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Headwall & Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Awarded Contract for High-Endurance Fixed-Wing Hyperspectral Imaging UAV for Wide Area Precision Agriculture

Headwall & Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Awarded Contract for High-Endurance Fixed-Wing Hyperspectral Imaging UAV for Wide Area Precision Agriculture

Project funded in part by the BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation

Bolton, MA – August 1, 2019 –Headwall, the industry leader in turnkey hyperspectral imaging solutions for remote sensing and precision agriculture, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a leader in UAV technology, announced that a project valued at  approximately $1 million USD for large-scale precision agriculture has been awarded by the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation to develop a high endurance UAV and hyperspectral imaging solution for agricultural customers with thousands of hectares of crops.

Image courtesy Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI); drone over agricultural fieldDevelopment of the Precision Agriculture Decision Support System will utilise a custom-designed and manufactured wide-area hyperspectral imaging payload and a fixed-wing UAV designed for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) missions, as well as analytics that allow accurate assessment of crop and soil conditions as well as crop disease over a wide area with high resolution and positional accuracy.

“Headwall has always strived for commercialisation of advanced spectral imaging technology for the benefit of customers worldwide,” David Bannon, CEO of Headwall commented. “IAI combines rugged and reliable military technology with commercial know-how for this project to assist farmers with decisions based on comprehensive yet rapid reports made possible by our sensor systems. Deployment of high endurance solutions for wide area data acquisition integrated with advanced hyperspectral and multispectral sensors is a game changer for the agriculture industry”.

Projects submitted to the BIRD Foundation are reviewed by evaluators appointed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Israel Innovation Authority.

Dr. Amiram Appelbaum, Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy and Industry, Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority and co-Chairman of BIRD’s Board of Governors said, “The U.S. is one of Israel’s major partners for innovation. We are proud of our long-standing collaboration with the BIRD Foundation that has resulted in such spectacular successes over the decades and numerous groundbreaking technological innovations offered by both Israeli and U.S recipients of the grant. We are confident that this year’s grant recipients in the various fields and the new projects approved will prove vital for the population worldwide.”

About Headwall

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customised for application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium.

About IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a leader in both the defense and commercial markets, delivering state-of-the-art technologies and systems in all domains – providing customers with tailored, cutting-edge solutions in the unique challenges that they face. IAI provides a wide range of solutions and services from special mission aircraft to advanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

About the BIRD Foundation

The BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation works to encourage and facilitate cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in a wide range of technology sectors and offers funding to selected projects.

Hyperspec VNIR – SWIR Co-Aligned

Hyperspec VNIR – SWIR Co-Aligned

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Headwall Hyperspec - Co-Aligned VNIR-SWIR

Headwall’s Co-Aligned Dual VNIR-SWIR sensor package with co-aligned pixels for superb imaging performance from 400-2500nm.

Headwall’s VNIR-SWIR imaging sensor leverages a patented aberration-corrected design that provides very high spectral and spatial resolution with stable measurement accuracy. With diffractive optics specifically designed and manufactured by Headwall, the dual hyperspectral sensors do not exhibit image aberrations such as stray light, optical distortions, or thermal instabilities. Along with aberration-corrected imaging, the Hyperspec VNIR-SWIR sensor package offers a wide field of view and high signal-to-noise (SNR) performance. Pixels from both sensors are co-aligned through software.

Headwall’s Hyperspec® VNIR-SWIR sensor provides image data across the broadband range of 400-2500nm, reducing processing times and yielding superior imaging performance. A CMOS FPA is used for the VNIR sensor while a cooled MCT array is used for the SWIR sensor. Inside the enclosure is a high-accuracy GPS/IMU plus the data storage and processing computer. Headwall’s VNIR-SWIR airborne sensor package measures approximately 10.7” x 8.2” x 6.5” in size (272mm x 208mm x 165mm) and weighs approximately 6.25 lb. (2.83 kg), making it suitable for aircraft and certain UAVs.

Key Benefits

  • Superb imaging performance
  • Wideband coverage
  • Pixel co-alignment through software
  • Small form-factor, lightweight
  • Robust and environmentally rugged
  • Aberration-corrected
  • High spatial and spectral resolution
  • Wide field-of-view

How to Apply the HyperSpec Co-registered

Airborne Remote Sensing / Mine Mapping / Precision Agriculture / Minerals & Mining Exploration / Environmental Monitoring / Petroleum & Pipeline Monitoring

Speak to PAS for expert guidance on hyperspectral imaging options from Headwall Photonics.

VNIR-SWIR Co-Aligned + Internal Data Storage + GPS-IMU

Hyperspectral Imaging in Quality Control for the Global Meat Industry

Let’s take a look at the role of Hyperspectral Imaging in Quality and Integrity for the Global Meat Industry.

One of the international speakers at next week’s ICoMST 2018 (64th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology) is Dr Marlon dos Reis, Senior Scientist – Food and Bio-based Products at AgResearch in New Zealand.

ICoMST is to be held in Melbourne with the theme of Quality and Integrity for Global Consumers. e.g. Test whether lamb meat is really lamb.

We can’t wait to hear Dr dos Reis speak on “Chemometrics and hyperspectral imaging applied to assessment of chemical, textural and structural characteristics of meat”, corresponding to his work to be published in Volume 144 of the Meat Science Journal (October 2018)

A video of Dr dos Reis’ presentation will be available after the congress.

Applications for Chemometrics in Meat Science

In his career, Dr dos Reis has focus ed on the application and development of spectroscopic techniques for the assessment of meat, including techniques based on nuclear magnetic resonance, NIR spectroscopy and Hyperspectral imaging.

Dr Marlon dos Reis, New Zealand - Hyperspectral Imaging Expert

Attracted to AgResearch in New Zealand in 2007, Marlon is excited to apply chemometrics across so many applications and we are excited to learn from him first-hand. In an interview recorded on the AgResearch website, he explained his current projects.

“In Chemometrics we develop and apply statistical and mathematical models to interpret and do better use of data related to chemistry. For example in food assurance we collected spectroscopic data (e.g. near infrared spectra) which brings lots of information about the chemical composition and structure of food.

“This type of data is very easy to collect but needs chemometric models to be useful. So I develop chemometric models for applications such authentication (e.g. test whether lamb meat is really lamb), to predict functional attributes (e.g. bulk density of dairy powder) assess whether the product is still within the expected shelf-life and others.”

A Major Focus for Headwall Photonics and Portable Analytical Solutions (PAS)

Using Hyperspectral Imaging in Food Safety and Pathogen Detection

Headwall’s Infrared Hyperspectral solutions offer a depth of vision far beyond the capabilities of any other technology.

It is a major step forward in the successful detection of foreign matter and pathogens that are unseen visually but impact the safety of the foods we eat. From poultry and seafood to lamb, beef, and specialty crops, spectral imaging delivers a level of material classification that far exceeds typical RGB cameras.

PAS has been the Australia / New Zealand distributor of Headwall spectral imaging including the award-winning Hyperspec® instruments since 2013. We provide sales support, service and training for these application-specific, rugged and versatile analysers.

Contact PAS about these key products

 

Hyperspec Nano

Headwall’s new Nano-Hyperspec® is a completely integrated hyperspectral sensor designed for the VNIR (400-1000nm) spectral range.

A completely integrated lightweight (<0.52kg) VNIR hyperspectral sensor for small UAV applications that includes on-board data-processing/storage and GPS/IMU. Today’s UAVs are exceptionally small and light and they demand payloads to match.

A key advantage of Nano-Hyperspec is that it also includes 480GB of on-board data collection/storage, plus attached GPS/IMU functionality. This allows the payload bay of the UAV to be optimized for other needs such as video or thermal imaging. Weight and space is saved, making for a more efficient airborne solution.

Nano-Hyperspec is perfect for today’s new breed of hand-launched UAVs and drones, representing a mix of fixed-wing and multi-rotor models to meet practically any deployment scenario.

How to Apply the HyperSpec Nano

Agriculture / Viticulture / Vegetation / Coastal

Speak to PAS for expert guidance on hyperspectral imaging options from Headwall Photonics.

Hyperspec NIR

Hyperspec NIR imaging spectrometers cover the 900nm – 1700nm spectral range. They are available in two configurations depending on desired frame rate and interface type.

In addition to these lens-based versions, Hyperspec NIR sensors can be configured as multi-channel, fiber-based spectrometers for multi-point spectral analysis.

Delivering exceptional spatial and spectral resolution, Hyperspec NIR sensors are ideal for low-light, low-signal applications.

  • Compact, rugged design for durability and stability
  • Very wide field of view
  • 320 spatial bands and 166 spectral bands
  • Extremely high signal-to-noise

How to Apply the HyperSpec NIR

Mining and Exploration / Machine Vision / Remote Sensing/ Waste Recycling

Speak to PAS for expert guidance on Hyperspectral Imaging options from Headwall Photonics.

Hyperspec VNIR – SWIR Co-registered

Hyperspec VNIR – SWIR Co-registered

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Headwall’s co-registered VNIR-SWIR imaging sensor provides full hyperspectral coverage from 400nm to 2500nm, with co-registered pixels across the range.

This version of Headwall’s Hyperspec family can be used for airborne and ground-mounted applications where high spatial and spectral resolution are key across a wide field of view.

How to Apply the HyperSpec Co-registered

Remote Sensing / Mining Mapping

Speak to PAS for expert guidance on hyperspectral imaging options from Headwall Photonics.

HyperCore

Headwall’s HyperCore™ Data Processing Unit manages the high-speed computing function for airborne applications in a small and very light package.

HyperCore™ is a small and powerful storage and management system that synthesizes the data streams from hyperspectral sensors plus a range of other instruments commonly used in airborne applications. Combining HyperCore™ with Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec® sensor yields a solution that is the lightest and smallest in the industry. This means more payload budget for other instruments, such as LiDAR, RGB, thermal, and FODIS, which can be all be connected simultaneously to the unit.

How to Apply the HyperCore

Remote Sensing / Mining Mapping / Precision Agriculture

Speak to PAS for expert guidance on hyperspectral imaging options from Headwall Photonics.

Hyperspec Inspector

Hyperspec Inspector

Headwall Photonics -Spectral Imaging

Headwall’s Hyperspec® Inspector™ is a fully integrated hyperspectral inspection instrument providing reliable, repeatable spectral and spatial measurement for in-line or at-line, high volume manufacturing process lines.

The Inpector is designed for operation in harsh manufacturing and processing environments.

  • Available in versions for VIS, VNIR, NIR and SWIR spectral ranges
  • In-line or at-line process inspection
  • Very fast frame rates, up to 236 fps
  • Integrated data processing and storage unit

How to Apply the Headwall Inspector

Advanced Machine Vision / Food Production / Pharmaceuticals / Process Analysis / Waste Management

Speak to PAS for expert guidance on hyperspectral imaging options from Headwall Photonics.

Hyperspec SWIR

Headwall’s Hyperspec SWIR imaging spectrometer provides unparalleled spectral and spatial performance in the short wave infrared spectral region of 950 to 2500 nm. The sensor provides a complete spectrum of image data for every pixel within the field of view.

Hyperspec SWIR is available in two configurations: as a lens-based imager or as a multi-channel/multi-point spectrometer.

Each model provides different capabilities to support application requirements such as frame rates, dynamic range, region of interest binning, price, and more.

  • The industry’s smallest SWIR hyperspectral sensor
  • Standard model has 267 spectral channels and 384 spatial channels
  • Standard maximum frame rate is 450Hz
  • Stirling-cooled MCT detector

How to Apply the HyperSpec SWIR

Mining and Exploration / Process Manufacturing  / Remote Sensing

Speak to PAS for expert guidance on hyperspectral imaging options from Headwall Photonics.

Hyperspec VNIR

Hyperspec VNIR imaging sensors encompass a broad range of models with capabilities and price points to suit any application.

Designed for use in the 380nm – 1000nm spectral range, they are available as lens-based imagers or as multi-channel, multi-point fiber instruments.

With different options for imaging performance, frame rates, and data management, users can select among three sensor models within the Hyperspec VNIR family: the N-Series, the A-series and the E-series.

  • Expansive capabilities for superior spectral sensing
  • Variation in spatial bands and spectral bands between N, A and E series
  • CameraLink connectivity to suit application
  • Non-contact analysis

How to Apply the HyperSpec VNIR

Medical / Process Monitoring and Control / Over-Conveyor Inspection

Speak to PAS for expert guidance on Hyperspectral Imaging options from Headwall Photonics.

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