An Australian-made Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensor system being launched at the Avalon 2023 Australian International Airshow is set to revolutionise situational awareness from drones and manned aircraft.
The Hyperspectral Optical Radar (HSOR) is a real time autonomous wide-area hyperspectral sensor – delivering data for critical decision-making in both challenging or contested environments.
The technology’s Melbourne-based developer, ARKEUS, says the world-leading sensor slashes current exploitation time for hyperspectral imagery from days or hours to mere seconds.
“We understand that speed is critical, and no existing system comes close to this level of responsiveness; the HSOR offers significant capability enhancement for security, stability and sovereignty objectives,” says ARKEUS’ chief executive officer Simon Olsen.
Developed under contract for the Australian Department of Defence, with sponsorship from the Australian Navy, the HSOR also offers a new level of precision when it comes to information processing, with operators able to filter and define objectives specific to mission requirements rather than being flooded with excess data to manually manage.
“There is no more searching through surplus information to eliminate threats or discern a contact from an anomaly; the HSOR processes data on the edge to deliver specific contact intelligence at optimum speed to facilitate immediate decision-making,” says Mr Olsen.
HSOR surveillance capabilities are also unprecedented. The technology is optimised for aircraft or drones conducting a wide variety of missions over land, sea or littoral environments including maritime domain awareness, ISR, border protection, city size surveillance and reconnaissance, force protection, counter terrorism, illegal activity monitoring or search and rescue.
“The HSOR is the first system that can support both day and night operations in all conditions and all environments on both water and land, superseding all current situational awareness capabilities,” Mr Olsen says. “ARKEUS is proud to herald the next generation in payloads, small enough to fit within the size, weight and power constraints of a tactical UAS. We are anticipating considerable interest not just within Australia, but from the US, Europe, the middle east, and the Asia Pacific.”
The Victorian Government’s Defence and Aerospace Team is hosting ARKEUS throughout Avalon 2023 in the Victorian Government Pavilion. The HSOR will be available for viewing in Hall 2, Stand 2G19.
Arkeus accelerates decision making through the fusion of optics and autonomy.
Arkeus specializes in rapid design, innovation and fabrication of autonomous optical capabilities - designed to deliver transformative effects for Search, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (SISR).
Arkeus wide area autonomous optical search and surveillance systems are optimised for a range of missions including ISR, border protection, city size surveillance, force protection, counter terrorism, illegal activity monitoring or search and rescue - across land, sea and space - specialising in extracting critical intelligence and surveillance information and disseminating that data in challenging or contested environments.
For more information about Arkeus, visit www.arkeus.com.
Simon Olsen, CEO
Arkeus Pty Ltd