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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, plan to launch an ICARUS receiver to the International Space Station in 2014 with the hope of tracking about 1000 small animals by the end of the year and the potential to follow thousands more. ICARUS is being developed by MCP Scientific Committee member Martin Wikelski and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology in Germany.