Multispectral sensor fusion embedded computing for unmanned aircraft introduced by Headwall

FITCHBURG, Mass., 9 March 2016. Headwall Photonics Inc. in Fitchburg, Mass., is introducing the HyperCore embedded computing unit for unmanned aircraft applications that require multispectral sensor fusion.

Mar 9th, 2016
By Mil & Aero staff
By Mil & Aero staff

FITCHBURG, Mass., 9 March 2016. Headwall Photonics Inc. in Fitchburg, Mass., is introducing the HyperCore embedded computing unit for unmanned aircraft applications that require multispectral sensor fusion.

Using Hyperspec III, Headwall's powerful spectral imaging application software, HyperCore serves as the central connection point for remote-sensing instruments such as multiple hyperspectral sensors, LiDAR, thermal cameras, RGB instruments, GPS/IMU units, and many more.

The small size and weight of combined with its powerful data processing and high capacity storage connections offers a processing platform for fusing hyperspectral sensing data with many other sensor payloads on the aircraft.

Designed for harsh airborne environments and only the size and weight of a Rubik's Cube, HyperCore stores 500 gigabytes of incoming airborne data and features two Gigabit Ethernet connections -- one base CameraLink connection, and a multi-purpose I/O port -- to handle GPS/INS, sensor commands, and similar tasks.

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"The convergence of small UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] and the need for different but complementary instruments such as LiDAR, GPS, thermal, and others led us to develop a single point of fusion for the data streams from each instrument," explains Headwall CEO David Bannon.

The product weighs 1.4 pounds, measures 3.5 by 3 by 3 inches, and draws 12 Watts of power. It is designed to work with Headwall's Hyperspec family of sensors, plus a wide range of instruments from third-party vendors.

For more information contact Headwall Photonics online at www.headwallphotonics.com.

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