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Final Report - HAWKEYE (Thermal infra red hyperspectral sensing assistance to clandestine weapon surveillance under working conditions linking fixed airborne or space borne systems)

Project ID: 516168
Funded under: FP6-AEROSPACE

Abstract

This is the final activity report of the Hawkeye project which was launched in August 2005 to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of thermal infrared hyper-spectral imaging (TIHSI) sensors. These remote sensing units are able to provide spectral information for every pixel of the image they acquire. This spectral information is then used to detect traces of materials - solids, liquids or gases.

The need, however, to detect a new spectrum of materials typical of the development of clandestine weapons and activities related to homeland security made it necessary to adapt the existing technology to meet new performance requirements. Eight organisations, specialised in the development and analysis of hyperspectral data worked together on this project.

In this report, a description of the basic principles of infrared hyperspectral imaging spectroscopy and the TIHSI sensor developed during the Hawkeye project is followed a list of possible scenarios of use and the results obtained during ground and airborne experiments.

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