Australia's Bushfire-Hunting Satellites

Check out Atomic Frontier! - start with the video on a country-sized telescope or the world's deepest scuba dive • Turns out that trying to precisely detect fire from space is more difficult than "point a camera at it".

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  • Making this documentary was a blast, although to be honest with you, halfway up the tree I was definitely having second thoughts about being able to make it to the top. Thanks, Tom, for this amazing opportunity!

    Atomic FrontierAtomic Frontier5 månader sedan
    • Loved watching and listening to it. Very informative video.

      tulsatrashtulsatrashMånad sedan
    • So stoked for you James, always been such a legend and an extremely talented and diligent individual \m/ Rock on dude, killing it TJ

      NewAgeTJNewAgeTJ4 månader sedan
    • @Papa's Scooperia Worker example of how can variate his voice so its not as monotone

      SimsideSimside4 månader sedan
    • I've climbed one of those trees, the view is definitely worth it from the top!

      MusikurMusikur4 månader sedan
    • @l1tn1ng b0t 85 Hey, If you ask me what time it was when you said that. I would say "Now silly head!" You know if you asked me that same question at this moment. I would still say... And when you read this "It's Aways Now! Silly Head. Lov'n ya.

      Wil BalrightWil Balright5 månader sedan
  • This guy's really cool! Tom chose well.

    DragonickDragonick29 dagar sedan
  • Wow, can't believe I climbed this tree 6 years ago now

    LeviLevi29 dagar sedan
  • That tree may protect you from kangaroos mate, but not from drop bears.

    RobouroborosRobouroborosMånad sedan
  • Australia exist?

    Supermarine SpitfireSupermarine SpitfireMånad sedan
  • 6:32 : thats a cool picture 6:35 : *ww2 flashbacks*

    the floofsterthe floofsterMånad sedan
  • I’ve climbed it

    James NegusJames NegusMånad sedan
  • As there is an infrared window around N band, satellites can look down to earth. But why can't we look up and see only the moon and sun, no satellites or stars, nebulas, galaxies.

    MrVipitisMrVipitisMånad sedan
  • Content

    Riley CarpenterRiley Carpenter2 månader sedan
  • So you're telling me that the 45 m HR drop tower was really built as a fire lookout tower?

    Daedalus YoungDaedalus Young3 månader sedan
  • Tom Scott: who are you? Atomic frontier: I’m you... but younger.

    TippexTippex3 månader sedan
  • Are you planning to present Country File next ?

    Jamie HughesJamie Hughes3 månader sedan
  • At least someone is doing something to prevent bush fires. It must have been snuck under the government's nose.

    Captain ChairCaptain Chair3 månader sedan
  • Tom would be really cool to have as a boss.

    anomie nousanomie nous3 månader sedan
  • Imagine Tom and I did a thing made a video collector

    Some DudeSome Dude4 månader sedan
  • The script was really interesting, but not the delivery I'm afraid

    Gazpacho TabletopGazpacho Tabletop4 månader sedan
  • Damn, I somehow thought that the title was talking about bushfires being used to hunt down satellites.

    Hoovy Simulator 2Hoovy Simulator 24 månader sedan
  • Put these in brazil

    Stigs Ukrainian CousinStigs Ukrainian Cousin4 månader sedan
  • Yep, the kids gonna have yer job.

    Patrick RoherPatrick Roher4 månader sedan
  • Ayyyyyy I go to Curtin University in WA, this is fuckin weeeeird

    Flynn DenbyFlynn Denby4 månader sedan
  • I’m not from Australia but I have lookout points in my area that are still in use.

    RebelRhiannonRebelRhiannon4 månader sedan
  • 💖.

    Girliest MammyGirliest Mammy4 månader sedan
  • This is an interesting doco but I don’t remember fire tracking be that much of a problem problem with 2020 bushfires, problem was limited staff and budget needed for fire control, less back-burning done before Fire season, water miss management and the ever worsening climate

    donnieh deadonnieh dea4 månader sedan
  • Kangaroos are killers beware them

    donnieh deadonnieh dea4 månader sedan
  • Remember that number people. Over 1Billion. 1,000,000,000 animals died. We will never get those numbers back... never

    liam parsonsliam parsons4 månader sedan
  • This intro was almost the exact same as the previous video

    Extended MagExtended Mag4 månader sedan
  • He's definitely gonna overtake Tom's job

    Rezky Donny PutrantoRezky Donny Putranto4 månader sedan
  • Am I the only one who thinks that ladder looks really dangerous

    [deleted][deleted]4 månader sedan
  • @Tom Scott, I love this initiative! Kudos to you for increasing the viewer base for these youtubers.

    Cyrus JamesCyrus James4 månader sedan
  • the police should check tom scott's hard drive. definite nonce vibes

    cocoringococoringo4 månader sedan
  • James: "Fire flickers at 12 Hz" Animators who didnt get fire looking exactly right: "WRITE THAT DOWN!"

    MrAntiKnowledgeMrAntiKnowledge5 månader sedan
  • What a brilliant video 😁

    Joy KeeneJoy Keene5 månader sedan
  • At the end and beginning of every year there is a inferno at your doorstep in Australia but this year there is no fire God is up to something

    LIZARD KINGLIZARD KING5 månader sedan
  • hey guess what Tom Scott “We flew a kite in a public place.”

    uh oh stinkyuh oh stinky5 månader sedan
  • Had the pleasure to study with James in my second year engineering units two years ago. We were working in the same group trying to do something I don't remember what anymore. Very happy to see him in this space.

    Akhil NaseemAkhil Naseem5 månader sedan
  • i just realized that i've been there, and i live in Norway!

    Daniel NymoDaniel Nymo5 månader sedan
  • brilliant!!!

    Bella_therapy Corinne RBella_therapy Corinne R5 månader sedan
  • Tom Scott 2 !!!

    Pitivan38Pitivan385 månader sedan
  • yo go to Greenland

    Gal4xyGal4xy5 månader sedan
  • I really like this video, I really do, but something hit me when I realized that his voice was consistently going up and down sentence by sentence and I'm not sure where that's called but it made it really hard for me to pay attention ._. I'm not trying to be rude

    Baloo The BearBaloo The Bear5 månader sedan
  • stop uploading at 20fps you pleb

    Zenn22Zenn225 månader sedan
  • 10 illegal things to do in london we flew a kite in a public place bam bam bam bam bam we flew a kite in a puuuub-

    Hi ThereHi There5 månader sedan
  • I approve of people who make videos with Tom Scott about fires. 😉🔥

    ARTiculationsARTiculations5 månader sedan
  • Imagine if there was a fire under a look out tree

    Messerschmitt Bf-109Messerschmitt Bf-1095 månader sedan
  • Are these cubesats in use currently? If yes, why didn't they detect the bush fires this year?

    G Sai AnirudhG Sai Anirudh5 månader sedan
  • Okay, sure, you're away from the roos, but you realise you're entering the very lair of the drop bear, right?

    UnitSe7enUnitSe7en5 månader sedan
  • Funny when us in australia are on fire again.

    FloydyFloydy5 månader sedan
  • Positively fascinating

    NicoNico5 månader sedan
  • Best video I have possibly ever seen

    Deciduous 77Deciduous 775 månader sedan
  • I remember when you dropped 2 drums and a cymbal off a cliff

    Colin DemmonsColin Demmons5 månader sedan
  • 1:34 Hey what's up guys, Scarce here

    Hung OverHung Over5 månader sedan
  • What are you gonna do if the tree burns down?

    EndurEndur5 månader sedan
  • West Aussie Respresent! :)

    Matthew HarveyMatthew Harvey5 månader sedan
  • James: Congratulations on such a well-made and *clearly enunciated* video. Good to see and hear a fellow Aussie who doesn't mumble! Keep it up!

    21stCentury Ozman21stCentury Ozman5 månader sedan
  • Great work from whoever this dude is.

    K JohnK John5 månader sedan
  • make sure to install optifine.

    Bright SpaceBright Space5 månader sedan
  • I still think you know all the fnaf history and doesnt want to tell us

    doggonimous doggodoggonimous doggo5 månader sedan
  • The part that really got to me was "low cost satelites". The single fact that those words can be put together is a testament on how far we've come since the 50's.

    YROYRO5 månader sedan
  • What if the fire starts coming up the tree

    Sir Steven Harvey IIISir Steven Harvey III5 månader sedan
    • Well if the fire is close enough for it to be burning your tree, then you’re an idiot for still being up there

      MISSION101MISSION1015 månader sedan
  • Tom we’re waiting for appalling puns #6.

    Tired NationalsozialistTired Nationalsozialist5 månader sedan
  • Why do you look like Forrest Gump at the beginning of this video bruh

    KingKing5 månader sedan
  • My jaw is on the floor from the quality of this video.

    reinl7reinl75 månader sedan
  • these could be covered by the use of drone and helicopters why would any one fork out billions of dollars when I could use the money buying more aircraft and fire appliances doesn't really make a whole load of sense e.g I can a 747 aircraft for 26.3 million that's puts fires out, people need to start thinking about putting out fires as fast as possible.

    Matt DonnellyMatt Donnelly5 månader sedan
    • @Oi Meu Chapa ok so people ring 000 and you report a fire. That's how the system works we have planes already fly every day we have 9 plane that fly different areas already in Perth everything is tracked, through people on the ground and helicopter in the sky, all the water bombers do is suppress the fire for ground crews to put the fire out, so why do we need satellites when we could buy more fire fightering equipment to put the fire out

      Matt DonnellyMatt Donnelly4 månader sedan
    • But how would you know where the fire is located at, you need to put the fire out before it spreads

      Oi Meu ChapaOi Meu Chapa4 månader sedan
  • If I ever move to Australia, remind me to mount a huge array of red LEDs on the roof and flash them at 12Hz.

    eDoc2020eDoc20205 månader sedan
  • 100's of million dollar documentaries aren't as good as this one

    DaFluffyOwlDaFluffyOwl5 månader sedan
  • The moment you realize your a high school nerd when you understand everything he's saying

    Timmy ChoTimmy Cho5 månader sedan
  • I could never climb that tree, imagine if you slipped through the bars 😬

    Lilly like da flowerLilly like da flower5 månader sedan
  • The way that I remember fighting those fires in my own backyard, and then being able to see such high quality imagery of what everyone else would have seen at the time. It was just smoke, and there was no power, so we had absolutely no idea how much had burnt or how close the fires were unless they were at you back door. I mean Wow, that’s some great quality footage, like better than the photos I could take because I couldn’t even see 2 meters infront of me Lmao

    Dumb bitch ClubDumb bitch Club5 månader sedan
  • 7:00 why isn't that *fire lookout tower* rigged with PTZ cameras? I mean that was on "The new inventors" over ten years ago now.

    TruNeighborhoodWatch TNWTruNeighborhoodWatch TNW5 månader sedan
  • Aussie Aussie Aussie!

    BigJMC9BigJMC95 månader sedan
  • This was a fantastic, informative video. Really enjoyed learning and listening

    Jon FullerJon Fuller5 månader sedan
  • job replace? i sub for ur personality and for you. not for anyone else. when you leave so do i

    carlos tha rippacarlos tha rippa5 månader sedan
  • 0:59 The bars over his head, are those handholds for going back down?

    James AnthonyJames Anthony5 månader sedan
  • We're likely to get a lot of false positives from things that are red, but not on fire. Best line of the century.

    Michelle ZableMichelle Zable5 månader sedan
  • Ooh, I've climbed that tree too! Very cool.

    MazMaz5 månader sedan
  • Everyone holds hand next to face.

    Bill ZusnerBill Zusner5 månader sedan
  • *I did a thing* made Aurora borealis in his kitchen and it was similar to what you did

    Mike HuntMike Hunt5 månader sedan
  • British youtubers: The NHS needs a lot of help these days. Me an american: isn't that the thing the smart high school kids got in.

    Firefalcon7193Firefalcon71935 månader sedan
    • Me, an American who has been to a town starting with N: The whole high school is NHS, and that NHS has its own NHS.

      eDoc2020eDoc20205 månader sedan
  • Neil Degrasse Tyson fistfighting this guy over who gets to say keep looking up

    yan-Derictionyan-Deriction5 månader sedan
  • Wow this was actually quite amazing.

    Kraum LankoKraum Lanko5 månader sedan
  • Impressive quality A+++

    Lord MotorsportsLord Motorsports5 månader sedan
  • A very good video not from Tom this time but just as interesting

    Paul JamesPaul James5 månader sedan
  • Never knew bushfire can hunt satellites too

    GunslingerGunslinger5 månader sedan
  • who else just held their hand to their face?

    ezra limmezra limm5 månader sedan
  • In regard to your last sentence: Could it be a guest presenter talking about deepfakes with your face on top?

    IntemperiaeIntemperiae5 månader sedan
  • Wait I thought you died

    Francesco GriffoFrancesco Griffo5 månader sedan
  • His speech is a little too sing-songy, which I realise is the convention for reports but seems a little overdone. I much prefer Tom's more conversational tone. That said, this was excellently produced video and I'm definitely subscribing to his channel.

    Bassem B.Bassem B.5 månader sedan
  • Instead of just checking for a red channel as well as flickering artifacts, could you use infrared imaging? Although I assume the issues related with that would include increase in costs and the cold of space masking off any radiated heat that small.

    Mason BMason B5 månader sedan
  • That Japanese satellite imagery was just mesmerizing!

    zapfanzapfanzapfanzapfan5 månader sedan
  • started a uni module on remote sensing this Monday, great timing 😁

    Happy BeHappy Be5 månader sedan
  • The host has the very typical WA accent. It sounds like a curious mix of SE England and general Australian. I have the same accent. It's because Perth and WA has the highest rate of British migrants, and so many of us here have dual nationality because our mum or dad (or both) are from the UK.

    TD BTD B5 månader sedan
  • Woah this is some serious production quality on this one

    PayneDeathzPayneDeathz5 månader sedan
  • me, But also not me , Is this related to new Vsause video Illusions of Time.

    Mike ShaneMike Shane5 månader sedan
  • I wasn’t expecting to be amazed from beginning to end. This was perfect

    Henrique de AlmeidaHenrique de Almeida5 månader sedan
  • So its like curing symptoms instead of the problem causing them... How many people will have to go and stop fires? Stop warming the earth instead? ...Nah?

    NothingzNothingz5 månader sedan
  • That intro had serious Firewatch vibes and I'm all for it.

    Stephanie HoStephanie Ho5 månader sedan
  • I wish more Aussies knew more about fire and its necessity in the landscape rather than being paranoid and frightened of the very thought of it. Such a stupid time we live in...

    Terminal EntityTerminal Entity5 månader sedan
  • "Red, but also, not on fire." Is such a great line.

    Jordan L.Jordan L.5 månader sedan
  • Awesome video

    Austin DunlopAustin Dunlop5 månader sedan
  • Instant subscribe. This dude is fantastic.

    hotelmario510hotelmario5105 månader sedan