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Headwall Delivers Hyperspec Sensor to ACT
Jul 2012
FITCHBURG, Mass., July 9, 2012 — As a result of tactical hyperspectral sensor trials with small military unmanned aerial vehicles, Headwall Photonics has received a follow-on contract from NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command) for program deployment of its Micro-Hyperspec sensor. The company will deliver its sensors to program integrator Advanced Coherent Technologies LLC (ACT) of San Diego.

Headwall’s small hyperspectral sensor operates in the near-infrared spectral range of 900 to 1700 nm and will be used to detect specific target materials from a small gimbal mounted on a TigerShark unmanned aircraft system.

The NAVAIR program brings together spectral imaging technology from Headwall and ACT so that mission-critical decisions can be made accurately and rapidly.

“The aberration-corrected, concentric design used by Headwall gives us very low distortion and a very high signal-to-noise ratio,” said Jon Schoonmaker, head of contracting and sales for ACT. “Headwall optimized the package for size, weight and power because the 7-inch gimbal will also contain other electronics and sensors as part of the payload.”

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hyperspectral imaging
Methods for identifying and mapping materials through spectroscopic remote sensing. Also called imaging spectroscopy; ultraspectral imaging.
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...
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