Newton, MA--The US Air Force Research Lab (ARL) has awarded Bodkin Design & Engineering a $150,000 contract to develop a high-spatial-resolution hyperspectral sensor operating in the longwave-infrared (LWIR) spectral band. A prototype of the imaging spectroscopy system will be demonstrated as part of ARL’s efforts to improve target acquisition and threat assessment to protect civilian and military assets.
Hyperspectral imaging combines the spatial image with spectral analysis to build up a three-dimensional data-cube (two dimensions of the data-cube are spatial and the third dimension is wavelength). There are several methods currently available for acquiring hyperspectral images, but they are limited in their ability to satisfy the military’s need for speed, accuracy, and data rate.
Bodkin says the hyperspectral imaging device will capture spectral and spatial information with unprecedented data-cube size and speed, which will improve standoff target detection, materials identification, and the quantification of atmospheric constituents and effluents. Key applications include missile defense, chemical defense, autonomous material identification, and homeland security.
The 9-month-long project is funded under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Bodkin Design & Engineering provides concept development, and design and build services to the OEM, commercial, military, and research communities.