Hyperspectral Sensors

Capture spectral information to identify minerals, vegetation and other materials

Hyperspectral sensors collect hundreds of narrow bands of data along the electromagnetic spectrum. The sensors produce narrow bandwidths (5-10 nm) and secure roughly 100 to 200 spectral bands of data per image pixel. The data is collected as a three-dimensional hyper-cube with x, y and λ values.

Each pixel gets its own spectral profile containing location data, followed by hundreds of digital numbers that align with the corresponding spectral bands.

These sensors can detect and identify minerals, vegetation and other materials that are not identifiable by other sensors. They are used in plant nutrient status, plant disease identification, water quality assessment, foliar chemistry, mineral and surface chemical composition and spectral index research.

Hyperspectral sensors have two methods for scanning: Push Broom and Whisk Broom.

Push Broom scanning, which is ideal for drone use, captures full spectral data simultaneously as the drone moves forward using a line of sensors that runs perpendicular to the drone's flight direction. With this method, the scanner is able to look at a particular area for a longer period of time enabling more light to be gathered.

Manned aerial and satellites use both Whisk Broom and Push Broom scanning. In the Whisk Broom method, a mirror scans the platform's path and light is reflected into a single detector, which collects data one pixel at a time. This method enables wide swaths of ground to be scanned and produces some pixel distortion.

Available Hyperspectral Sensors

Corning® microHSI™ 410 SHARK

Integrated, coherent airborne hyperspectral imaging

Corning microHSI 410 SHARK
  • Spatial Resolution: 1364 pixels (1x spatial bin)
  • Focal Length: 16 mm, f/1.4
  • Max. Frame Rate: > 300 Hz (profile dependent)
  • Spectral Range: 400 nm – 1000 nm
  • Spectral Bin Size: 2 nm
  • Typical Readout: 8.0 nm (4x spectral pixel bin)
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs (standard lens, data storage, INS)

Headwall® VNIR E-Series

Integrated, coherent airborne hyperspectral imaging featuring 923 narrow, adjacent bands

Headwall VNIR E-Series
  • Focal Plane Array: Scientific CMOS
  • Pixel Pitch: 6.5 microns
  • Spectral Range: 400 nm – 1000 nm
  • Spectral Bands: 369
  • Spatial Bands: 1600
  • Max. Frame Rate: 250 Hz
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs/ 1.4kg (weight without lens)

Hyperspectral Sensor Comparison

Corning® microHSI™ 410 SHARK Headwall® VNIR E-Series
Spectral Range 400-1000 nm 400-1000 nm
Max. Frame Rate > 300 Hz (profile dependent) 250 Hz
Weight 1.5 lbs (standard lens, data storage, INS) 3.1 lbs (weight without lens)

Hyperspectral Sensors Provide Your Industry with Actionable Intelligence

Smarter Energy

Detect and classify encroachments in right-of-ways to reduce risk and accelerate inspections.

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Smarter Insurance

Assess claims associated with roof collapses and structural impact following winter storms by examining ice and snow cover fraction, grain size and melting.

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Smarter Government

Assess and monitor air at biomass burning sites to ensure citizen health is not impacted.

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Smarter Construction

Detect changes in air, ground and water composition during environmental monitoring of jobs sites and surrounding properties.

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Smarter Agriculture

Protect against yield loss through the early detection and identification of diseases.

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