NovaSol has an ongoing contract with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) that started in 2000 to demonstrate the feasibility of a hyperspectral LOng-Range Oblique Photography (LOROP) sensor called Diamond 1. The prototype sensor combines a short-wave infrared HSI system with a high-resolution panchromatic camera in an existing reconnaissance POD. The system has been successfully tested on a P-3 Orion aircraft. Future versions are planned to be deployed with high performance aircraft (F-18) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
The Diamond 1 program encompassed all of Sensor System’s disciplines, from sensor development to navigation systems and precision pointing. In order to acquire accurately geo-registered hyperspectral images over a distance of 25 nautical miles, NavaSol engineers had to meet the challenge of precisely pointing the optical path of the system within tenth of microradians.The advantage of aquiring HSI and panchromatic data simultaneously is fully exploited in another NovaSol program, Fusion Processors. The fusion of these data streams in real time promises to greatly enhance the military's airborne reconnaisscance capabilities.
Diamond 1 SWIR hyperspectral sensors with dynamic focus drive.
Diamond 1 test flight on March 26, 2003.