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Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Underwater Laser Scanner Maps Sea Beds, Finds Shipwrecks

A laser scanner mounted to ships and submarine vehicles is providing high-resolution images of underwater features, including shipwrecks. The ULS-500 PRO scanner from 2G Robotics uses a high-sensitivity, low-noise sensor to reach ranges previously unattainable with laser scanning, resolving fine-scale dimensional features from distances as far as 20 meters. The system was used offshore during

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

First Space-Based LiDAR Ready for Launch

The pioneering Aladin sensor, a spaceborne LiDAR instrument with two powerful lasers, a large telescope and very sensitive receivers, is ready to join its Aeolus satellite for launch in 2017. Designed by Airbus Defence and Space, Aladin’s laser generates ultraviolet light beamed toward Earth, which bounces off air molecules and small particles such as dust,

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Next-Generation CO2 Detector Nearing Operation

NASA scientists and engineers are field testing the CO2 Sounder LiDAR, an instrument powerful and accurate enough to gather around-the-clock global atmospheric carbon-dioxide (CO2) measurements from space. The instrument is a strong contender for a potential next-generation carbon-monitoring mission, the Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days and Seasons (ASCENDS). The LiDAR operates by

Friday, May 27th, 2016

NUS Engineering Team Designs Novel Multi-Field Invisible Sensor

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has invented a novel camouflage technique that effectively hides thermal and electronic sensors without compromising performance. Led by Assistant Professor Qiu Cheng-Wei from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering, the team created the world’s first multifunctional camouflage shell

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Sentinel-3A Continues to Impress

The three instruments on the Sentinel-3A satellite are now offering a tantalising glimpse of what’s in store for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring effort. The latest images, which feature Europe and Antarctica, come from the sensor that records Earth’s radiant energy. Launched just three weeks ago, Sentinel-3A carries a suite of cutting-edge instruments to provide systematic

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Breaking Through the Price Barrier for LiDAR Sensors, Velodyne Introduces 3D Real-Time ‘LiDAR Puck’ at $7,999

In a bid to dramatically expand the use of 3D LiDAR sensors in robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles and automation applications, Velodyne’s LiDAR Division today unveiled the Velodyne LiDAR Puck, dubbed the VLP-16.  The new 16-channel real-time LiDAR sensor is both substantially smaller and – with an introductory price of $7,999 — significantly less expensive than

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Headwall Photonics Chooses ReSe Software for Hyperspectral Imaging Sensors

Airborne reconnaissance sensor designers at hyperspectral sensor imaging specialist Headwall Photonics in Fitchburg, Mass., needed commercially available remote-sensing software to offer users a complete airborne hyperspectral imaging sensor system. They found their solution from ReSe Applications Schläpfer in Wil, Switzerland. Headwall designers are combining their company’s Hyperspec airborne hyperspectral electro-optics sensors with PARGE remote-sensing software

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

High Performance Hyperspectral Imaging Sensor Garners Industry Praise for Sensor Innovation

Headwall Photonics’ Hyperspec Point & Stare sensor was named as a finalist for the 2010 Prism Award in the Defense & Security category. The Hyperspec Point & Stare sensor is a fully integrated imaging sensor that is used for unattended, ground-based surveillance applications such as forward operating base security and border patrol. The sensor identifies