CubeSat to lift veil on our environment's extremes

November 30, 2018

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, announced, on 5 December 2018, that it would be extending its Earth observation capabilities by acquiring Australia’s first CubeSat designed to detect invisible infrared light.

To be known as CSIROSat-1, the new satellite will allow researchers from CSIRO and other institutions to 'see' features that can't otherwise be seen using satellite imagery in the visible spectrum.

Although the satellite is a pilot and relatively small, the data collected will be valuable for detecting land cover changes such as flooding events or deforestation, detecting bushfires through smoke, and studying cloud formation and the development of tropical cyclones, as well as many other applications.

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