Headwall Hyperspectral SWIR Sensors Selected for U.S. Navy UAVs

By Caroline Rees / 01 May 2012
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SWIR Sensor by Hyperspec

Hyperspec SWIR (Short-wave, Infrared) Sensor

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).

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. 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 airborneprogram,” 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.”

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