Milestone reached: ICARUS starts commissioning
Today, the ICARUS payload on the International Space Station was switched on. At 10 a.m. we had a live talk with the Russian ICARUS project leader Prof. Mikhail Belyaev in Moscow and received the first data, proving that all hardware is working properly. Tonight, at 0:28 a.m., we will observe the first flyover of the ISS with fully operating ICARUS payload with the STI ground station.
Today’s event marks the start of the ICARUS commissioning phase. During this four months period, various tests with receive and transmit antennas as well as with the animal tags will be performed. The “day to day routine work” of the ICARUS animal tracking system will start in July. The commissioning phase is split into five different steps:
Phase 1: March 10th – 31st, 2020 Receiving/sending of signals (background noises, “noise-map”)
Phase 2: April 6th – 17th, 2020 Characterization of receive window
Phase 3: May 20th – 31st, 2020 Tag testing with tag simulator (1,000 tags simulated) and STI test ground station
Phase 4: June 1st – middle of June, 2020 Field testing of tags with test tags
Phase 5: middle of June – end of June, 2020 Field testing of tags with 5 g prototypes