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Headwall Photonics Nano HP

Compact VNIR Hyperspectral Imaging System Used For Remote Sensing

The Nano HP is the next generation of the Nano-Hyperspec, which made a significant impact within the remote sensing community, emerging as the leading system of its kind.

The Nano HP is available for purchase as a payload integration onto compatible UAVs. Additionally, it can also be integrated as part of some turnkey systems that include the drone. For example the DJI Matrice 300 RTK, DJI Matrice 600 Pro, as well as the FreeFly Alta X (which is made in the USA and supports NDAA-compliance).

Optional sensors and accessories like Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and thermal imagers can also be incorporated into payloads suitable for your unique needs.


Improved performance & Design

The Headwall Nano HP comes with a high-performance GPS/IMU, allowing LiDAR to be added as an integral module. As a result, a Nano HP with LiDAR is lighter and smaller than the original Nano-Hyperspec.

Depending on your payload specifications, you can opt for either fixed- or gimbal-mount configurations. The user-friendly HSInsight interface, accessible via any browser, streamlines the setup process for your Nano HP.

Key Features Of Headwall Nano HP

  • Ideal for applications in environmental monitoring, mining, and precision agriculture
  • Pre-integrated and tested in the factory
  • Leading in Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) efficiency
  • Covers the VNIR wavelength range from 400 to 1,000 nm
  • Equipped with built-in GPS-IMU and solid-state storage
  • Optional LiDAR for generating high-resolution Digital
  • Elevation Models (DEMs) and 3D point clouds
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The Headwall Nano NP has no Competitors When It Comes To These Features:

Turnkey Systems, Everything You Need ✔️
Light Weight, Low Power Consumption ✔️
Compact, Solid-State Data-Acquisition System ✔️
CE-Certified VNIR Sensor ✔️
Available LiDAR and Data-Fusion Options ✔️
Factory-Made Holographic Gratings ✔️
All-Reflective, Aberration-Corrected Design ✔️
Portable & Robust ✔️

Applications For The Headwall Photonic Nano HP

Agriculture / Viticulture / Vegetation / 

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Technical Specifications

Wavelength Range 400 – 1,000 nm
Spectral Bands 340
Spatial Pixels 1020
Camera Technology CMOS
Pixel Pitch 5.86 μm
Aperture f/2.5
Dispersion/Pixel 1.76 nm
Entrance Slit Width 20 μm
Spectral FWHM 8 nm
Frame Rate (Sustained) 250 Hz
ADC Bit Depth 12 bits
Spectrograph Design Aberration-Corrected
Digital Interface GigE
GPS/IMU Internally Mounted High-Performance with PPK
Data Storage on Payload 480 GB Solid-State
Weight (without / with LiDAR) 1.05 kg (2.32 lbs) / 1.73 kg (3.81 lbs)
Base Dimensions (without / with LiDAR) 132 x 102 x 73 mm (5.2 x 4.0 x 2.9 in) / 132 x 175 x 99 mm (5.2 x 6.9 x 3.9 in)
Power without LiDAR (typical) 14.4 W
Operational Temp Range 0 – 40 °C / 32 – 104 °F
Storage Temp Range -20 – 60 °C / -4 – 140 °F

Headwall Photonics Micro-Hyperspec SWIR 640

Micro-Hyperspec SWIR 640

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Small, Light-Weight & low powered sWIR Hyperspectral Sensor

Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec SWIR 640 is a hyperspectral sensor designed for remote sensing. It incorporates 640 spatial pixels and 267 spectral bands within a Stirling-cooled MCT-based imaging system.

The Micro-Hyperspec SWIR 640 seamlessly integrates as a drone payload system, can be purchased as a turnkey system inclusive of the drone, or can be bundled with the perClass Mira Stage. Additionally, it is available in high-volume OEM configurations, allowing for integration into your own instrumentation.

Key Features Of The Headwall Micro-Hyperspec SWIR 640

  • Ideal for a variety of applications
  • Factory integrated and tested for seamless performance.
  • Operates across the 900 to 2,500 nm range (SWIR wavelength range)
  • Equipped with a built-in high-performance GPS-IMU and solid-state storage, making it suitable for airborne use.
  • Compatibility with DJI and NDAA-compliant UAVs, rotary stages for ground truth scanning, and the perClass Mira Scanning Stage.
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Applications For The Headwall Micro-Hyperspec SWIR-640

Geology / Mining and Exploration / Environmental Monitoring / Infrastructure Inspection /  Sorting For Recycling / Art & Antiquities Analysis

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Headwall Photonics Co-Aligned

Compact VNIR-SWIR Hyperspectral Imaging System Tailored For Remote Sensing 

Headwall’s first Hyperspec Co-Aligned VNIR-SWIR sensor quickly became the top-selling system in its category. The next-generation Co-Aligned HP™ VNIR-SWIR offers improved VNIR spatial resolution and more spectral bands, all in a small, lightweight, and power-efficient design.

You can buy the Co-Aligned HP as a payload for compatible UAVs or as part of complete systems with the drone, like the DJI Matrice 600 Pro or the USA-made Freefly Alta X, which complies with NDAA regulations.

Key Features Of Headwall Co-Aligned

  • Optimal SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power) performance
  • Ideal for applications in mining, infrastructure, and environmental monitoring
  • Factory-integrated and flight-proven
  • Covers VNIR (400 to 1,000 nm) and SWIR (900 to 2,500 nm) wavelength ranges
  • Equipped with built-in GPS-IMU and solid-state storage
  • Option to include integrated LiDAR for generating high-resolution DEM (Digital Elevation Model) and 3D point clouds
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The Headwall Co-Aligned has no Competitors When It Comes To These Features:

Turnkey Systems, Everything You Need ✔️
Industry-Leading SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power) ✔️
Compact, Solid-State Hyperspectral Data-Acquisition ✔️
Available LiDAR and LiDAR-Hyperspectral Data-Fusion ✔️
All-Reflective, Aberration-Corrected Optical Spectrometer Design ✔️
Factory-Made Holographic Gratings ✔️

Applications for the Headwall Co-Aligned

Airborne Remote Sensing / Mine Mapping / Precision Agriculture / Mining and Exploration / Environmental Monitoring / Petroleum & Pipeline Monitoring 

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Technical Specifications

SPECTRAL RANGE VNIR, 400-1000nm SWIR, 900-2500nm
Spectral Bands 340 267
Spatial Pixels 1020 640
Camera Technology CMOS MCT
Pixel Pitch 5.86 μm 15 μm
Aperture f/2.5
Slit Length 6 mm 10.4 mm
Dispersion/Pixel 1.76 nm 6 nm
Entrance Slit Width 20 μm 15 μm
Spectral FWHM 8 nm 8 nm
Frame Rate (Sustained) 250 Hz 200 Hz
ADC Bit Depth 12-bits 16-bits
Cooling No Stirling-Cooled
Spectrograph Design Co-Aligned & Aberration-Corrected
Digital Interface GigE GigE
GPS/IMU Applanix APX-15
Data Storage on Payload 480 GB Solid-State for Each Sensor
Weight (sensor only) 4.0 kg / 8.8 lbs
Dimensions (sensor only) 272 x 211 x 165 mm
Power req (typical / max) 14.4 W / 36 W 37 W / 40 W
Operational Temp Range 0 – 40 °C
Storage Temp Range -20 – 60 °C
Compatible UAVs DJI Matrice 600 Pro, Freefly Alta X

Hyperspec MV.X

Hyperspec MV.X

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Hyperspec MV.X Visualize Value at the Speed of Light

The Future of Food using Industry-leading Hyperspec® MV.X platform paired with real-time onboard classification on processing/production lines.

From specialty crops to seafood and poultry, the global food industry adopts advanced tools to ensure the quality and safety of food supplies. Headwall’s award-winning MV.X technology platform overcomes these obstacles by combining a high-performance spectrometer with powerful embedded computing to extract actionable results in real-time. Machine learning and artificial intelligence-powered perClass® MIRA software performs runtime processing and makes model development very intuitive. The web user interface of the MV.X allows for remote control and maintenance of the system.

Concentric Imaging 

Headwall’s HYPERSPEC® family of hyperspectral sensors and imaging systems are small, light, and rugged. The simple but elegant all-concentric design uses precisely-engineered master-quality holographic diffraction gratings and mirrors to deliver high signal-to-noise, high spectral and spatial resolution, and a wide, aberration-corrected field of view.


HYPERSPEC® sensors are  line-scanning  hyperspectral cameras (sometimes called  pushbroom) that collect reflected light through an image slit. One row of spatial pixels is collected per frame as motion occurs, with each pixel containing full spectral data.
A hyperspectral data cube thus contains complete X, Y, and wavelength data that can be analyzed and managed through Headwall’s powerful applications software.

Key Benefits

  • Hyperspectral Imaging System: not just a camera
  • Built for challenging VNIR (400-1000nm) machine-vision applications on the processing line
  • Fast onboard, embedded processing for real-time classification
  • GenICam-compliant GigE interface with an IP67-rated housing
  • Flexible yet robust and straightforward workflo

How to Apply the HyperSpec MV-X

Foreign object detection / Contamination detection / Sorting and grading / Process analytics / Safety and Pathogen detection 

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Hyperspec VNIR – SWIR Co-Aligned

Hyperspec VNIR – SWIR Co-Aligned

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Headwall Hyperspec - Co-Aligned VNIR-SWIR

Headwall’s Co-Aligned Dual VNIR-SWIR sensor package with co-aligned pixels for superb imaging performance from 400-2500nm.

Headwall’s VNIR-SWIR imaging sensor leverages a patented aberration-corrected design that provides very high spectral and spatial resolution with stable measurement accuracy. With diffractive optics specifically designed and manufactured by Headwall, the dual hyperspectral sensors do not exhibit image aberrations such as stray light, optical distortions, or thermal instabilities. Along with aberration-corrected imaging, the Hyperspec VNIR-SWIR sensor package offers a wide field of view and high signal-to-noise (SNR) performance. Pixels from both sensors are co-aligned through software.

Headwall’s Hyperspec® VNIR-SWIR sensor provides image data across the broadband range of 400-2500nm, reducing processing times and yielding superior imaging performance. A CMOS FPA is used for the VNIR sensor while a cooled MCT array is used for the SWIR sensor. Inside the enclosure is a high-accuracy GPS/IMU plus the data storage and processing computer. Headwall’s VNIR-SWIR airborne sensor package measures approximately 10.7” x 8.2” x 6.5” in size (272mm x 208mm x 165mm) and weighs approximately 6.25 lb. (2.83 kg), making it suitable for aircraft and certain UAVs.

Key Benefits

  • Superb imaging performance
  • Wideband coverage
  • Pixel co-alignment through software
  • Small form-factor, lightweight
  • Robust and environmentally rugged
  • Aberration-corrected
  • High spatial and spectral resolution
  • Wide field-of-view

How to Apply the HyperSpec Co-registered

Airborne Remote Sensing / Mine Mapping / Precision Agriculture / Minerals & Mining Exploration / Environmental Monitoring / Petroleum & Pipeline Monitoring

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VNIR-SWIR Co-Aligned + Internal Data Storage + GPS-IMU

Hyperspec Nano

Headwall’s new Nano-Hyperspec® is a completely integrated hyperspectral sensor designed for the VNIR (400-1000nm) spectral range.

A completely integrated lightweight (<0.52kg) VNIR hyperspectral sensor for small UAV applications that includes on-board data-processing/storage and GPS/IMU. Today’s UAVs are exceptionally small and light and they demand payloads to match.

A key advantage of Nano-Hyperspec is that it also includes 480GB of on-board data collection/storage, plus attached GPS/IMU functionality. This allows the payload bay of the UAV to be optimized for other needs such as video or thermal imaging. Weight and space is saved, making for a more efficient airborne solution.

Nano-Hyperspec is perfect for today’s new breed of hand-launched UAVs and drones, representing a mix of fixed-wing and multi-rotor models to meet practically any deployment scenario.

How to Apply the HyperSpec Nano

Agriculture / Viticulture / Vegetation

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Headwall’s HyperCore™ Data Processing Unit manages the high-speed computing function for airborne applications in a small and very light package.

HyperCore™ is a small and powerful storage and management system that synthesizes the data streams from hyperspectral sensors plus a range of other instruments commonly used in airborne applications. Combining HyperCore™ with Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec® sensor yields a solution that is the lightest and smallest in the industry. This means more payload budget for other instruments, such as LiDAR, RGB, thermal, and FODIS, which can be all be connected simultaneously to the unit.

How to Apply the HyperCore

Remote Sensing / Mining Mapping / Precision Agriculture

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Hyperspec Inspector

Hyperspec Inspector

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Headwall’s Hyperspec® Inspector™ is a fully integrated hyperspectral inspection instrument providing reliable, repeatable spectral and spatial measurement for in-line or at-line, high volume manufacturing process lines.

The Inpector is designed for operation in harsh manufacturing and processing environments.

  • Available in versions for VIS, VNIR, NIR and SWIR spectral ranges
  • In-line or at-line process inspection
  • Very fast frame rates, up to 236 fps
  • Integrated data processing and storage unit

How to Apply the Headwall Inspector

Advanced Machine Vision / Food Production / Pharmaceuticals / Process Analysis / Waste Management

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Hyperspec SWIR

Headwall’s Hyperspec SWIR imaging spectrometer provides unparalleled spectral and spatial performance in the short wave infrared spectral region of 950 to 2500 nm. The sensor provides a complete spectrum of image data for every pixel within the field of view.

Hyperspec SWIR is available in two configurations: as a lens-based imager or as a multi-channel/multi-point spectrometer.

Each model provides different capabilities to support application requirements such as frame rates, dynamic range, region of interest binning, price, and more.

  • The industry’s smallest SWIR hyperspectral sensor
  • Standard model has 267 spectral channels and 384 spatial channels
  • Standard maximum frame rate is 450Hz
  • Stirling-cooled MCT detector

How to Apply the HyperSpec SWIR

Mining and Exploration / Process Manufacturing  / Remote Sensing

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Co-Aligned HP

Hyperspec VNIR imaging sensors encompass a broad range of models with capabilities and price points to suit any application.

Designed for use in the 380nm – 1000nm spectral range, they are available as lens-based imagers or as multi-channel, multi-point fiber instruments.

With different options for imaging performance, frame rates, and data management, users can select among three sensor models within the Hyperspec VNIR family: the N-Series, the A-series and the E-series.

  • Expansive capabilities for superior spectral sensing
  • Variation in spatial bands and spectral bands between N, A and E series
  • CameraLink connectivity to suit application
  • Non-contact analysis

How to Apply the HyperSpec VNIR

Medical / Process Monitoring and Control / Over-Conveyor Inspection

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