A few of the 410 SHARK’s innovative features include:
- First complete, coherent HSI sensor system designed specifically for small UAS/UAV drones
- System includes:
– visNIR microHSI™ 410 sensor
– GPS/Inertial navigation system (INS)
– Microprocessor control
– Data acquisition and storage
- Dimensions: 136.4 x 87.4 x 70.4mm (with lens) / 95.8 x 87.4 x 70.4mm (without lens)
• Weight: 730 grams
- Web interface for system management and control
- Flight planning and execution software enables preprogramming of image collection plan
- Automated waypoint operation, frame rate, binning, selectable image recording options
- Operating and maintenance documentation
- API interface (upon request)
- Designed for minimum 30 minute operating/recording time.
- Consistent with performance of most small UAS
- Hot-swap battery optional; larger battery available
- For more effective data management, the user can choose to collect the entire 155 band hyperspectral image cube, or only the spectral bands needed for a specific mission or application.
- Digital Elevation Maps (DEM) can be loaded into the system pre-flight for the area to be imaged to improve image georegistration during post-processing.
The 410 SHARK is the lowest cost integrated airborne hyperspectral imaging system on the market today.
Hyperspectral vs. Multispectral Imaging Technology
- Hyperspectral imagers cover many dozens to hundreds of spectral bands contiguously
- Multispectral imagers cover a selected set of bands non-contiguously
- Spectral information critical for characterization, research and development of specific applications may be missing.
- Number of spectral bands is insufficient to address multitude of developed and proven applications and indices.
Why Hyperspectral Over Multispectral for Precision Agriculture?
- Agricultural market demand for hyperspectral sensor systems is growing to address a growing catalog of vegetation indices used for vegetation/crop analysis and diagnostics.
- There are currently over proven 65 vegetation indices, and growing
- New crop specific, application specific indices are being developed and introduced each year.
- Multispectral sensor systems can utilize only a small subset of indices, and cannot take advantage of new indices as they are introduced.
- Hyperspectral sensors enable the research and development of new vegetation indices – multispectral sensors do not.
Corning MicroHSI 410 Shark – Use Cases
Crop Growth and Health Assessment/Management
- Enables the evaluation of vegetation stress, often before it is visible to the human eye or with other sensors.
- Enables the visualization of change in crop growth and health, and yield prediction throughout the growing season.
- Data products: NDVI reNDVI, Senesis and dozens of other indices
Olive Orchard – Zamora, CA
In less than 48 hours…
- The microHSI™ 410 SHARK and miniature UAS were integrated, tested and flown, and high quality geo-referenced data sets were produced.
- Entire system weighed less than 3.7kg including payload and battery
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NASA ROSES Program
- Corning visNIR microHSI Sensor/System was flown over shallow reef, sea grass in Florida Keys for climate change assessment study
- Platform: rotary wing UAV
- Data extracted immediately after flight for processing
- System operated without interruptions during 2 week campaign
- NASA Group Achievement Award – 2014