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Development of a new system for finding small meteorites with the help of “drones”

date of publication:
July 11, 2021 8:54 GMT

Update date: July 11, 2021 9:25 GMT

Finding large meteorites and their craters is easy, as they appear as soon as they reach the planet Earth, but scientists often find it difficult to discover smaller meteorites, which

Source: Enas El-Sayed- Erm News

Finding large meteorites and their craters is easy, as they appear as soon as they reach the planet, but scientists often find it difficult to discover smaller meteorites, of which scientists have found only less than 2 percent.

Scientists have tried to develop robots to do this task, and within the framework of this task, the researchers have developed a system that contains autonomous drones, based on machine learning, to find smaller meteorites at their landing sites, and these meteorites are either hidden or inaccessible for special reasons, according to the website. Engadget”.

The new technique uses a combination of convolutional neural networks; To identify meteorites based on their images, whether from images online or from organized phased snapshots taken by scientists.

The new technology, which relies on artificial intelligence, is also set to help distinguish between space rocks and ordinary stones, even when exposed to a variety of shapes and terrain conditions.

The researchers reached highly accurate results, and although an experimental drone correctly detected the implanted meteorites, there were also some minor errors; So it may be some time before this technology, which relies on robotic aircraft, becomes trustworthy to provide accurate results on its own.

It is planned that this technology will be of great importance in space science, if proven accurate, as it will help scientists to discover meteorites that are very small, or so far away that it is difficult to find them.

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However, it helps pinpoint the sources of meteorites and determine rock formations, and drones can also solve gaps in the cosmic debris landing on Earth.

It is noteworthy that meteorites are particles found in the solar system and consist of rock debris, and may be very small in the size of small grains of sand or as large as rocks, and the visible path of the meteorite that enters the atmosphere of the planet is known as the meteor, or “falling meteor”, and if The meteorite reached the surface of the Earth, in this case it is known as a meteorite.