Turnkey Integrated Airborne Systems

Turnkey Systems including the UAV

We are proud to offer complete turnkey out-of-the-box systems that include the UAV. Headwall's hyperspectral imaging sensors are used aboard a variety of UAS platforms, including models by DJI Enterprise and FreeFly. Headwall professionally integrates and tests every airborne package it sells. Our experience as both builders and operators of remote-sensing systems has resulted in full-featured platforms that have been flown in regions around the globe. Headwall-made and carefully selected components are extensively tested and characterized so that you can trust the data that you’ve captured.

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Nano-Hyperspec VNIR Turnkey Systems

Stay tuned for the upcoming next-generation Nano-Hyperspec! Designed with ideal Size, Weight, and Power consumption (SWaP) for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the Nano-Hyperspec contains aberration-corrected optics, an internal solid-state drive (SSD), Gigabit Ethernet interface, and offers a choice of a variety of lenses. We can deliver an out-of-box solution to you with a choice of GPS/IMU and optional LiDAR.

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Micro-Hyperspec Ext-VNIR Turnkey Systems

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.

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Micro-Hyperspec SWIR 640 Turnkey Systems

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 package with BOTH VNIR and SWIR data capture with closely matched field of views and optional LiDAR.


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Hyperspec Co-Aligned VNIR-SWIR Turnkey Systems

Co-Aligned 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.

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The LiDAR Advantage

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.

LiDAR Systems & Software

GPS/IMU Comparison

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.

GPS Standard vs. High-Performance