ANU satellite to monitor bushfires

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A satellite to monitor bushfires will be developed by researchers at the Australian National University.

The satellite will measure forest fuel load and vegetation moisture levels, with the technology detecting changes in plants and trees such as the flammable eucalypts.

The ANU Institute of Space has awarded A$1m (US$660,000) to the team to build an optical system that can detect changes through infrared detectors on board the satellite. It will operate in low-Earth orbit.

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