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.
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).
Published by Max Planck Institute on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 12:28
ICARUS was successfully presented at the DLR (German Air and Space) Space Pavillon during the ILA (International Aerospace Exhibition) 2016 in Berlin. The launch and the implementation of the ICARUS hardware on the Russian Service Module of the ISS is now confirmed for June 2017.
Above please see the brandnew ICARUS article 'space-based animal research' released in the DLR "Countdown" Magazine, June 2016.
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:
Prof. Dr. Martin Wikelski, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Department of Migration and Immuno-ecology and Professor at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Head of the ICARUS Project.
Prof. Dr. Gil Bohrer, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Dep. Of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering.
Prof. Dr. Meg Crofoot, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Davis and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Panama.
Prof. Dr. Roland Kays, Research Associate Professor, North Carolina State University and Director of the Biodiversity & Earth Observation Lab, Nature Research Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, U.S.A.
Dr. Kate Mansfield, Assistant Professor and director, Marine Turtle Research Group, Biological Sciences Department, University of Central Florida, USA.
Dr. Grigori Tertitski, Senior Researcher, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
Prof. Dr. Kasper Thorup, Head of Ringing Section Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
New ICARUS brochure
Earth observation through animals
Countdown to Icarus
ICARUS simulation film
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