A new hyperspectral sensor that could be used to detect drug labs or bomb-making facilities is set to deploy in early 2012 onboard the MQ-1 Predator, according to the U.S. Air Force. The Airborne Cueing and Exploitation System Hyperspectral (ACES HY) sensor works by collecting light reflected off objects on the ground from across the electromagnetic spectrum, which can help identify objects not visible to the human eye. By looking for specific spectral “fingerprints,” hyperspectral sensors ...


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