19 November 2012 Airborne infrared hyperspectral imager for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications
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Persistent surveillance and collection of airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information is critical in today’s warfare against terrorism. High resolution imagery in visible and infrared bands provides valuable detection capabilities based on target shapes and temperatures. However, the spectral resolution provided by a hyperspectral imager adds a spectral dimension to the measurements, leading to additional tools for detection and identification of targets, based on their spectral signature. The Telops Hyper-Cam sensor is an interferometer-based imaging system that enables the spatial and spectral analysis of targets using a single sensor. It is based on the Fourier-transform technology yielding high spectral resolution and enabling high accuracy radiometric calibration. It provides datacubes of up to 320×256 pixels at spectral resolutions as fine as 0.25 cm-1. The LWIR version covers the 8.0 to 11.8 μm spectral range. The Hyper-Cam has been recently used for the first time in two compact airborne platforms: a bellymounted gyro-stabilized platform and a gyro-stabilized gimbal ball. Both platforms are described in this paper, and successful results of high-altitude detection and identification of targets, including industrial plumes, and chemical spills are presented.
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Philippe Lagueux, Philippe Lagueux, Eldon Puckrin, Eldon Puckrin, Caroline S. Turcotte, Caroline S. Turcotte, Marc-André Gagnon, Marc-André Gagnon, John Bastedo, John Bastedo, Vincent Farley, Vincent Farley, Martin Chamberland, Martin Chamberland, "Airborne infrared hyperspectral imager for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications", Proc. SPIE 8542, Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications VI, 854226 (19 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.974520; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.974520

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