Headwall Photonics Hyperspec selected by US Navy

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Hyperspectral imaging sensor maker Headwall Photonics has announced that its Hyperspec short wave infrared (SWIR) sensors have been selected for airborne applications by the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

The Hyperspec SWIR sensor passed hyperspectral performance tests the NRL team chose to ensure the sensor would meet their technical needs. Specific tests were devised for spectral resolution, spatial resolution and MTF performance.

David Bannon, Headwall Photonics chief executive officer, said: ‘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.’

The Hyperspec sensing technology can identify an object by its chemical fingerprint or spectral signature, rather than relying solely on visual appearance. Based on a patented sensor design Hyperspec’s sensors are designed for high spectral and spatial imaging in very harsh operating environments, such as those required for airborne missions. Hyperspec has been optimised for high signal-to-noise performance and its weight, specifically for airborne deployment.