ICARUS' mission is to work towards establishing a remote sensing platform for scientists world-wide that track small organisms globally, enabling observations and experiments over large spatial scales.
How does ICARUS work?
Data collection in logger tag on individual small animals including GPS, 3D-acceleration, magnetometer, temperature and other sensors
Autonomous energy supply (solar cell in combination with rechargeable batteries)
On-tag processing, data reduction, and selection of relevant data
Transmission of small data packages to LEO satellite (Low Earth Orbit)
CDMA coding of signal and data
Decoding of signal on board of satellite, downlink to ground station
Data distribution and storage via Movebank (www.movebank.org)
Next steps of ICARUS
ICARUS will fly experimentally on the International Space Station (ISS)
2017-18 Testing phase with pre-selected projects
2019 Opening ICARUS for the scientific community
At the moment small animals (birds) cannot be tracked globally