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12 June 1995 Image multispectral sensing: a new and innovative instrument for hyperspectral imaging using dispersive techniques
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IMSS utilizes a very simple optical design that enables a robust and low cost hyperspectral imaging instrument. This technology was developed under a phase II SBIR with the Air Force Philips Lab. (Dr. Paul LeVan), for the midwave IR to perform clutter rejection and target identification based upon IR spectral signatures. The prototype instrument has been field tested on numerous occasions and successfully measured background, aircraft, and misile plume spectra. PAT currently has several contracts to commercialize this technology both for the DoD and the commercial market. Under contract to the BMDO, (Paul McCarley), with matching funds from Amber Engineering, we are developing an F/2.3 system that will be sold by Amber Engineering as an accessory to the Radiance 1 camera. PAT is also under contract with ONR (Mr. Jim Buss), to develop a longwave IR version of IMSS as well as an MWIR version tuned to operate as a 'little sister sensor for target identification' for the Navy's IRST's. The purpose of this paper is to briefly describe the hyperspectral image data that was collected in the field at Long Jump '94, and Santa Ynez Peak using IMSS prototype hyperspectral imager. Examples of spectral images, as well as spectra of different aircraft at various ranges, power settings, and aspect angles, an Atlas liquid hydrocarbon burning missile, and a solid beester. All data presented in this paper are a result of a single spectral scan. The limitation in digital storage of the prototype system do not allow multiple scans in order to improve signal to noise. In spite of this limitation, the performance of the prototype system has proven to be excellent.
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Michele Hinnrichs and Mark A. Massie "Image multispectral sensing: a new and innovative instrument for hyperspectral imaging using dispersive techniques", Proc. SPIE 2480, Imaging Spectrometry, (12 June 1995);

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