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Airborne Hyperspectral Imaging Systems–Resonon

resonon’s airborne hyperspectral sensors are completely integrated turnkey solutions, with all the hardware and software necessary to acquire georegistered hyperspectral data.


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resonon’s airborne hyperspectral sensors are completely integrated turnkey solutions, with all the hardware and software necessary to acquire georegistered hyperspectral data.

Systems can be fitted with any of Resonon’s hyperspectral imaging cameras, covering the 350 – 1700 nm spectral range.

Airborne systems can be mounted on both manned and un-manned aerial platforms.  Payload weights begin at 1.55 kg.  Contact us to discuss integration into your drone or remote sensing platform.

System components:

  • Hyperspectral imaging camera
  • Objective lens
  • System Control Unit – for onboard data collection
  • 600 GB onboard data storage
  • GPS/IMU – to record sensor position and orientation
  • Georectification software – to correct for GPS/IMU information
  • Radiometric calibration
  • Calibration tarp
  • Spectronon – Resonon’s hyperspectral data analysis software
  • Training services (optional)

The airborne system is designed for easy mounting into most standard drone gimbals.  Drone and gimbal are not included.

The video shows a Pika L airborne system in action.  Hyperspectral data from this flight is available from our downloads page.  The drone in the video is a Freefly Alta 8 with a Freefly Movi gimbal.

Tutorial materials for post-processing airborne data can be found at our downloads page.

Airborne System Data Sheet

YouTube video


Complete System Weights

CameraStandard GPS/IMU (kg / lb)High Precision GPS/ IMU (Dual Antenna) (kg / lbs)
Pika L1.55 / 3.411.69 / 3.71
Pika XC23.37 / 7.413.50 / 7.71
Pika NIR-3204.31 / 9.484.45 / 9.78
Pika NIR-6404.31 / 9.484.45 / 9.78

Power Requirements: 12 – 24 V; 13 – 16W operating, 23W peak

Power can come from external batteries or the drone or aircraft.

Calibration Options

Downwelling irradiance sensorDownwelling Irradiance Sensor for Resonon Airborne Hyperspectral Imaging SystemPoint spectrometer oriented upwards to monitor solar illumination during flight.
Calibration ground tarpsCalibration Ground Tarps Reflectance ChartFabric tarps with a known reflectance, used as a calibration standard. Placed in the scene of interest.
Radiometric calibrationLabratory measurement of imager’s absolute response. Used during data post-processing to convert raw data to radiance.

GPS/IMU Options

Standard UnitHigh-Precision Option (Dual Antenna)
Accuracy, SBAS (m)0.60.6
Accuracy, Pitch (deg)0.20.1
Accuracy, Roll (deg)0.20.1
Accuracy, Heading (deg)1.00.2
Weight (kg / lbs)0.05 / 0.100.18 / 0.40

Product Data Sheet

Resonon Product Catalog

Pika L Airborne Hyperspectral System Dimensions

Pika XC2 Airborne Hyperspectral System Dimensions

Pika NIR Airborne Hyperspectral System Dimensions

Airborne System Data Sheet

Product Manual

Airborne Hyperspectral System Manual [pdf]

Airborne Post Processing Summary [pdf]

Airborne Radiometry [pdf]

Introduction to Data Processing with Spectronon [pdf]

Creating Training Sets and Using Regression Analysis in Spectronon [pdf]

Using the Batch Processor [pdf]

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