We offer payloads that can be integrated onto compatible UAVs and other vehicles such as manned aircraft. Compatible UAVs include: DJI Matrice 600 Pro, FreeFly Alta X, BFD SE8. Our sensors fly onboard manned aircraft such as NASA’s Cessna and Twin Otter aircraft carrying the G-LiHT and Headwall SIF imaging sensor and P-3 Orion carrying sensors for missions over the Arctic.
Next-generation Nano HP systems are designed with ideal Size, Weight, and Power consumption (SWaP) for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the Nano HP contains aberration-corrected optics, an internal solid-state drive (SSD), Gigabit Ethernet interface, and offers a choice of lenses. We can deliver an out-of-box solution to you with a choice of GPS/IMU and optional LiDAR.
Extending the VNIR range to 1700 nm allows additional hyperspectral imaging capability for applications in remote sensing that need a longer reach into the near-infrared region than conventional VNIR (400 to 1000 nm) while retaining some visible-wavelength capability. Due to payload restrictions, this configuration is not available with LiDAR.
Our Micro-Hyperspec SWIR 640 system offers outstanding sensitivity and low power requirements. Due to payload restrictions, this configuration is not available with LiDAR. Check out our Co-Aligned VNIR-SWIR turnkey or payload package with BOTH VNIR and SWIR data capture with closely matched field of views and optional LiDAR.
Next-generation Co-Aligned HP VNIR-SWIR systems on a UAV contain co-aligned VNIR and SWIR systems with independent optical and data-acquisition and solid-state storage, as well as a high-performance GPS/IMU package. The field-of-view for each system is closely matched, and LiDAR can also be added. This is our own choice for remote-sensing missions.
Headwall offers a full selection of lenses for use within our wavelength ranges. Some of our sensors such as the award-winning Solar-Induced Fluorescence imaging sensor can be paired with a particular lens or set of lenses that result in optimized performance.
Aerial LiDAR is useful for forest mapping and crop-health analytics by providing information on plant height and density. Combining hyperspectral and LiDAR provides a more complete picture of how the landscape looks with respect to structure and vegetation types. Headwall’s LiDAR Tools allows creation of high-resolution, high-accuracy Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) crucial for accurate orthorectified images and flying over areas where the topography is subject to periodic change.
A Global Positioning System / Inertial Measurement Unit (GPS/IMU) keeps track of location coordinates while the IMU accounts for the effects of roll, pitch, and yaw. Headwall offers two GPS/IMU instruments available for use on UAVs: Standard (left) and High-Performance (right). The Standard unit is very compact and lightweight, while the High-Performance unit offers increased accuracy.
If you are flying a mission more than about 20km from a Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS), then a portable GPS Base Station for GNSS Reference is recommended. The Base Station allows the user to generate an SBET just 20–30 minutes after the flight versus having to wait overnight to access CORS data. The GPS Base Station for GNSS Reference is an easy to use, survey-grade unit that is powered by a long-duration rechargeable battery.