The ICARUS on-board equipment planned to be accommodated in 2016 on the Russian Segment of the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Consists of electronic unit, transmit antenna and 3 receive antennas.
  • Detection of up to 500 tags in the reception range of the antennas.
  • Provides communication coverage with tag of 90 % within 24 hours in an area between 58° Northern and Southern latitudes.

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Overview of deployed ICARUS system

The technical challenges are:

  • Global tag coverage to record long distance migration patterns
  • Simultaneous communication with a multitude of animal tags
  • Extremely low tag mass and size to allow tracking of small animals
  • Long, maintenance-free tag life in order to cover complete migration cycles
  • Logging of internal (physiological) and external (environmental) state of animals.

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