The Spectral Imaging Laboratory (SPILAB) was founded in 2002 as a private corporation to develop novel spectrometers and cameras. The principals are research scientists and engineers who pioneered the development of imaging spectrometers for planetary remote sensing. Their research began in 1985 at Rockwell’s Satellite and Space Electronics Division, birthplace of the Global Positioning Satellite system (GPS), and continued through the 1990s at Officine Galileo’s Space Optics Division, where the first Offner grating spectrometer was developed for the Cassini mission to Saturn. In 1996 the research expanded into spatially multiplexed Fourier transform infrared spectrometers and echelle grating spectrometers, with the worksites moving to CalTech and Oxford University. The echelle grating spectrometer was ultimately adopted by NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory for earth remote sensing, and the spatial interferometers have been used for laser induced emission and breakdown spectroscopy. In 2004 SPILAB began research into bio-inspired artificial compound eyes, which are new types of distortion free, wide-angle cameras with an infinite depth of field (no focus adjustment is required).

Binocular Camera

Artificial Compound Eyes


Infrared Cameras

Laser Emission Spectrometer

Spatial FTIR and LIBS

VIMS flight instrument

Offner Grating Spectrometers

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