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This flying fire sensor can help track forest fires from a satellite in space

With wildfires now ravaging western North America, a new team of onboard specialists hopes to develop a space-based solution to stop the fires before they get out of hand.

According to a statement from the University of California, Berkeley, the project could one day help future firefighters obtain “fire behavior” maps within 20 minutes of an outbreak, using satellite data combined with machine learning (a form of artificial intelligence).

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