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Novel compact airborne platform for remote sensing applications using the Hyper-Cam infrared hyperspectral imager
Author(s): Caroline S. Turcotte; Eldon Puckrin; Françoys Aube; Vincent Farley; Simon Savary; Martin Chamberland
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Paper Abstract

High resolution broad-band imagery in the 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, which leads to an additional means of detecting and identifying 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, which yields high spectral resolution and enables a 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 integrated and flown on a novel airborne gyro-stabilized platform inside a fixed-wing aircraft. The new platform, more compact and more advanced than its predecessor, is described in this paper. The first results of target detection and identification are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8713, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications X, 87130E (31 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016275
Show Author Affiliations
Caroline S. Turcotte, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Eldon Puckrin, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Françoys Aube, Telops, Inc. (Canada)
Vincent Farley, Telops, Inc. (Canada)
Simon Savary, Telops, Inc. (Canada)
Martin Chamberland, Telops, Inc. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8713:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications X
Daniel J. Henry; Davis A. Lange; Dale Linne von Berg; S. Danny Rajan; Thomas J. Walls; Darrell L. Young, Editor(s)

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