New Hybrid CASI-1500h Purchased by NAVOCEANO

By May 29, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Calgary, May 29, 2012 – The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) has purchased the new CASI-1500H imager from ITRES. This hybrid variant of the VNIR CASI-1500 (Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager) maintains the performance edge of the original sensor, but features a smaller and lighter design that also eliminates the need for a separate instrument controller. Delivery of the system is scheduled for later this summer.

  • CASI-1500 (Hybrid VNIR with integrated electronics
  • Hyperspectral, programmable, up to 288 bands
  • 380-1050nm spectral range (continuous)
  • 1500 across-track imaging pixels
  • FOV/IFOV: 40 degrees/0.49 milliradians
  • Size: 53cm H x 30cm W x 38cm D (21″ x 11.75″ x 15″)

The new hyperspectral CASI-1500H has been reduced in size by ~70% (by volume) from the original CASI-1500 sensor +controller, in addition to being ~20% lighter. The performance specifications of the instrument have not been degraded. All system control, optical, readout, and recording functions have been consolidated into a single portable unit to further simplify installation in smaller aircraft.

New CASI-1500h Hybrid Original CASI-1500
Components Single unit; sensor head with integrated instrument controller Two separate components (sensor head and rack mounted instrument controller) plus associated cables
Benefits of the CASI-1500h
  1. High sensor performance maintained;
  2. Integrated CASI-1500h sensor head smaller than original CASI-1500 sensor head (the new sensor still fits existing installations);
  3. Separate instrument controller and rack now unnecessary;
  4. Sensor head to controller cables eliminated.

NAVOCEANO, part of the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX), will use the CASI-1500H with their new Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL), a hydrographic / topographic lidar system developed by Optech International. The CASI hyperspectral VNIR mapper and lidar sensor will be used for NAVOCEANO’s global coastal and nautical charting and mapping activities. This new purchase by NAVOCEANO now brings the total number of CASI systems owned by JALBTCX to five (5) systems.


ITRES is a leading-edge technology company specializing in the development, manufacturing, and use of hyperspectral airborne sensors. ITRES offers sensor systems that cover visible-near-infrared, shortwave infrared, midwave infrared, and thermal infrared wavelengths. Services include providing airborne hyperspectral imaging for defense & humanitarian applications, and environmental and commercial mapping applications in forestry, agriculture, wetlands, water quality, coastal zone, mineralogy, geology, heat loss, wildfire mapping, and search and rescue.


The Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) is a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, the Naval Oceanographic Office, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Their mission is to perform operations, research, and development in airborne Lidar bathymetry and complementary technologies to support their coastal mapping and charting activities.



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