ICARUS Go live 2020 – start successful

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.

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Next steps in the ICARUS project

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


ICARUS Go live 2020 – start of commissioning phase

The ICARUS mission for satellite-based animal tracking is reaching its next milestone: The ICARUS antenna on ISS will start its commissioning phase on Tuesday March 10th , after switch-on at 10 a.m. by RSCE (S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia)(S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia) in Moskau. Shortly after, we will be able to see first “housekeeping” data, expected to show that the system and communication works properly. In the afternoon, we will further be able to receive the data collected that day by the ICARUS antenna. The first trackable SpaceTech flyover of the ISS will be on March 11th at 0:28 a.m. This event will be tracked automatically by SpaceTech’s test ground station.

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ICARUS antenna installed on ISS


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ICARUS tracking of signals from tags and antenna

OneWeb Satellites awards SpaceTech for outstanding performance

All our hard work on the ambitious OneWeb Satellites mission for a mega constellation of small satellites, allowing for global internet, results in two great news:

  1. The next 34 launched satellites are all working perfectly fine – our deployment mechanisms performed as well as expected.
  2. On February 11th, 2020, SpaceTech has been awarded by OneWeb Satellites as best small company performer, being one of over 100 suppliers on the project. All in all, they awarded 7 companies for their outstanding performance. We feel honored and are proud of our innovative, smart, super-fast and low-cost solution, especially for this project. Once again, we see this path being confirmed as the right track of our future in the evolving and changing space industry worldwide.

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Thank you OneWeb Satellites – Thank you STI team!


OneWeb GEN1 – next step for global internet

Thursday, 6th February 2020 - Tonight, the next 34 OneWeb satellites will be launched with a Soyuz medium-lift launcher by Arianespace. This, being a milestone of the Airbus OneWeb (AOS) mission for a mega constellation of small satellites, allowing for global satellite-based internet.

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OneWeb mission goal

The AOS mega constellation will provide high-speed, low latency services (3G, LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi coverage) to a wide range of sectors, such as aviation, maritime, enterprise, backhaul services, community Wi-Fi, government, emergency response services and more. OneWeb’s most important goal however is connecting schools and bridging the digital divide for people everywhere.


About one year ago, on February 27th, 2019, the initial 6 OneWeb satellites had been successfully orbited. These 40 build the base for the planned mega constellation of 900 small satellites being put in the Low Earth Orbit until 2021.

Witness the Soyuz launch start today 10.42 pm in the live stream of Arianespace's youtube channel >


ICARUS Interview SWR

Dr. Kolja Nicklaus, Business Development SpaceTech GmbH, steht Andreas Herrler vom SWR Rede und Antwort zum zweiten Versuch das Projekt ICARUS zum Erfolg zu führen. Welchen Anteil trägt SpaceTech an der Mission und wie sehen die nächsten Schritte aus?

SWR Aktuell Radio, ausgesendet am 06.12.2019