Wildfire Detection with a Microsatellite

  • Paul J. Thomas
  • Charles Hersom
  • Saad Al Kenany
  • Doug Staley


Wildfires (Table 1) tend to be small objects that are hot compared to the ambient thermal environment. They occur infrequently and give rise to clustered events when large. Systems have been developed for fire detection from an aircraft platform1,2. A small, incipient wildfire can be masked by the forest canopy for some directions of viewing. Wildfires can make the transition from incipient’ to ‘large’ in a time interval as short as one hour. The economic impact of wildfires can be significant, on the order of billions of dollars annually worldwide. Early detection and regular monitoring of wildfire events are valuable, to constrain human activity in the affected regions and to allow timely decisions on active intervention for fire suppression3.


Attitude Sensor Attitude Control System Fire Detection Detector Pixel Disturbance Torque 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul J. Thomas
    • 1
  • Charles Hersom
    • 1
  • Saad Al Kenany
    • 1
  • Doug Staley
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Space and Terrestrial ScienceNorth York
  2. 2.Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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