the MV.X. “The MV.X eliminates both the deployment complexity and computational bottlenecks of previous solutions using a proprietary embedded processor and advanced classification algorithms to output a data stream compatible with machine vision standards for automation systems. This facilitates using hyperspectral imaging across a wide application space including food quality and inspection, material sorting, pharmaceutical monitoring, precise color measurement for paint, dye, and pigment formulation, as well as even phenotyping of plants.”

About Laser Focus World
Published since 1965, Laser Focus World has become the most trusted global resource for engineers, researchers, scientists, and technical professionals by providing comprehensive coverage of photonics technologies, applications, and markets. Laser Focus World reports on and analyzes the latest developments and significant trends in both the technology and business of photonics worldwide — and offers greater technical depth than any other publication in the field.

About Headwall
Headwall is a leading designer and manufacturer of complete spectral instrumentation solutions for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is headquartered in the US, and has three European locations in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. European headquarters operations at Headwall BVBA are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit
 headwallphotonics.com.

For more information, please contact:
Heather Hargraves
Headwall Marketing Communications Manager
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4034
E-Mail: hhargraves@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Welcomes New Marketing Communications Manager

ProfileHHBolton, Massachusetts – September 14, 2020

Headwall, the industry leader in turnkey hyperspectral imaging solutions and spectral instrumentation, announced today that Heather Hargraves has joined as the new Marketing Communications Manager. She will be responsible for conceiving and executing marketing strategies and tactics that drive growth for Headwall. In addition, Heather will help drive overall brand development and messaging in the marketplace.

“Headwall is undertaking a number of new initiatives where Heather’s extensive knowledge and experience will be a significant asset,” says Don Battistoni, Headwall Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Her skill set spans all aspects of communications and marketing, and we're very pleased to have her onboard to help capitalize on the strength of the Headwall brand as we continue to innovate and grow.”

“I’m thrilled to have been chosen for this role at such an exciting time for Headwall,” said Heather. “I was attracted by the company’s mission to solve critical problems across a wide range of applications in agriculture, food safety, biotechnology, and defense markets. I look forward to bringing my experience and energy to the team.”

Heather Hargraves comes to Headwall after a productive stretch at Radius Innovation & Development, a Jabil company, where she was a Marketing Communications & Content Manager. Previously she worked in the market research industry for both International Data Corporation (IDC) and BCC Research, with a strong focus on content and digital marketing communications. Heather has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with a concentration in Communications Media, as well as a Minor in English, from Worcester State University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Marketing.

About Headwall

Headwall is a leading designer and manufacturer of complete spectral instrumentation solutions for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is headquartered in the US, and has three European locations in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. European headquarters operations at Headwall BVBA are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit headwallphotonics.com.

For more information, please contact:
Heather Hargraves
Headwall Marketing Communications Manager
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4034
E-Mail: hhargraves@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Bolsters Business Development in Asia/Pacific Region with New Addition

Jackie Hsiao Hired as Asia/Pacific Regional Sales Manager

Jackie_Hsiao_PicBolton, Massachusetts – September 1, 2020

Headwall, the industry leader in turnkey hyperspectral imaging solutions and spectral instrumentation, announced today that Jackie Hsiao has joined the Headwall commercial team as Regional Sales Manager for the Asia/Pacific region. He will be responsible for driving revenue across Headwall's core markets and application spaces including Remote Sensing and Machine Vision.

“Jackie brings a wealth of successful sales management experience to the team,” says Don Battistoni, Headwall Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “His strategic thinking, technical background, and channel management expertise will be instrumental in expanding awareness of Headwall’s products, technology, and value in the Asia/Pacific region.”

“As the first Headwall employee in the region, I look forward to building on our established brand through increased face time with our end customers and channel partners to understand their specific needs and challenges. This direct 'voice of customer' input will be key to cultivating long-term partnerships, guiding future product development, and insure our long term mutual success,” said Jackie.

Jackie Hsiao most recently served as Sales Vice President & General Manager for China at UnitySC, responsible for overseeing semiconductor automated inspection and metrology solutions. Previously, he was Director of ALD Sales in Asia for Veeco (formerly Ultratech/Cambridge NanoTech), developing sales strategies for core market segments while leveraging insights from customers and stakeholders to facilitate growth. Jackie obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering & Industry Economics from Tamkang University.

About Headwall
Headwall is a leading designer and manufacturer of complete spectral instrumentation solutions for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is headquartered in the US, and has three European locations in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. European headquarters operations at Headwall BVBA are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit headwallphotonics.com.

For more information, please contact:
Heather Hargraves
Headwall Marketing Communications Manager
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4034
E-Mail: hhargraves@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Partner Purdue U to Help Develop Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture

$26 million National Science Foundation grant for commercializing sensor technologies such as hyperspectral imaging for digital agriculture

Bolton, MA, August 12, 2020 – Headwall Photonics, a world leader in hyperspectral imaging systems and solutions, announced today that a close technology partner, Purdue University, has been chosen by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a key member of a new Engineering Research Center (ERC) dedicated to significant improvements in agriculture as a part of ensuring long-term food, energy, and water security.

The NSF ERC for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag) unites faculty and students from the University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, the University of California at Merced, and the University of Florida with government and industry partners. Staff will utilize technology such as Headwall’s hyperspectral sensors integrated onto unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems to create data-driven models to capture and analyze plant physiology, soil properties, management and environmental variations.

“We are excited about our partnership and we look forward to continuing our work with Headwall to maximize the impact and success of IoT4Ag’s technologies, education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion activities,” says Melba Crawford, the Nancy Uridil and Francis Bossu Professor in Civil Engineering, and professor of agronomy and electrical and computer engineering at Purdue.

“The ERC will also leverage Purdue’s commitment to plant science and our focus on digital agriculture. We are excited about the collaboration with our university and industrial partners to advance technology in environmental sensing, robotics, and data science in precision agriculture to help meet the demands for food production in the upcoming decades.”

David Bannon, President & CEO of Headwall, is equally enthusiastic: “This is one of the more prestigious and impactful partnerships that we have undertaken. A core strength of our company is providing remote-sensing solutions for customers within the agritech community. We also look forward to applying Headwall spectral imaging solutions to important problem areas to drive improved crop yield and enhanced phenotype resiliency."

About the College of Agriculture at Purdue University
Purdue University’s College of Agriculture is one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences. As a land-grant institution, we are committed to preparing our students to make a difference, wherever their careers take them; stretching the frontiers of science to find solutions to some of our most pressing global challenges; and, through Purdue Extension and engagement programs, helping the people of Indiana, the nation and the world improve their lives and livelihoods.

About The NSF ERC IoT4Ag
The NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) program supports convergent research, education, and technology translation at U.S. universities that will lead to strong societal impacts. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the research project, including engineering workforce development at all participant stages, a culture of diversity and inclusion where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC. IoT4Ag seeks to ensure food, energy, and water security with new systems to increase crop production while minimizing energy and water use and environmental impacts of agricultural practices.

About Headwall
Based in Massachusetts, Headwall is a leading designer and manufacturer of complete spectral instrumentation solutions for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. With a worldwide presence, Headwall maintains offices in 3 European locations and 1 office in Taiwan. For more information, visit www.headwallphotonics.com.

For more information, please contact:
Ross Nakatsuji, Headwall Marketing Communications
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
+1-978-353-4051
rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall & perClass Partner to Advance Embedded Vision Solutions with Intuitive Spectral Imaging

Industry-leading platform paired with real-time onboard classification on processing/production lines

Bolton, MA, June 25, 2020 – Headwall Photonics, a world leader in hyperspectral imaging platforms and instrumentation, and perClass BV, provider of innovative and reliable software for production deployment of machine learning and spectral imaging solutions, announced a partnership today that will help meet challenging needs for customers worldwide.

“Markets such as food processing, high-tech manufacturing, and material-sorting for recycling now have a much easier path to exploit the power of hyperspectral imaging,” says Christian Felsheim, Director of Headwall Photonics Europe. “Headwall’s new Hyperspec® MV.X embedded hyperspectral imaging platform is designed from the start to run spectral classification algorithms such as those developed by perClass Mira® and output actionable data in real time, enabling automated sorting systems to take immediate action along the line.”

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Dr. Pavel Paclik, Founder and Managing Director of perClass BV, agrees and adds, “Our mission at perClass is to significantly lower the barrier to entry for the vast number of industries that can benefit from an AI-based workflow that creates highly accurate models without the need for cumbersome coding. We’re excited to be working with Headwall’s architecture so that customers can fully benefit from the many advantages our own automated machine-learning platform offers.”

Above: an example of a system with an MV.X built by Headwall reseller Visratek in Turkey. The perClass Mira runtime engine helps enable real-time spectral classification as shown by as products pass under the MV.X on a conveyor belt.

Accurate and reliable classification models can be generated using the Headwall MV.X and perClass Mira software on a PC. Those models are then uploaded to IP67-rated MV.X imaging systems on the production line with no need for dedicated computers to store and process the raw hyperspectral data. Amazingly the compact MV.X systems host a runtime version of perClass Mira that outputs the classified data through an industry-standard GenICam interface to robotic systems to take action along the line without any further processing.

The pairing of Headwall’s MV.X and perClass’ Mira platforms allow customers to rapidly deploy solutions that can be easily updated if requirements or situations change; for example, the material being inspected changes or even more accurate classification models are developed over time.

About Headwall

Headwall is a leading designer and manufacturer of complete spectral instrumentation solutions for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company has three European locations in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. Hyperspec is a registered trademark of Headwall Photonics. European headquarters operations at Headwall BVBA are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.headwallphotonics.com.

About perClass

Since 2008, perClass has been providing software for design and production deployment of machine learning and spectral imaging solutions. It is used in the most demanding applications, such as food quality control, industrial sorting, medical diagnostics or traffic accident detection.

The perClass Mira user-interface radically simplifies interpretation of spectral images. Within minutes users can create sophisticated classification solutions without machine learning expertise or programming. perClass runtime technology enables GPU accelerated real-time deployment in custom applications in both PC and edge computing scenarios. perClass and perClass Mira are registered trademarks of perClass BV. Find out more at www.perclass.com.

For more information, please contact:

Ross Nakatsuji, Headwall Marketing Communications

580 Main Street

Bolton, Massachusetts 01740

+1-978-353-4051

rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall MV.X Embedded-Vision Hyperspectral Imaging System wins Gold Innovation Award

Industry-leading Hyperspec® MV.X platform paired with real-time onboard classification on processing/production lines

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Bolton, MA – June 16, 2020 – Headwall Photonics, a world leader in hyperspectral imaging platforms and instrumentation, announced today that its MV.X Embedded-Processing Hyperspectral Imaging System was recognized as among the best in machine vision today by the judges of the Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies.

“The Vision Systems Design team would like to congratulate Headwall Photonics for their score in the 2020 Innovators Awards program,” says John Lewis, Editor in Chief. “Each year this unbiased and increasingly competitive program aims to celebrate the most innovative products and systems in machine vision. The Headwall team should be very proud.”

The robust and embedded architecture of the Hyperspec® MV.X portends a shift towards ’edge computing’ solutions, optimizing, reducing complexity and the cost of processing large amounts of high-resolution hyperspectral data and converting it into actionable information that can be transmitted over industrial networks to enable efficient and timely decision making.

“Our goal is to make the power of hyperspectral imaging much more widely accessible so that customers can reap the benefits of increased efficiency,” says Christian Felsheim, Director of Headwall Photonics Europe and a driving force behind the inception and development of the MV.X. “This helps customers save time and money in many applications such as food inspection for grading and safety, material sorting for recycling operations, quality control for pharmaceutical manufacturing, and precise color measurement for paint, dye and pigment formulation as well as phenotyping of plants.”

About Headwall

Headwall is a leading designer and manufacturer of complete spectral instrumentation solutions for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company has three European locations in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. European headquarters operations at Headwall BVBA are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.headwallphotonics.com.

About Vision Systems Design

Published since 1996, Vision Systems Design is a global resource for engineers, engineering managers and systems integrators that provides 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 2020 Innovators Awards program

The Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards program reviews and recognized the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. High-scoring companies were announced via webcast on June 16. 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.

For more information, please contact:
Ross Nakatsuji, Headwall Marketing Communications
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
+1-978-353-4051
rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Enhances Business Operations in Europe with a Director-Level Position

Christian Felsheim elevated to Director Headwall Photonics Europe

Christian_FelsheimBolton, MA – April 13, 2020 – Headwall Photonics, a world leader in hyperspectral imaging platforms and instrumentation, announced today that Christian Felsheim has been promoted to the position of Director Headwall Photonics Europe.

He joined the Headwall sales team as Business Development and OEM Account Manager for the European region in 2018 with a focus on expanding sales and solidifying customer relationships across the region. Since then, Christian has been the driving force behind the recent successful introduction of the MV.X Advanced Machine Vision camera and its simplified integration protocols that help transform Headwall’s powerful technology into intuitive solutions that directly provide actionable data.

“I see tremendous potential for business growth in Europe,” says Christian. “Customers across a wide range of markets look at hyperspectral imaging solutions as a significant step up from conventional color and multispectral methods. Headwall has those solutions today for both research applications and production deployment.”

“Christian has contributed an enormous amount to our business activity in Europe,” says Don Battistoni, Headwall Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “In addition, he has helped spearhead initiatives such as the Center for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Europe (CHRSE) and our new MV.X advanced machine vision product line with onboard hyperspectral data processing in real time. I sincerely appreciate Christian’s experienced market insights and look forward to working with him to continue expanding Headwall’s business in Europe.”

Christian Felsheim previously served as Head of OEM Sales at Andor Technology, extending the company’s reach into the life science and machine vision markets, and was Vice President Sales, EMEA at JAI A/S, a manufacturer of area and linescan cameras for machine vision applications such as food sorting and intelligent traffic systems (ITS). He holds a Diplom in Neurobiology and Computer Science from the University of Tübingen, and a Business Administration and Management certificate from ILM.

About Headwall
Headwall is a leading designer and manufacturer of complete spectral instrumentation solutions for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The US-headquartered company has three European locations in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. European headquarters operations at Headwall BVBA are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.headwallphotonics.com

For more information, please contact:
Ross Nakatsuji
Headwall Marketing Communications
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4051
E-Mail: rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall Adds to Leadership Team with Director of Manufacturing & Operations

Karen Armstrong brings experience scaling optical manufacturing teams with a focus on lean manufacturing

Karen_ArmstrongBolton, MA – March 23, 2020 – Headwall Photonics, a world leader that manufactures the core optical components within its own hyperspectral imaging platforms and instrumentation, as well as OEM components and sensors for third-party instrumentation, announced today the hiring of Karen Armstrong as Director of Manufacturing & Operations.

“As an expert in lean manufacturing, Karen is an experienced senior manager helping to position Headwall for profitable growth” says David Bannon, Headwall President & CEO. “Our customers come to us for the highest performing OEM instruments and spectral imaging solutions, and Karen has a skill set to help us grow the business within our targeted markets.”

“I look forward to bringing my focus on continuous improvement and implementation of both quality-based manufacturing and business efficiencies to Headwall,” says Armstrong. “Headwall’s customers have come to expect the best, and I anticipate working hard to deliver on this value proposition.”

Armstrong most recently served as Operations Manager at IPG Photonics, responsible for the optical component production group for a well-respected product line of industrial lasers. Previously she was the Director of Manufacturing Operations at General Dynamics/Axsys IR Systems, overseeing the high-volume assembly and test area and supporting significant business growth while implementing improvements in manufacturing, automation, and business processes.
Armstrong obtained a B.S. in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an M.S. in Electro-Optical Engineering from Tufts University.

About Headwall
Headwall is a leading designer and manufacturer of complete spectral instrumentation solutions for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The US-headquartered company has three European locations in Belgium, Germany, and Italy. European headquarters operations at Headwall BVBA are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.headwallphotonics.com

For more information, please contact:
Ross Nakatsuji
Headwall Marketing Communications
580 Main Street
Bolton, Massachusetts 01740
Tel: +1-978-353-4051
E-Mail: rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

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Headwall And Ocean Insight Enter Into China Distribution Agreement

Headwall and Ocean Insight look forward to fueling strong growth in the region

OceanInsight_logoIn recognition of the growing demand for hyperspectral imaging products, Headwall and Ocean Insight have entered into a partnership agreement whereby Ocean Insight China will distribute Headwall’s products through the company’s extensive commercial channels in the region. The agreement is effective immediately and reflects the growing demand both companies see for spectral imaging solutions.

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Headwall and Ocean Insight share a common vision for the adoption of high-performance spectral instrumentation into general research, and industrial machine-vision applications in a variety of markets including food quality/safety, biosciences, consumer electronics, forensics, and environmental monitoring. The combination of Ocean Insight’s established technical sales & marketing infrastructure and Headwall’s industry-leading spectral imaging solutions will address a wide range of end-user applications in China.

“Headwall is extremely excited to partner with Ocean Insight China to accelerate our growth in this important region. Our hyperspectral solutions are complementary to Ocean Insight’s renowned spectral products and we are confident the combination provides synergistic growth opportunities for both companies,” said Don Battistoni, Headwall’s Vice President Global Sales & Marketing. “We look forward to working with the Ocean Insight team to leverage our hyperspectral solutions in both research and industrial application areas to drive end-user success.”

“Our partnership with Headwall allows us to offer sophisticated and robust solutions from the recognized leader in hyperspectral imaging,” said Ling Sun, President, Ocean Insight Asia. “Researchers in China want the best, and Headwall’s innovative products fit perfectly with our Applied Spectral Knowledge (ASK) philosophy.”

About Headwall

Headwall is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for critical, application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). Headwall’s European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.headwallphotonics.com

Headwall contact

Ross Nakatsuji

Headwall Marketing Communications

580 Main Street, Bolton, Massachusetts 01740

Tel: +1-978-353-4051

E-mail: rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

About Ocean Insight

From supplying spectroscopy modules and multispectral sensors in volume to providing turnkey systems for a wide range of applications, Ocean Insight partners with the world’s leading companies to deliver solutions that produce decisive results. Our sensing technologies, ability to engineer complex solutions, and experience in applying spectral knowledge to solve measurement challenges are uniquely placed to deliver custom solutions from prototype to mass production.

Ocean Insight contact

Teresa Qian 钱留琴

Product Marketing Manager, Ocean Insight Asia 海洋光学亚洲

古北路666号601室,上海

Tel: 021-62956600-128

E-mail: qian.liuqin@oceaninsight.com

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Headwall Hyperspectral Sensor System Launched Into Space

Hyperspec VNIR and SWIR imaging sensors launched for Japan Space Systems earth monitoring mission aboard the International Space Station

Headwall-Sensor-Launch-CRS-19_15756599376845…4…3…2…1 Lift-Off! From Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Headwall announced that its High-Efficiency Hyperspec Sensor System was launched into space for a multi-year, earth-monitoring research mission aboard the International Space Station. The mission known by the name of HISUI (Hyperspectral Imager SUIte) within the earth-observation community supports research being conducted by Japan Space Systems, a leading space exploration organization in Japan.

The Headwall sensor payload consists of two custom, highperformance imaging spectrometers. The High-Efficiency Hyperspec VNIR covers the spectral range from 400nm to 1000nm and the High- Efficiency Hyperspec SWIR covers the spectral range of 900nm to 2500nm. Together they deliver 185 spectral bands over a 20 km swath with 20 x 30 meter spatial resolution. HISUI itself consists of the imaging portion installed in the Exposed Facility (EF) and a mission data recorder installed in the Pressurized Module (PM) of the Japan Experiment Module (JEM) for a three-year mission life.

“Headwall has a successful legacy of developing products for space programs and this is an important differentiator for our engineering team” stated David Bannon, President & CEO of Headwall. “With a strategic focus on the new space economy, Headwall has been able to utilize our COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) hyperspectral sensor technology at much lower price points than are available through traditional space contractors – all without sacrificing imaging performance. This strategy has enabled the cost-effective development of small satellite and CubeSat constellations with the additional benefit of reducing technical risk, budget risk, and schedule risk.”

Headwall has developed a portfolio of spaceborne hyperspectral imaging spectrometers for a range of applications ranging from earth monitoring to greenhouse gas detection. The Headwall hyperspectral sensor payload was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:29pm EST / 17:29 GMT-UTC on December 5, 2019. The Headwall team viewed the launch from the Kennedy Space Center observatory along with representatives from the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) and senior management from Japan Space Systems.

About Headwall

Headwall is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for critical, application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). Headwall’s European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.headwallphotonics.com

Headwall contact

Ross Nakatsuji

Headwall Marketing Communications

580 Main Street, Bolton, Massachusetts 01740

Tel: +1-978-353-4051

E-mail: rnakatsuji@headwallphotonics.com

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