Headwall’s Spectral Imaging Sensors Aid Brain Cancer Surgery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                


Web site:


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


Web site:



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


Web site:


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        

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. 

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       

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        


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:

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.

Headwall, ReSe Applications Partner For Airborne Spectral Imaging

ReSe’s Remote Sensing Software Combined with Headwall’s Hyperspec® Airborne Sensors Offers Orthorectification of Airborne Hyperspectral Data Airborne hyperspectral image

Fitchburg, MA, June 7, 2012Headwall Photonics, a worldwide designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging instruments, has announced that the PARGE® remote-sensing software by ReSe Applications Schläpfer is available for Headwall's family of Hyperspec® airborne hyperspectral sensors.

In offering commercial remote sensing customers a complete airborne hyperspectral solution, Headwall is able to take advantage of ReSe’s PARGE® software that provides orthorectification and direct geocoding for airborne imagery data acquired with Headwall’s hyperspectral imaging sensors.  The PARGE® software provides a reconstruction of the scanning geometry of airborne data cubes on a pixel-by-pixel basis using the position and attitude of the airplane and can be used in conjunction with terrain elevation data.

Headwall’s Hyperspec® family of hyperspectral sensors have been deployed extensively by earth scientists around the world for commercial and civilian remote sensing applications. With a long history of leadership in the deployment of military and defense sensors, Headwall has utilized the patented, aberration-corrected reflective Hyperspec® design to offer civilian customers and researchers superb spectral and spatial imaging performance with a very wide field of view for flight swath efficiency.

“Providing a complete airborne solution comprising both sensor hardware, GPS/INS assembly, processing subsystems, and orthorectification software is a prerequisite for successful use of airborne remote sensing technology,” stated Dr. Daniel Schläpfer, owner and managing Director of ReSe Applications Schläpfer. “ReSe Applications is pleased to partner with Headwall Photonics to offer this software capability. Headwall has been a leading provider of airborne sensors going back many years to the US Navy’s Ocean PHILLS program, which was already supported by ReSe.”

According to Headwall CEO David Bannon, the company will take advantage of the ReSe remote sensing software to complement its family of Hyperspec and Micro-Hyperspec airborne imagers. “Airborne remote sensing applications represent a key strategic initiative for Headwall; the software capabilities offered by ReSe Applications are important to provide complete imagery solutions for hyperspectral data sets,” stated Bannon.

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 OEM 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.  Headwall Photonics was formed as the result of a management buy-out from Agilent Technologies.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051        


About ReSe Applications Schläpfer

ReSe Applications Schläpfer is a small Swiss company focused on remote sensing data processing and imaging spectroscopy research. It was founded in 2000 as a spin-off from the Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) of the University of Zurich. The major activities are the development and distribution of dedicated software for geometric and atmospheric preprocessing of optical remote sensing data. The PARGE® orthorectification software is one of ReSe's ground breaking development for airborne optical scanner systems. Furthermore, the company successfully advanced the development and operationalization of the original ATCOR atmospheric and topographic correction software in close collaboration with its inventor. This allows ReSE to offer leading geometric and radiometric correction software for both satellite and airborne remote sensing.

For information contact:

Dr. Daniel Schläpfer, ReSe Applications Schläpfer

Tel.: +41 71 911 46 14

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