BaySpec Inc., a provider of miniaturized spectral engines, has introduced the OCI-UAV, a hyperspectral camera designed specifically for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).
The camera, an ultra-compact version of the company's OCI-Series hyperspectral imagers, features a significant reduction in size (camera head only 8 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm with a computer of 10 cm x 7.5 cm x 3 cm) and weight (approximately 0.6 lb., 272 g).
It also has a faster data transfer rate (up to 120 fps) with automatic data capturing and processing. Other features include real-time image data preview and a non-slit design that significantly reduces system complexity.
Unlike conventional hyperspectral imagers, which rely on intensive software efforts for orthorectification, BaySpec says, the OCI-UAV-1000 features a ‘True Push-broom’ where the imager can move to scan at random speeds. The OCI-UAV-2000 is a snapshot multispectral imager that fundamentally eliminates artifacts caused by vibrations in flight. These advancements significantly reduce requirements on UAS/ROV integration, the company explains.