New High-Res Public Satellite Uses Infrared To See Through Smoke

Our New High-Res Public Satellite Uses Infrared to See Through Smoke

Much like donning a pair of magical X-ray spectacles, DigitalGlobe's recently-launched high-res imaging satellite WorldView-3 can see straight through things like smoke — to identify what's really happening on the surface of the Earth. While WorldView-3 will create images that are twice as detailed as Google Maps, it also has other tricks up its sleeve — like a shortwave infrared sensor which can see through clouds and smoke.

Just like in this image, which shows before-and-after imagery of a California forest fire. The results are dramatic — and it's hoped that making detailed images like these public could eventually help firefighters tackle the blazes and save lives too. [Digital Globe via Engadget]

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