ICARUS at the SFCG-33 Meeting in Toulouse, 25 June to 3 July 2013

Published by Max Planck Institute on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 21:06

The ICARUS mission was introduced during the 33rd annual meeting of the Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFCG-33) by a German delegation of the DLR (German Air and Space) and the MPIO (Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology). Prof. Martin Wikelski, principle investigator of this project, presented the ICARUS mission  personally and applied for an ICARUS frequency band which will be used for the uplink and the downlink to/from the ISS (International Space Station).


ICARUS technical meeting with RKK Energia, IGRAS Moscow and the DLR at lake Constance

Published by Max Planck Institute on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 20:39

Eight engineering specialists from RKK Energia Moscow  and a delegation of IGRAS (Institute of Geography Russian Academie of Sciences) and the DLR (German Air and Space) met with the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology at Radolfzell and SpaceTech GmbH in Immenstaad for first dicussions on the implementation of ICARUS on the ISS (International Space Station) in December 2015. The delegates signed a protocol confirming the ongoing cooperation.

ICARUS in the COUNTDOWN newsletter of the ESA Ministerial Council 2012 at Naples

Published by Max Planck Institute on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:48

'Some of the research subjects addressed under ELIPS-4 are entirely new. Many species on Earth migrate continuously. Scientists investigate these great annual migrations to improve their knowledge of range and migration patterns – not least with a view to understanding biological invasions and pandemic diseases. However, biologists only know the details of the migration routes of very few animal species, most of them big. The migratory patterns of birds or insects leave scientists generally in the dark. This is where the ICARUS project comes in, under which animal migrations are recorded from the ISS. It involves equipping small animals like birds or butterflies with small transmitters (5g), which indicate their position with a precision down to a few metres. At the same time, the ICARUS project is designed to initiate a boost in technology towards further miniaturisation and to improve communications between orbit and Earth'.

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Job Advert for ICARUS

Published by Max Planck Institute on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:30

The Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Vogelwarte Radolfzell, is an internationally renowned research institution working in the field of Animal Migration and is leading the ICARUS Project, the International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (www.icarusinitiative.org). We are building up an interdisciplinary Management, Technical/Engineering and Research Team on satellite-based global animal tracking within the ICARUS project.

We have four open positions
- Engineer with a background in bio-telemetry or communication
- 3 Research Scientists in animal movement

We are looking for highly motivated people with good communication skills and international work background who are willing to collaborate in a small, effective team.
The positions ideally will begin in January 2013. Screening of applications will begin on December 15th, 2012. For further details, please contact Uschi Mueller (umueller@orn.mpg.de, phone: +49 7531-884725).

Please send your application with a CV, a ½-page statement of work interest, and three references before 14th January 2013 to:

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology Personalabteilung Eberhard-Gwinner-Str. D-82319 Seewiesen or per Email: personal@orn.mpg.de

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ICARUS at RSC Energia Moscow, December 3-5th 2012

Published by Max Planck Institute on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 12:44

Representatives from ROSCOSMOS, RSC Energia, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Science, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, SpaceTech and DLR meet in Moscow from 3rd until 5th of December to discuss opportunities of a potential cooperation on the ICARUS system.