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Cal Poly Pomona students launch wildfire detection satellite in NASA program – Daily Bulletin

With support from NASA, a group of Cal Poly Pomona students are set to launch a miniature satellite designed to scan and identify wildfires from miles away.

Called Bronco Ember, the miniature satellite can autonomously detect, track and record coordinates and send them to fire agencies before a fire spreads and burns thousands of acres.

The university’s Bronco Space Club is one of three groups and the only university program chosen to advance to the inaugural NASA TechLeap Challengewinning $500,000 during the yearlong competition.

Using an infrared camera, the students developed a cubesa miniature satellite about half the size of a loaf of bread and assembled a special facility to train artificial intelligence to alert if something is burning from afar.

The 3-pound satellite includes a camera and other equipment fit into a small container about the size of “a slim shoebox,” according to a Cal Poly Pomona news release.

The Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Space Club is testing the Bronco Ember on a hill in Diamond Bar in December 2021. (Photo courtesy Zachary Gaines)

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