New Ultraviolet Airborne Mapping Camera Delivered to CRS SIA Latvia

By August 28, 2013 Uncategorized No Comments

Calgary, August 28, 2013 – What is likely the world’s first wide-swath airborne ultraviolet mapping system, the UVC-1800, was recently delivered to the Institute for Environmental Solutions, of Riga, Latvia. IES will be adding this broadband camera’s UV coverage to their existing multiple-spectrum airborne laboratory. In addition to Lidar, using their ITRES imaging sensor suite IES can provide multiple-spectrum mapping imagery covering the ultraviolet, visible-near infrared, and shortwave, midwave and longwave infrared regions.

The UVC-1800 is a new wide-swath (1800 across-track imaging pixels) ultraviolet instrument built upon ITRES’ new pushframe optical design, introduced earlier with the TABI-1800 and TSR-1800 midwave infrared systems. Pushframe imaging combines elements of both frame and pushbroom imaging systems to deliver the ability to provide fast flight speed capability during surveys while maintaining high spatial resolution.

Sensitive to 280-375nm, the mid- to near-ultraviolet wavelength spectrum covered by the UVC-1800 is of interest to the IES for use in a variety of applications including vegetation mapping, detecting pollution in water bodies, and for the airborne corona inspection of overhead power lines. The UV spectral region is unique from infrared regions in that its shorter wavelengths both tend to be absorbed by objects rather than reflected, and increased scattering may also occur from finely-textured surfaces. Both characteristics play roles in such disparate situations as detecting organics that have fluorescent properties, or detecting differences based on paint or coatings that would otherwise remain invisible or difficult to sense.


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Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) is a flexible, modern, and interdisciplinary research organization whose goal is to advance airborne remote sensing science for wise management of natural resources and environment. Open to scientific collaboration, the IES is equipped with an airborne hyperspectral laboratory consisting of a suite of Lidar-integrated hyperspectral and broadband sensors covering UV to longwave infrared wavelengths, including the UVC-1800, CASI-1500, SASI-600, MASI-600, and TABI-1800, as well as an RGB camera.

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