ICARUS: International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space.
ICARUS’ mission is to work towards establishing a remote sensing platform to track small organisms globally. The European Space Agency, along with the Russian Space Agency, launched an ICARUS receiver to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2019. A testing phase will begin in 2020 and shortly after, ICARUS will be available to users.
The ICARUS system will collect data including GPS location, acceleration sensors, magnetometer, and temperature. These data will be sent to the ISS and stored on Movebank to make the data available to the scientific community. The mass of the tags will be less than 5 grams.
ICARUS is being developed by MCP Scientific Committee member Martin Wikelski and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology in Germany.