FUEGO Satellite to Provide Fire Relief on West Coast

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Oct 232013
 

I live on the USA West Coast and know a thing or two about wildfires. I have a hard time getting insurance on my home since it is considered to be in a high risk “brush area”. A year ago, a 540 acre wildfire came within 3 miles of my home. And, every year in California there are wildfires which need time, manpower, muscle, technology, resources and money to fight.

So, that’s why I was happy to hear that researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have come up with a unique satellite design, called FUEGO (Fire Urgency Estimator in Geosynchronous Orbit).

According to Boise Weekly, “…they’ve designed such a satellite, with state-of-the-art sensors which would snap pictures of the ground every few seconds in search of hot spots that could be newly ignited wildfires. The researchers said firefighting resources could then be directed to the hotspots of preventing the fires from growing out of control.”

The early detection and immediate feedback from the FUEGO satellite will save time, money, land and lives. No word yet as to how campers would be affected. But, if successful, trees and homes will also be saved and less carbon will be spewed into the air we breathe.

Photo Credit: R. E. Lafever, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 

Feb 252011
 

Future spaceships and spacecraft will be nothing like the old Apollo or Soyuz vehicles that took astronauts and cosmonauts to places no man has ever gone before. The pictures, photos, images and future design of the spaceships and spacecraft on this page will show you this.

Future spaceships and spacecraft will be used for tourism, exploration, military and scientific ventures. Just like today’s cars, boats and airplanes, future spacecraft will also come in a myriad of designs where form and function meet along with the technology that propels us everywhere in the solar system we’ll need to go.

The pictures of future spaceships show how scientists and engineers are now designing vehicles to propel us into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), to the Moon, to Mars and beyond. Future space hotels (and other dwellings) in orbit and colonizing the Moon and other planets will also be necessary for our future ventures into space.

Space Tourism

Space Tourism

Space tourism as envisioned by Virgin Galactic and Sir Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Airlines plus a company called Scaled Composites shows (pictured above) the VSS Enterprise flying into LEO and giving its passengers a few minutes of weightlessness and an overwhelming look at the curvature of the Earth.

Space Hotel

Space Hotel

Future space hotels (such as this concept from Galactic Suite) will accommodate tourists, scientists, government workers and business people all with different positive interests in expanding the world of land and water in which we all live.

Ark 1

Ark 1

Ark 1 from the Lifeboat Foundation is supposed to be a self-sustaining space colony that is meant to keep the human race alive in the event of a global disaster such as nuclear war or major asteroid strike. To debunk the rumors, however, there will not be room to bring animals 2 by 2 onboard. 🙂

Plasma Rocket

Plasma Rocket

Plasma propellant engines, cold fusion rockets or another transformative, disruptive technological form of energy that may not yet be on the scientific drawing boards will propel future spaceships into the outer reaches of the solar system. Pictured above is a NASA VASIMR (Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket).

Mars Spaceplane

Mars Spaceplane

This Mars spaceplane picture shows what the future will behold for us as space travel advances from the Moon and space hotels to the farther reaches of the solar system.

Earth Rise

Earth Rise

But, no matter how far we venture out into the universe, there will always be an awesome Earth rise awaiting us back home. And this will make ventures into space worth it in the end.

 

For more information on future space travel and missions see what else there is to learn just by poking around this place.

Credits: Virgin Galactic, Lifeboat Foundation, Galactic Suite, NASA