Non-binding pre-order for basic ICARUS satellite tags

Published by admin on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 13:51

The experimental and not-for-profit ICARUS animal tracking system will be launched to the ISS in early spring 2017. Non-binding pre-orders for basic ICARUS tags are being accepted now with the aim to provide sufficient numbers of tags immediately after the system is operational (late spring/early summer 2017). The tag specifications are available here.
Current design plans also include an ear tag for mammals and an aquatic/marine popup tag. Stay tuned – more information coming in summer 2016.

In short, basic ICARUS tags weigh <5 grams and in average solar conditions get 12 GPS points per day, as well as 3D-acceleration, 3D-magnetometer and temperature data. Expect one daily transmission of these data via satellite. Additional data (at good sunlight conditions) are written into the tag's memory for later readout with a portable base station.

The approximate costs will be:

  • 500-700 € / basic ICARUS tag (price depends on number of pre-orders)
  • 150 € annual service fee per tag for the ICARUS User Data Center

Once operational, ICARUS data will be available in your private and password-secured Movebank account. Thanks to the bi-directional communication link, ICARUS tags can be re-programmed via your web-interface to the ICARUS User Data Center. The ICARUS data are expected to become public after 1-3 years in The Movebank Data Repository, similar to other remote sensing data, except for sensitive data (ICARUS data policy will soon be announced).

Please follow the link below to pre-order basic ICARUS tags now to ensure you will be part of the first delivery of tag:

Testing of the ICARUS flight hardware successfully finalized

Published by Max Planck Institute on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 14:00

All partners (Roscosmos, DLR, RSCE, STI, MPIO and I-GOS) met from 29.5.-2.6.2017 at Lake Constance to hold the German part of the acceptance test of the ICARUS flight model. The ICARUS hardware will now be shipped to Moscow for the final tests in July. Ready for launch, the ICARUS flight model will then be transported to Baikonur approximately one month prior to the launch in October.

Successful Acceptance Test of the ICARUS Qualification Model

Published by Max Planck Institute on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:18

Roscosmos, DLR, RSCE, MPIO, I-GOS and STI have held a successful meeting on February 16th to conduct the first part of the acceptance test of the qualification model of ICARUS (QM AT 1) and coordinate the future milestones of the project.
Due to the failue of the December Progress Launch, there is a complicated situation with respect to the resources on the ISS. This situation has caused a delay for the ICARUS launch. Instead of the June 15th date, we expect the confirmation of the ICARUS launch date now for October 12th, 2017. 


Workshop on "Earth observation through animals"

Published by Max Planck Institute on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 14:04

A very successful workshop on "Earth observation through animals" was held on September 30th at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin. The meeting was organized by the Leopoldina The German National Academy of Sciences and coordinated by Martin Wikelski (Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell) and Katrin Böhning-Gaese (Senkenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre BIK-F, Frankfurt). Attached the program of the workshop (only in German).

ICARUS flight hardware - built and ready for the launch in June 2017

Published by Max Planck Institute on Fri, 08/05/2016 - 15:08

The ICARUS Antenna ready for the launch to the International Space Station ISS in June 2017. The picture was taken at SpaceTech GmbH in Immenstaad where the ICARUS hardware was built.