ICARUS Russia - Call for Proposals

Published by Max Planck Institute on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 00:00

Call for Proposals

ICARUS invites Russian scientists to propose scientific projects which are focused on movement ecology of animals. We plan to award ICARUS transmitters and local read out equipment for 2016 and 2017 years for reserch in migration of varoius species of animals. The application must be submitted by a principal investigator using special form on our web site.



Main dates:
Opens - 25 November 2013
Closes - 15 February 2014
Award decisions - 1 March 2014

Principal investigators of awarded projects will be invited to the ICARUS kick-off workshop Russia, which is planned for 19. - 21. November 2014 in Moscow, Russia. Please see the agenda attached (PDF).

Germany and Russia will implement a global system for animal observation on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015

Published by Max Planck Institute on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 14:14

Press release by the MPIO Radolfzell and DLR, German Aerospace Centre December 2013

Within the National Space program of the ISS (International Space Station) and manned space flight the DLR German Aerospace Agency is funding the development of satellite-based digital telemetry for animal observation, the ICARUS Space Project (International Cooperation of Animal Research Using Space).

The Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (MPIO), department for animal migration, headed by Prof. Dr. Martin Wikelski who is also chair holder at the University of Konstanz, has been granted financial funding for the coming years for the development of related technology. The MPIO decided to choose SpaceTech GmbH, Immendstaad, Bodensee, as the main contractor and technical project manager, because this SME has a high level of competence in the field of space technology.

The major project commenced in March 2012 with a feasibility study and has been in the implementation phase since January 2013. The prerequisite for successful continuation of the project was the ratification of the bilateral agreements between the Russian Space Agency, ROSCOSMOS, and the German Space Agency, DLR. This agreement ensures that the financial assistance from Russia matches the German funds for ICARUS.

The Max Planck Society decided to fund, parallel to the grants from the DLR, the miniaturization of the ICARUS tag.

ICARUS is a global experimental animal observation system. This project was evaluated in 2009 by the European Science Foundation in the ELIPS program of European Space Agency as scientifically excellent and in March 2012 it was supported by the DLR Space Management as a national program. The support through public funding is a significant step to an independent ICARUS Satellite constellation in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) which enables us to create a global comprehensive and long-term observation of animals of all sizes from outer space.

The ICARUS experimental system will be installed on the Russian MLM (Multipurpose Laboratory Module) of the International Space station (ISS) – presumably end of 2015. Revolutionary scientific knowledge about life, behaviour, vital functions and death of the animals on our planet is expected through the data generated by ICARUS. The globally collected data allow among other things conclusions on the spread of disease (zoonosis), findings on climate change and disaster forecast. The scientific knowledge acquired will undoubtedly be of invaluable importance for mankind and finally for our life on earth.

Finalization of the bilateral agreement between ROSCOSMOS and the DLR in Moscow on Nov.12, 2013

Published by Max Planck Institute on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 13:12
A delegation of the DLR (German Aerospace Center), Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology (MPIO) and SpaceTech GmbH (STI) met with ROSCOSMOS (Russian Air and Space), RKK Energia and IGRAS (Institute of Geography Russian Academie of Science) at the ESA office in Moscow to finalize a bilateral agreement for the implementation of ICARUS on the ISS (International Space Station) in December 2015.

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.