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.
The 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.
"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