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MUSES9-DR drone camera

A cutting edge snapshot spectral imager acquiring up to 24, 4K-level spatial resolution spectral images through a single, interchangeable lens

Muses9-DR drone camera, remote sensing, plant pathology, precision agriculture
Muses9-DR drone camera, remote sensing, plant pathology, precision agriculture
MUSES9-DR drone camera


MUSES9-DR bridges the gap between low end multiple lens cameras, acquiring 6-8 spectral bands in a snapshot fashion and the high-end but low spatial resolution, weighty hyperspectral cameras.  

MUSES9-DR is the world’s first drone camera for remote sensing acquiring up to 24 spectral images, spectral maps and vegetation index maps instantly, which are all displayed side-by-side at a video rate. Current commercial snapshot spectral imagers offer high spectral resolution at the cost of spatial resolution. Typical spatial resolutions offered by these systems are quite low, being in the range of 400X400 pixels. This is because they employ either lens arrays of multiband mosaic filter arrays, projecting a plurality of filtered images onto an imaging sensor, thus dividing accordingly its effective area into several portions dedicated to specific spectral bands. This way, there is always trade-off between spectral and spatial resolution.

The MUSES9-DR innovative technology combines the real-time acquisition of a sufficient set of 4K level spectral images, with an AI-based spectral estimation technique to compose a full hypercube cube, without compromising spectral or spatial resolution. Advanced ultrafast spectral classification runs is parallel with the video rate acquisition, ending up to displaying supervised or unsupervised classification maps in real time. 

MUSES9-DR drone camera

System Configurations and Accessories

MUSES9-DR is configurable to operate with airborne platforms, offering full frame, real-time color,
spectral and spectral mapping data transmission and display
MUSES9-DR drone camera

Value proposition

MUSES9-DR stands clearly ahead the completion as it combines high spatial, spectral and temporal resolution. It is the ideal solution for applications requiring live spectral image and spectral mapping inspection, while, at the same time, offering ultrahigh definition (UHD)-level image information. Indicative competitive advantages of MUSES9-DR are listed below:    

Typical commercial snapshot imagers offer about 400X400 spatial resolution. MUSES9-DR offers UHD/4K image resolution for every spectral image acquired. This radically improved spectral resolution is a valuable advantage, since it enables the precise documentation of the object/scene under analysis and the image zooming without pixelization. Moreover, it offers large field of view coverage and hence remarkably fewer capturing and data transmission steps, which are of critical importance when large areas are analyzed (e.g., drone imaging).     

MUSES9-DR captures and transmits, at video-rates, a sufficient number of raw, UHD critical spectral images. The hypercube is constructed from these raw images and from an additional image pack derived from the on-line or off-line spectral estimation, with all spectral images being evenly distributed across the spectrum. Spectral estimation-based hypercube’s dimensionality expansion dramatically reduces the requirements for both storage space and bandwidth.     

In all commercial snapshot spectral imagers, analysis/classification of hypercube data is performed at post capturing times and are not instantly available in the field. MUSES9-DR has the additional exceptional feature of delivering the entire pipeline: acquisition, capturing, visualization and analysis in real-time. Not only the hypercube data are acquired and displayed in real-time, but also the result of the analysis of hypercube data. Spectricon has invested several years of pioneering R&D to achieve this result, which advances hyperspectral imaging to a spectral visualization tool, offering non destructive analysis on the spot and instantly.    

MUSES9-DR drone camera


  • Spectral range: 400-1000nm
  • Light throughput of spectral dispersion optics: 96% (polarization independent) 
  • Spectral bands: up to 24 
  • Full spectral cube scanning time: 0s
  • Spectral image display: 24 images @ video rates
  • Spatial resolution/band: 6-megapixels (typical) 
  • Number of spectra per spectral cube: 6 million 
  • Mechanical scanning: not required 
  • Lens thread: c-mount, adapts direct to all lenses, microscopes and telescopes
  • Calibration: automatic 
  • Chromatic aberrations: corrected
  • Software: supervised and unsupervised classifiers, video rate spectral and VI mapping 
  • Modes of operation: Transmission, reflection, fluorescence
  • Weight: 310g      
MUSES9-DR drone camera


MUSES9 Camera Hyperspectral Imaging Applications, Remote sensing, Drone imaging, Marine imaging, Minerology, Plant pathology, Microscopy, Artwork nondestructive testing, Archeology, Food quality, Forensics, Biomedicine

Remote sensing

Drone imaging

Plant pathology

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