Technical Solution

Published by Max Planck Institute on Tue, 11/15/2011 - 20:31

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 (

Next steps of ICARUS

ICARUS will fly experimentally on the International Space Station (ISS)
2017 Launch
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