Resonon, a leader in hyperspectral imaging, has just launched two new NIR hyperspectral scanners (925-1700nm): Pika IR-L and Pika IR-L+.
— Casey Smith
BOZMAN, MT, UNITED STATES, September 9, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Resonon, leader in hyperspectral imaging, has just released two new NIR hyperspectral scanners (925-1700 nm): Pika IR-L and Pika IR-L+. The new thermal imagers are smaller, nearly three times lighter and have improved spectral resolution compared to current generation NIR sensors.
“The compact and lightweight format of the Pika IR-L and IR-L+ thermal imagers makes them exceptionally suited for remote drone imaging, providing longer flight times and enabling near-IR hyperspectral imaging for smaller UAV platforms such as the DJI M300. Reducing size and weight while increasing spectral resolution has been a huge achievement for our engineering team,” says Casey Smith, Resonon CTO.
The false color image on the left was created from data acquired with the new Pika IR-L. hyperspectral imager and superimposed on satellite imagery of an area in Hyalite Canyon, south of Bozeman, Montana. The image is artificially colored using Principal Component Analysis, which provides a clear contrast between different land cover components by using their different spectral characteristics, as shown in the graph on the right.
Hyperspectral thermal imagers provide information about the composition and chemical state of displayed objects, parts of objects or entire landscapes. The NIR spectral range of the new Pika IR-L thermal imagers is particularly suitable for delineating land and water boundaries, imaging through low clouds and smoke, classifying various minerals and vegetation, and contrasting dry and wet soils. Noteworthy applications include surveying, scientific research, precision agriculture, and many commercial applications.
While there are many applications for the NIR range, the reverse reality is that customers typically turn to Resonon with specific needs that ultimately dictate the ideal spectral range and subsequent choice of imager. Pika IR-L and IR-L+ (925-1700nm) complement Pika L (400-1000nm) by providing customers with a suite of compact and lightweight hyperspectral imaging devices that cover a particularly wide range of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Airborne systems can be purchased as a complete kit, including data acquisition unit, GPS/IMU unit, geotransformation software, post-processing and analysis software, UAV or manned aircraft system mount, radiometric calibration, calibration target and a rugged travel case. Resonon also offers highly accurate geolocation RTK systems, VNIR downstream sensors and training services.
Resonon COO Mike Stebbins notes that the on-board system is compatible with the DJI M300 drone, which is “arguably the most popular professional drone.” Mounting washers specially designed for the M300 dual mount system are available from Resonon.
Resonon is a world leader in the design and manufacture of hyperspectral imaging systems. Resonon, founded in 2002, is located in Bozeman, Montana, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Resonon is a vertically integrated optical design, manufacturing and software development company. The company sells hyperspectral systems to research and industry around the world and regularly collaborates with NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Institutes of Health. (NIH), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the United States Department of Energy (DOE). Its hyperspectral imaging devices are rugged, reliable, economical, and provide superior imaging and spectroscopic performance.
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