The second and last part of the ICARUS payload has arrived to the International Space Station and is now ready for installation by the cosmonauts. The equipment, mainly consisting of the ICARUS Antenna, was launched on Tuesday 13.02.2018 at 09.13 CET inside Progress MS-08 from Baikonur Cosmodrome and arrived to the ISS on Thursday 15.02.2018 after a two days journey. The next steps are the installation and commissioning of the ICARUS on-board computer inside the ISS in April 2018 and the extra-vehicular activity for the installation of the antenna outside the Service Module Zvezda in August 2018. After the final system level tests, the payload is planned to be fully operational at the beginning of Autumn.
ICARUS payload is designed to receive science information from miniaturized devices attached to animals, known as tags, and send reconfiguration commands if needed. The hardware on the ISS is designed to communicate with more than 100 tags simultaneously, providing the capability of daily communication with thousands of devices around the Globe.
SpaceTech GmbH has developed, manufactured and tested the ICARUS payload over the last 4 years as leader of a team of German SMEs. The project was commissioned by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and is funded by the German Space Agency DLR in cooperation with Roscosmos.
Here you can find the German news about the Launch (from Schwäbische Zeitung): Press Articles