Harvesting the Hyperspectral Investment

Using Riverside Research’s expertise across GEOINT program lifecycles, we performed an instrumental role in the design, integration, and deployment of hyperspectral assets to meet US military mission needs.

History

Riverside Research staff performed an instrumental role in the design and integration of Airborne Cueing and Exploitation System Hyperspectral (ACES HY) sensors onto airborne platforms to ensure exploitation of available data to meet USAF needs. Our electro-optical engineers serving the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s hyperspectral imaging program office supported the capability verification and operational test activities required to field these powerful assets. Our team’s ability to provide in-depth analysis resulted in the development of the initial operational signature sets for ACES HY, a key component to the overwhelming success of this highly visible mission.

Challenge

The ACES HY program was a solution to a DOD time-critical need. The warfighter required an end-to-end solution to their operational requirements including sensor design, platform integration, and PED development. Because Riverside Research SME's were positioned with all the contributing organizations, we served as an unofficial integrator for the program, contributing greatly to effective, efficient program execution and mission success.

Solution/Results

Our spectral science experts leveraged their understanding of acquisition processes and the hyperspectral mission to manage and solve problems related to ACES HY processing, further supporting the Air Force’s ongoing data exploitation efforts. Our work across the program—sensor development, platform integration, and PED—helped ensure successful integration from mission concept to execution. To further hyperspectral expertise in support of ongoing needs, Riverside Research provides training and education of HSI applications, multi-agency collaboration, and subject matter expertise during critical operational missions. Our experts deliver key technical leadership across the HSI operational community, ensuring the successful employment of ACES HY worldwide. These hyperspectral sensors provide the warfighter a multi-mission intelligence source readily adaptable to our adversaries’ changes in tactics and procedures. Continued investment could leverage this model for system migration (e.g. from Predator UAS to Reaper) or to continued application across Service missions (e.g. demonstrated successes of hyperspectral systems to Army missions).