Skip Navigation
SBIR/STTR

AquaScan: A miniaturized UV/VIS/IR hyperspectral imager for autonomous airborne and underwater imaging spectroscopy of coastal & oceanic environments, Phase II

Completed Technology Project

Project Introduction

AquaScan: A miniaturized UV/VIS/IR hyperspectral imager for autonomous airborne and underwater imaging spectroscopy of coastal & oceanic environments, Phase II
The AquaScan, a miniaturized UV/VIS/NIR hyperspectral imager will be built for deployment on a UAV or small manned aircraft for ocean coastal remote sensing applications. The hyperspectral system includes a data acquisition system with remote operation capability proving a real-time waterfall display of the hyperspectral scans. OKSI teamed with Scripps Institution of Oceanography to define and design a sensor that explicitly meets the performance requirements needed for ocean remote sensing of coastal regions, but can also be used for terrestrial remote sensing. Specifically, some key requirements called for: 1) high spatial resolution (< 1 meter), 2) high spectral resolution (< 10 nm), UV NIR coverage (300 1000 nm), 4) high sensitivity for low reflectivity of ocean surfaces, 5) provide simultaneous downwelling solar radiation measurements, and 6) allow for operating mode that avoids specular reflections off ocean surface. The AquaScan design was completed during the Phase I effort. During Phase II the sensor will be manufactured, tested, calibrated, and prepared for flight testing. The system will then be demonstrated during several airborne tests off the Southern California coast. The tests will include measurements of spatially/spectrally unique ocean phenomena including red tide blooms and river plume run-offs after heavy rain storms. Coordinated ship-based remote sensing and in situ measurements will take place concurrently with the newly developed miniature UV/VIS/NIR airborne measurements. The ship-based measurements will serve as ground truth for validation/verification. In addition, OKSI will attempt to coordinate data collections with satellite passes (e.g., MODIS, MERIS, SeaWiFS). Comparison with satellite data will serve as validation and demonstration of the capability to support future satellite programs (e.g., GEO-CAPE). More »

Anticipated Benefits

Primary U.S. Work Locations and Key Partners

Project Library

Share this Project

Organizational Responsibility

Project Management

Project Duration

Technology Maturity (TRL)

Technology Areas

^