Fire Urgency Estimator in Geostationary Orbit

FUEGO’s objective is to detect the very beginning of wildfires in the western part of the USA from the Mexican to the Canadian borders, and from the Pacific coast past the Rocky Mountains. The satellite in geostationary orbit has an imager operating in two infrared bands (4 and 10 microns) and a visible imager for context information. The satellite will determine the geographic location of beginning wild fires, monitor their evolution, expansion, and motion direction to provide this information in almost real time to fire agencies and early responders on the ground. For more information see the FUEGO website.

fuego spacecraft taking an image of a fire