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BIRD - The first satellite for spotting forest fires
From the ground, forest fires are often discovered very late. However, they can be spotted much earlier from the air or even from space. DLR is testing the technologies of such an early warning system with BIRD (bi-spectral infra-red detection), a small satellite that was successfully launched from India on 22 October 2001.
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