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Headwall Awaits DoD Funding

Photonics.com
Aug 2009
FITCHBURG, Mass., Aug. 28, 2009 -- Spectral imaging instruments maker Headwall Photonics of Fitchburg will receive $2.5 million to make sensors for unmanned aerial vehicles if the proposed fiscal 2010 Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act is approved by Congress and becomes law.

While the funding bill was approved by the US House of Representatives July 30, the Senate still must approve its own appropriations bill, then the two pieces of legislation need to be reconciled before the joint bill goes to the president's desk for signing into law. Massachusetts Congressman John W. Olver is on the House Appropriations Committee and worked to secure the funding.

Headwall was formed in 2003, the result of a management buyout from Agilent Technologies. The company's spectral imaging instruments are used by the DoD and by civilian research agencies for remote sensing, and commercial applications in process control. Headwall's Hyperspec imaging sensors capture all of the chemical (spectral) information within the field of view of the sensor.

Under the funding bill, Headwall will manufacture a new class of miniature, high-performance chemical imaging sensors for use on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and small unmanned ground vehicles. The military will use the technology to help monitor regions of interest, support border patrol initiatives, assess chemical and biological threats, as well as assist search-and-rescue operations.

For more information, visit: www.headwallphotonics.com



GLOSSARY
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
process control
The collection and analysis of data relevant to monitoring the rate and quality of industrial production, either continuously or in batches. Corrections can be made manually or automatically, via a feedback control loop.
remote sensing
Technique that utilizes electromagnetic energy to detect and quantify information about an object that is not in contact with the sensing apparatus.
spectral
Pertaining to or as a function of wavelength. Spectral quantities are evaluated at a single wavelength.
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