Hyperspectral imager detects chemicals from altitude

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A new hyperspectral imaging (HSI) system aimed at medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned air vehicles (UAV) and other reconnaissance aircraft for chemical detection has been successfully flight tested.

The HSI combines Telops’ long wavelength infrared (IR) hyperspectral imaging and high resolution electro optics and IR sensors with Hamilton, Ontario based-PV Labs’ look down gimbal. The HSI payload system is designed for MALE UAVs and the Beechcraft King Air 350, which is used by the US armed forces for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The flight testing was carried out at the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) proving grounds in Valcartier, Quebec. The tests involved evaluating HSI for the rapid conversion of image data for intelligence decision support.

President and chief executive officer of PV Labs’ Ty Stattuck said: ‘PV Labs’ HSI system is an extremely valuable addition to the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tool kit, providing protection of civil and military interests against chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals releases.’