The WildFireSat system will consist of one or more satellites equipped with infrared sensors that will measure the energy emitted by wildfires. This energy is referred to as Fire Radiative Power (FRP). With FRP information, essential characteristics of wildfires such as fire intensity and rate of spread can be derived. It will also give us accurate data on carbon emission from wildfires.
On April 28,2021 Photonics21 published an article "PHOTONICS HAS LIFT-OFF: FRENCH ASTRONAUT USES FIBRE-OPTIC DOSIMETER TO MEASURE COSMIC RADIATION", this is detailing a breakthrough use of Photonics to measure cosmic radiation aboard of the International Space Station (ISS) the product of a collaboration between Laboratoire Hubert Curien, CERN and iXBlue a sensor company.
While those stars are at least trillions of kilometres away, satellites manufactured on Earth can be as close as 400 km. Today, more than 2,500 artificial satellites populate the skies, and within the next 10 years that could grow to 50,000.
This month we will focus on the photonics used in space and space applications.
Canada is the country that can observe the Northern lights that not only offer a unique spectacle for the eye but whose study can bring an important understanding of the phenomenon and its importance in different areas like communication.
We have shown in previous articles in the past years that Photonics sensors and optical sensors have an essential role in advanced manufacturing.
On May 11, 2021 - CMC Electronics Montréal, has released a press statement of its new Dual Wavelength InGaAs Avalanche Photodiode (APD) Preamplifier Module. It stands out by its "capability to provide the best signal to noise ratio in its class. Its fast overload recovery also minimizes receiver damage and usage interruption from high laser bursts."