“Wildfire detection is set to reach new heights – literally – thanks to a special CubeSat in low Earth orbit.

This shoebox-sized satellite, Kanyini, was developed at the University of South Australia as part of the federally-funded SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre…

According to data published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth and Remote Sensing, the on-board AI model reduced data beamed back to Earth by 16% and used almost 70% less energy to perform the analysis while detecting fire smoke 500 times faster than conventional processing at ground facilities.”

From Cosmos.