TerraLuma Project Selects Headwall's Micro Hyperspec for Airborne Remote Sensing Applications
University of Tasmania Researchers Utilize Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
to Improve the Science of Earth Observation
January 10, 2013
Fitchburg, Massachusetts USA, January 10, 2013 - The
(University of Tasmania, Australia) is
partnering with Headwall Photonics to bring hyperspectral technology to its fleet of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Because the
richness of imagery data collected via hyperspectral sensing far exceeds that of other methods, TerraLuma is putting Headwall's
aboard its innovative, multi-rotor SkyJib airframe from
(Waikato, New Zealand).
Micro Hyperspec is Headwall's small, light, and power-efficient hyperspectral sensor,
designed for hand-launched, low-altutude airborne applications.
Headwall's Micro-Hyperspec is a high performance, compact sensor that meets the payload restrictions of these small airborne systems
while providing the spatial and spectral resolution needed to 'map' the environment in better detail than ever. Size, weight, and
power-draw (SWaP) are key considerations for any airborne application, which is why Micro-Hyperspec appealed to the TerraLuma team.
"Environmental remote sensing and aerial surveying represent the kind of groundbreaking work we're known for," said
Dr. Arko Lucieer, Team Leader for the TerraLuma Research Group. "Our move to hyperspectral fits with our goal to provide the
research community with clear, actionable data that can be captured, managed and delivered faster than ever."
David Bannon, CEO of Headwall, remarked on the work of Dr. Lucieer and the TerraLuma team is doing: "Remote sensing utilizing
hyperspectral instruments aboard hand-launched platforms represents a high-growth area of research. We're very proud to be working
with Dr. Lucieer and play a key role as TerraLuma undertakes aerial mapping with our sensors."
is a purpose-built aerial platform, which the TerraLuma team has adapted to carry scientific instruments such as
Micro-Hyperspec. Precision agriculture, mapping and monitoring vegetation in remote locations, represent some areas of
research made possible through the use of hyperspectral sensing from a UAS.
Headwall, based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral instruments for
industrial, commercial, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and government markets. Other application areas include medical
and biotechnology, forensics, chemicals, and color measurement, and in-line process inspection. Headwall enjoys a market leadership
position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance,
for end users and OEMs.
The TerraLuma research project at the University of Tasmania aims to develop novel tools and algorithms for environmental
remote sensing applications and aerial surveys using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Up-to-date and accurate spatial data
are of crucial importance for sustainable management of our ecosystems. UAS offer an exciting and novel opportunity to map
the environment in greater detail than ever before. We are a university team of a senior academic, a postdoc, six PhD students,
and two technical officers and we specialize in UAS sensor integration and image processing for earth observation applications.
Web site: http://www.terraluma.net/
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