|FireSat, a concept developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Photo: NASA/JPL|
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory technology can be turned into a global network of satellites that can report a wildfire anywhere in the world within 15 minutes.
The FireSat system, built around a low-power sensor that can detect fires once they reach 35 to 50 feet, would notify emergency services within three minutes after the detection. The system of more than 200 satellites would provide almost nonstop wildfire detection from space.
The coverage would allow FireSat to spot fires in remote locations where someone isn’t likely to see the smoke. Existing fire-searching satellites can only detect fires about twice a day, according to JPL. Read more here.