The recent developments within the ESA funded HRIS (high resolution imaging spectrometer) technology program -- aiming at an airborne demonstrator model -- yielded rather successful subsystem developments. HRIS is designed as a true pushbroom hyperspectral imager with comparatively high spatial and spectral resolution, covering the spectral range from 450 to 2350 nm. The main breadboard units, with a space-near design, are essentially: a TMA (three mirro anastigmat, Carl Zeiss) front optics, a dual path spectrometer optics (Officine Galileo) with a novel in-field spectral separation unit, a 2-D SWIR CMT detector array with a dedicated CMOS readout multiplexer (GEC Marconi IR, MATRA MSF for testing), the signal processing electronics (DSS), some calibration elements (DLR + DSS), and the extensive testing of all units. The paper presents the essential results per unit, with possible exception of the front optics (which may not be completed at the conference paper presentation yet), including derived further development efforts. Also, the remaining steps towards an airborne test mission are outlined, together with a brief description of the envisaged high-altitude aircraft. We hope that this paper may also stir some potential users of later airborne HRIS test missions over dedicated target areas. Positive responses would support ESA to pursue the program. The technology units development under the HRIS contract have turned out useful for follow-on instrument developments such as the ESA Explorer mission candidate PRISM (processes research by an imaging space mission). This leads to the conclusion that the achieved development results are a sound basis for future airborne and spaceborne hyperspectral imager developments in Europe. A brief survey of the current PRISM baseline concept is added to the paper.