A high-speed camera for monitoring vegetation from space and combating famine in Africa is being adapted to spot changes in human skin cells and to help diagnose skin diseases like cancer.
In fact, the extraordinary digital infrared sensor from The European Space Agency's (ESA) Proba-V vegetation-scanning satellite is being adapted for several non-space applications.
AdvertisementThe space sensor can help doctors to look deeper into human tissues for detecting skin diseases earlier. It also has a bright future in industry. It has already been shown to improve solar cell production as well as spotting defective items on production lines.
Developed by the Belgian company Xenics, the camera sees light we cannot by looking in the shortwave infrared range.
"To humans, two green trees could look similar. But with this camera, we might detect that one is growing well and the other is unhealthy," said ESA's Michael Francois