According to dronedj, scientists estimate that around 500 meteorites plummet to Earth every year and only 2% of them are located. To find more of the fallen meteorites, researchers at the University of California test the use of AI-powered drones.
Meteorites are mostly detected with the help of satellites; however, satellites can only detect larger meteorites. In the case of the new method, drones are equipped with cameras and can search for smaller meteorites as well. Besides, the drones are powered with artificial intelligence that can help drones to distinguish rocks from meteorites.
Studying smaller meteorites is essential to learning about their origin, the collisions that sent them to Earth, and flight path down to the ground. That information further educates experts on the 40 asteroid families in the asteroid belt, and the early evolution of our solar system.